Daily Archives: May 9, 2012

Double-down DIY’s: Chandelier Explosion…and an Anthrofied Keyholder

So like many of you, I’ve been infected by Pinterest, and am like a rabid, wild animal hungry for more. Want. to. craft. all. the. time.  We recently purchased an IKEA swing for my daughter’s room, and the ropes that came with the wicker chair swing just stuck out like a sore thumb in her room.  I thought a little “Chandelier Explosion” would do nicely to cover up the unsightly black rope.  Something like this:


Pinterested DIY "Chandelier Explosion" via Sarahrhoads.com

I looked into buying some of those nifty tissue fans they used in the above example, and welp….I just didn’t want to fork over the cash to buy and ship ‘em.  So I decided to make my own fans out of paper instead. I did purchase mini tissue fans from Party City though.

My version of the Chandelier Explosion.

I used the Yarn Ball tutorial from here.  I got my craft on with my friend Dana to make the yarn balls. Have a plastic tarp handy…it’s messy stuff!

I fashioned a bunch of paper fans with 12 x 12 paper, made paper strip ball ornaments, wrapped yarn around whiffle balls I bought at the $1 store, and bought a few honeycomb tissue balls and mini tissue fans at Party City. Throw 'em all together and you have yourself a low budget "chandelier explosion".

I hung each ball/fan individually from the rope with fishing line instead of trying to connect them all first.  I could easily control the height of each item this way.  It’s a happy, colorful montage, this chandelier explosion, and my daughter totally loves it.  That’s all that really matters, right?

Another super simple DIY I did a while back but haven’t posted on is this easy Anthro key holder.  I bought the quirky owl and deer hooks with my birthday discount, way back in October.  I knew they’d never hit sale, so I was glad to get 15% off of them.  Next, I bought a naked oval wood plaque from Hobby Lobby on the cheap and spray painted it with Chalkboard paint.  Let dry, screw in Mr. Owl and Mr. Deer, attach a picture hanger on the back, and you’ve got yourself a unique little key holder.

DIY Anthro Key Holder

The bonus?  Since I used Chalkboard paint, I can write whatever I want on there and change it up again and again.

All those infected by Pinterest, what have you been a-makin’?  Any Anthrofied goodness you wish to share? I’m all ears.

xoxo MOlly



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