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Recycled Carton Chandelier

The Pacific Northwest has always been a very environmentally conscious region, and living in Portland has encouraged me to explore the crafting possibilities of using recycled materials to make upcycled treasures. You can even create stunning DIY home décor projects with some basic household items.


When I began making a handmade chandelier out of gable-top cartons, I never expected that the result would as beautiful as it was! I chose a metallic color scheme for a trendy coffee shop feel, but the best part of this project is that you can make it completely your own. Choose any color scheme or add any finishing touches to match your DIY chandelier to your specific décor!

Materials Used:

  • Gable-top cartons (with screw tops) of various sizes
  • Acrylic craft paint
  • Mod Podge glue
  • Metallic foil
  • X-acto knife or box cutter
  • T6.5 LED light bulbs
  • Light sockets
  • Cloth covered wire
  • A large piece of wood (for the foundation of the chandelier)
  • Step 1

    Clean out your cartons and apply 1-2 coats of acrylic craft paint to cover the texts and graphics. I used silver metallic paint on some cartons and white paint on others, but the color is up to you.

  • Step 2

    After the paint dries, apply foiling to the cartons using Mod Podge glue. Let the foil dry overnight and then brush away any excess foil.

  • Step 3

    Use an x-acto knife or box cutter to remove the bottom of the cartons. Feel free to adjust the heights of the cartons here too! After the bottom is removed, wipe out the inside of the carton with a paper towel to make sure there is no moisture.

  • Step 4

    Cut the plastic screw tops out of the cartons, using the x-acto knife. This will create the perfect opening for a T6.5 light bulb.

  • Step 5

    With the help of an electrician, attach cloth-covered wire to the light sockets. We chose copper light sockets to go with our metallic theme. Then, pick out a piece of wood to use as the base of the chandelier, and drill holes into the base to thread the wire through to adhere the lights. You can follow this video to help you through the process:

  • Step 6

    Once you have the wire and sockets hanging from your base, insert the LED light bulbs into the cartons and screw them into the sockets.

Add any finishing touches to personalize your handmade chandelier and then have your electrician hang it up.



Lia Griffith

Lia Griffith is a designer, maker and handcrafted lifestyle expert who began blogging to share her unique paper flower designs and diy projects. Lia inspires millions worldwide to reconnect with their creativity through daily DIY projects, tutorials and videos at

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