How to make a balloon chandelier

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How to make a balloon chandelier
Fashon balloons into a chandelier for an original party decoration. (Jupiterimages/BananaStock/Getty Images)

Balloon chandeliers offer an original way to display balloons, as well as a fast and inexpensive way to spruce up your light fixtures. Balloons are translucent, meaning they diffuse light while adding colour and vitality to a space. For this reason, balloon chandeliers can add a touch of fun and romance to an event at the same time. You don't even have to purchase one of these chandeliers; you can make one yourself in an afternoon.

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Things you need

  • Small balloons
  • Needle
  • Nylon thread
  • Sticky wall hooks

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  1. 1

    Blow up about three dozen small balloons. Make them about the size of your two fists put together and pear-shaped. Choose a colour scheme to give your chandelier a sense of order. Primary colours, all pastels or one solid colour would work well. You could also use clear balloons.

  2. 2

    Thread a needle with clear, nylon thread and pass the needle and thread through the knot of each balloon. Pierce the knots only; if you get even a little of the inflated part of the balloon, your chandelier will start to deflate. When finished, you should have a long string of balloons.

  3. 3

    Stick some sticky wall hooks to your ceiling around the light fixture you want to embellish. Place the two hooks on either side of the fixture about 8 inches from the bulb. Place the next two hooks about 10 inches from the fixture and the last set of hooks about 12 inches from the fixture.

  4. 4

    Tie about 20 inches of nylon thread around the knot of your first balloon. Tie the thread into a loop and hook it over the first sticky hook next to your light fixture. Tie an 18-inch piece of nylon thread to the sixth or seventh balloon and loop that thread over the next sticky hook.

  5. 5

    Decrease the length of your nylon thread by 2 inches each time as you continue hanging your balloons from the sticky hooks. This will create a long balloon spiral that is long and narrow in the centre and becomes wide and short around the edges.

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