Hello! It’s Kara from A Kailo Chic Life again, and today I wanted to share this DIY tropical paper lei chandelier with you. Have you all seen a pajaki chandelier before? They are a polish chandelier made with flowers and straws and used as both party decor and everyday room decor (I think they would also be super cute as a crib mobile). I have seen so many versions popping up everywhere, and wanted to try my hand at a tropical lei inspired one for summer. Thanks to the Sizzix Bigz Tropical Lei and Tropical Leaf Dies, the process of making my own was not nearly as daunting or time consuming as I thought it would be. And just look how gorgeous it turned out!
- Sizzix® Big Shot
- Sizzix® Bigz™ Die Tropical Lei
- Sizzix® Bigz™ Die Tropical Leaf
- Card stock in your choice of colors (I used marigold, light pink, coral, dark pink, peach, teal, grass green, and dark green)
- Hot glue
- 12” or larger (depending on the size of the chandelier you want to make) gold metal macrame hoop
- 1 Roll pink twine
Begin by using the Sizzix® Bigz™ Tropical Leaf Die to cut out the two shades of green card stock. You will need 8 leaves of each color green.
Next, use the Sizzix® Bigz™ Tropical Lei Die to cut out the other colors of card stock to create all your flower lei pieces.
Once cut, use a pencil to curl the edges of the paper flowers and leaves, then use the hot glue gun to glue the leaves, flower, and flower center together. You want to make sure that you leave the center hole on the flowers free of glue so that you can string them onto your twine later.
Once you have all your flowers assembled (you will need 56 flowers for a 12” hoop), it’s time to assemble your chandelier. Begin by tying eight 24” long pieces of twine around in the 12” hoop spaced evenly apart from each other. Use a small dot of hot glue to secure the twine on the hoop and keep it in place. Next, string the first flower onto each of the 8 twine strings. For the next layer, glue two flowers back to back with the piece of twine in the middle about 2-3” up from the first flower. Repeat on all 8 strings. Then, thread on another single flower about 2-3” up from the previous flowers. Again, repeat all the way around the hoop on all the strings. For the final flowers, add two flowers glued back to back with the twine in the middle again, but this time, skip every other piece of twine.
Now that all the flowers are on the top part of the chandelier, you can tie the ends of all the strings together and hang the chandelier from a door way to work on the bottom portion. For this section, you will want to tie 8” long pieces of twine around the hoop next to the pieces you tied for the top portion. Again, use a dab of hot glue to secure these in place. For the bottom strings, you will need to thread on two flowers, then glue on two leaf shapes with the end of the twine sandwiched in between the two leaves. For the leaves, I alternated the green colors around the hoop as well as changed how much of the twine was glued in between the leaves so that some hung higher and some hung lower to give the chandelier more asymmetrical look on the bottom.
Once the leaves are all attached, your chandelier is ready to display at a tropical luau cookout or as a pretty decor piece for summer. This project took about 4-5 hours to make including creating all the flowers for the chandelier, but it is definitely a project that can be made while watching a movie or your favorite TV show at home. Plus, the Sizzix® Bigz™ Dies let you cut multiple sheets of card stock at once and creates the perfect pieces to give this chandelier all the tropical summer vibes in a fraction of the time of using an electronic cutting machine!