If you don’t own Adobe Photoshop or something similar, try Pixlr’s free online photo editor (www.pixlr.com). Its basic functions are a lot like Photoshop’s. In this program, you can also use the lasso tool to trace your silhouettes.
Mini Ribbon Chandeliers
Difficulty Rating: Easy
Do-it-yourself party decor doesn’t need to be elaborate and tedious. In fact, an impromptu party is even easier than you think with a simple idea like this one for mini ribbon chandeliers. Their small size makes them manageable. Using supplies you have on hand, you can complete one in about 20 minutes. Group an assortment to make more of a statement and impress guests with all the frills and fringe. And once the party is over, these chandeliers look just as sweet hanging around your home.
Mason jar bands of various sizes
Ribbon in various materials and colors
Hot glue gun and glue sticks
1. For each chandelier, cut a 20-inch piece of yarn.
2. Take one metal band and one piece of yarn. Double-knot both ends of the yarn onto the band, placing them across from each other. Repeat this for each chandelier.
3. Cut various pieces of ribbon, lace, string, yarn, and velvet to size for each chandelier. Vary the lengths for a more eclectic look. In this example, the trimmings were cut down to 15 to 22 inches in length.
4. To make muslin strips, cut a small square of muslin the same length as your other trimmings. Along one edge, cut little incisions spaced at about 1/2 to 1 inch apart. Take each sliver and rip it from the muslin square. The fabric rips fairly straight and the edges look frayed and natural.
5. Take your first piece of trim, put a dab of hot glue on one end, and apply it to the inside of the metal band. The trim should come up and hang over the outside of the band. Continue this all the way around until the entire band is covered. You do not need to follow a specific pattern. Instead, place trim at random and visually compose each chandelier as you go.
6. Hang your chandeliers, grouping them for a more stunning effect.