How to Make a Drop-Down Ceiling Light Using Christmas Tree Bulbs

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How to Make a Drop-Down Ceiling Light Using Christmas Tree Bulbs
Use Christmas string lights to make a chandelier. (Getty Thinkstock)

A chandelier or a lighting fixture for a drop-down ceiling light not only illuminates a room, but it also serves as décor Using Christmas tree bulbs, you can make your own drop-down ceiling light. You can choose to use one main colour for the light fixture, such as all white lights, all blue lights, etc. You can also opt for a multicolour light fixture by using Christmas light bulbs of various colours.

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Things you need

  • 2 rolls of 5 cm (2-inch) ribbon (colour of your choice)
  • 1-2 light strings (Christmas bulb colours of your choice)
  • Straight pins
  • 40 cm (16-inch) plastic foam circle
  • Light chain with a switch

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  1. 1

    Secure one end of the ribbon to the foam circle with a straight pin.

  2. 2

    Add a light string to the foam circle. Wind the Christmas light bulb strings around one side of the foam circle. Attach the light strings to the foam circle with straight pins by sliding the pins between the light string wires that are twisted together. Do not push the straight pin though the actual wires because it can break the connection. Continue this until you create the desired light fixture look. You can also wrap the light strings around the foam circle to create a flush light fixture instead of having lights that hang from the foam circle.

  3. 3

    Loop the 5 cm (2-inch) ribbon through the centre of the foam circle and around so that it overlaps and covers the foam. Secure the other end of the ribbon with a straight pin.

  4. 4

    Create the hangars for the light fixture. Cut four strips of the other 5 cm (2-inch) ribbon so that each piece is the same length. Choose the length according to how low you want the chandelier to hang from your ceiling. Attach the four pieces of ribbon to opposite side of the foam circle from the lights using straight pins.

  5. 5

    Bring the four pieces of ribbon together to tie a bow or knot bow at the end that attaches to the ceiling.

  6. 6

    Attach the light chain swag with the switch to the ceiling and plug it into the nearest outlet. Plug the light string into the light chain and flip the switch on the chain to turn the light fixture on and off.

Tips and warnings

  • You can use the Christmas light strings that look like icicles to create more of a hanging look on your light. Although these lights typically only come in white rather than multiple colours.

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