Shannon Berrey

How to make a ribbon chandelier

Wednesday, May 02, 2012

 I wanted to share another project that we used to decorate for this years Prom. This Ribbon chandelier is not only super easy to make, but my version is also really inexpensive. 

Wal-mart had hula-hoops in many different sizes. Because of this, I decided to create a 2-tiered chandelier. The venue was a large ballroom.Therefore the decorations needed to be over-sized or they would simply get lost. 

Using string, I tied the 2 together making sure the length of the string was the same, in 3 places. The largest hula hoop was on top and it got 3 additional pieces of string that were knotted together to hang the chandelier.  

The Prom theme was neon and glow-in-the dark. I found flagging tape at Lowe's which is fantastic for this project! It is basically a really thin vinyl that comes in a couple of different widths and is florescent orange and pink. It's called *tape* but it is non-adhesive and is primarily used to mark land points by surveyors. Online I found that it comes in other neon colors and prints, as well. At Lowes, it was in Tool World and it is crazy cheap--200' of 1" was $2 and 600' of 2" was $4.75. {Compare that to a spool of ribbon!!} I cut different lengths from about 5'-12'.

I also bought 1 sheet each of yellow, pink and green neon posterboard. Using my 1 1/2" circle cutter, I started cutting out rows of circles.

I cut a piece of string and with a dot of hot glue, attached the dots to the string. I loved the look of the cut out circles on the posterboard so I decided to incorporate them into the chandelier. I cut them into strips and attached each with a piece of flagging tape. I began tieing the pieces of flagging tape on to the hula hoop by creating a loop and pulling the ends of the tape through the loop. This created a knot. I also had some remnants of silver ribbon and a spool of aqua ribbon that I used.  

 There is no right or wrong to this project! You can add as many pieces, colors and lengths that you like.  

It hit me that there needed to be some white because that IS the color that glows under black lights. I knew that I had an unopened white plastic tablecloth that I had in my 'party box'. It was from the Dollar Store and it was super thin. I unfolded it just a bit and simply cut through many layers, creating strips.     

The chandelier was probably 6' long when it was complete.  



This is a really bad picture that I snapped in the dark as the chaperones were showing up. We decided to hang it instead outside in the atrium. It fit perfectly over the existing fixture. We simply used a few pieces of clear packing tape.     

The kids liked it so much that they decided to whip up 2 more as we were setting up. They used a single hula-hoop and hung them to hide the speakers on the ceiling.

You can spot it in the back of the room.

 This would be a really fun addition to a birthday party, upcoming graduation party, or photo shoot. And here's the best part:


 Here's another fun product I found in Tool World:

This is a recoil air hose. It is 25' and looks like a big slinky. It's lightweight and we cut it into different lengths with scissors. We also snipped off the metal ends. You can somewhat control your lengths by  stretching it out a little. The room had a drop ceiling so we just tucked it into the tiles. They were $9/pc, but you can get 2-3 pieces out of each one {cheaper than a regular slinky and way cooler looking!} I would have loved to have used more, but we bought all they had in stock.   

We also left Lowe's with lots of ferns and I bought fluorescent spray paint {in pink, orange, yellow and green} to add some color to the ferns.

I just have a cell phone pic, not actual 'in place' pics. But, it's a fun, simple way to add additional neon to the decor. 

It just hit me that Lowe's should have sponsored this prom, right???!!! Who would have thought?? But when you live in a tiny town with no party store, you have to think outside the box!!

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I'm an artist, interior designer, wife and mom. Join me here as I share projects, ramblings, and inspirations.
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