Art & Craft Gift Ideas for Poor Creative Souls


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You can use an old lampshade and use the frame or pick up an old one from the thrift store. You can also purchase them new in art and crafts shops but recycling makes this project more fun.
These are the materials you'll need:

- paint swatches in the same tones or you can use multi-colored if you prefer
- wire frame from old lampshade (this will hang upside down)
- large circular hole puncher
- cellotape
- cotton thread
- scissors

Start punching your circles from your paint swatches. You'll need quite a few depending on the length you want your chandelier to be. This project will take between 40-60 swatches.

Lay out your paint medallions, coloured side down, in the desired order. Tape down a long piece of coloured thread along the middle of the backs of each medallion. Then using a piece of tape, cut down the center width wise, tape together the edges where one medallion meets the next. Without this final piece of tape, the medallions with rotate on their piece of thread, thus showing the bar codes, text and colour names usually located on the backs of the paint swatches. If that doesn’t bother you then this step isn’t necessary! Repeat this step until all of your chandelier strands are strung and taped together.

Turn your lamp shade upside down and fasten it somewhere where it can hang freely. Start stringing on your strands along the perimeter of the bottom of the chandelier until the entire metal base is covered. Then start stringing strands along the widest ‘top’ of your chandelier so that the lowest part of your strand hits the mid point of the bottom layer. Continue this all the way around until the entire chandelier is covered. Add a ribbon to the metal pieces and you're ready to hang it!