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Make your own Chandelier out of Clothes Hangers!

Tutorial for making your own chandelier (out of clothes hangers)
Enjoy crafting at home!

This chandelier is not only unexpected but it looks cool too!

 What you need: bike rim and outer gear (adult sized), 36 wooden hangers, 6 ft of chain, cord for light, 73 zip ties, 2 large c-hooks, spray paint (optional), and thin wire (optional).

I got this idea online and about a week later I found an old rusty bike by the dumpster.  I was so excited! 

I wanted my bike rim/gear and hanger hooks to match so I spray painted them.

I hung the bike parts from a tree using fishing line.

 The hangers were already covered in plastic when I bought them so I just taped the top to avoid painting the wood.


 If your rim has 36 spoke holes, but a zip-tie in every 12th hole (so you have 3 evenly spaced) from the inside-out.

Attach hangers to each zip-tie.  If your hangers are shaped inward, MAKE SURE your hangers are laying the same way so they fit together smoothly.  TIP: don’t tighten them all they way until the end.

 Next, zip-tie the top of the hangers to your gear so they’re evenly spaced.  Find items to put in the center to hold the gear up at the right height while you’re working. 

After I zip-tied all my hangers to my gear I decided the hangers weren’t laying flat very well because of the 4 areas on the gear that stuck out into the center (it made the hangers pull in different directions).  In the end I decided to string wire through each hanger and around the gear to attach them and clipped off the zip-ties when I was done. I also pushed the hangers to the opposite side beause they layed flat better that way. 

 Here is what it turned out to look like using the wire.  Once I got the hangers to lay how I wanted them I tightened all the zip-ties and trimmed them.

For the chain I attached 3 links to each of the 4 points on the gear and then attached the main chain to all 4 pieces.  I doubled up the main chain link (where all links attached together) to make sure everything was secure.

I attached the wire of my light to the chain using a zip-tie and hung the chandelier with a large c-hook and a smaller one in the corner of the room to hold the wire up along the ceiling.  Because our ceilings are so low I couldn’t have it hang any lower, but I think it would look really cool to have the chain longer from the ceiling if possible (that’s what the 5′ of chain is for).


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  • Reply melimba

    who are you and how did you get so DARN creative? Dani! you KILL ME!

    this is awesome.

    very very cool!!

    can't wait for this big weekend! it's funny, b/c the boys leave Monday and the moving truck comes Tuesday! hAAA! Hope your husband won't mind sleeping in a box! 🙂 Wish you guys could come too!

    One day, I propose we do a huge vacation where we all pitch in and rent a big house for the week. Would that be great or what?! I think so too. Until then, sending you a cyber high five! Awesome awesome project, girl!

    February 28, 2013 at 7:21 am
  • Reply you can call me aunt choody

    Now THAT'S what I'm talking about.

    February 28, 2013 at 7:21 am
  • Reply Britt-Marie

    You never cease to amaze. That is pretty cool. I like the look of the white wood spiraling around. I'm not sure I would keep the hooks on though, can you unscrew them?

    February 28, 2013 at 7:21 am
  • Reply Tracy Elder

    Wow!! So creative!!! You amaze me with 3 little ones running around too!!!

    February 28, 2013 at 7:21 am
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