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Thursday, January 13, 2011

Yoplait Yogurt Faux Chandelier!


You're either going to love this or think I'm bonkers...I still haven't decide which one yet. I was nervous to show my husband, and surprisingly, his first response was, "why didn't you add lights?" Ha! So maybe I'll add some lights next time. :)

This all started when I saw is cute PB Kids Chandelier:

I had been browsing the internet for kids chandeliers for awhile and thought it might be fun to make a fake one with all the bling, so I started looking for jewels...turns out those big, fun, teardrop jewels can be quite pricey when you add lots of them. Even on Ebay! :( 

So when I saw the simple PB one, I knew it was the one I was going to model. Now time to deconstruct it and think of parts...

Mmmmmm... Yogurt...

Hey! These awesome little cups look a lot like upside down chandy shades!

 So step 1 is to collect 5 Yoplait yogurt cups, enjoy their deliciousness, and then stick them in the dishwasher.

Step 2 is to cut along the crease (right at the bend) all the way around the circle:

Even though it looks like the bottom is inset a bit, it pops right out when you cut along that crease. Perfect!

Now I had to find some "arms". Oh! And I have to add that I've been banned from craft stores by my husband until I utilize more of the entire roomful I already have. Hmmm...this could be tricky.

But hey! Look! There's this weird copper tubing stuff sticking out of my wall where I just ripped the refrigerator out a few weeks ago!  It was connected to the water line going to the fridge, and for some reason they had tons and tons of extra just wound up in my wall. Awesome!

I also found it at the HD for $5 for a 5' long, 1/4" wide piece. So add that to your expense list unless you've got random fridge issues as well. ;)  

TIP: They also have 1/2" wide, and if I wasn't on a craft supply ban, I would have purchased that instead. I like the beefy arms better than my skinny arms, but that's the story of my life. ;)

So use your giant wire cutter thingies (technical term...feel free to ask the sales associate for that and tell them Charlie sent  you. They'll know just what you're talking about.) he he

Step 3 is to cut 5 of them at 12" long each.

 Step 4: Bend them into arms. This part is tough. I drew a pattern and made one for the lampshade also, but unfortunately paper never seems to stick around my house, so I'm going to do my best to find it tomorrow! If it's not up in two days, EMAIL ME AND REMIND ME!

Step 5: Find a piece of cardboard and trace the TOP circle of the yogurt container (the one you eat out of). Do 5 of those and then cut them out just barely inside those lines (so they fit nice and snug in the cup). Push them up into each of your clean yogurt cups.

 Step 6: Spray paint yogurt cups and arms. (I did the cups as well because the fabric I used was slightly sheer, so the words showed through slightly. Paint covered it nicely.)

Step 7: Decide what length you want your chandy to hang, and cut a wooden dowel to the length. Mine was 30".

Step 8:  Use a HIGH HEAT hot glue gun to attach the arms to the wooden dowel. Remember that the long sides face OUT. They are what you will hang the lamp shades on. The shorter sides are what you'gluing to the wooden dowel.

Step 8: Choose your fabric and cut it out to fit around your shades (AGAIN...REMIND ME if I haven't posted the pattern in the next two days, and I'll just make a new one!)

Step 9: Attach fabric. I used a hot glue gun, but a spray adhesive would have been much easier (sadly this isn't in my craft supply, so it was axed for this project).

Step 10: This next part I didn't take pics of. :( Bad blogger. But I made a sleeve to cover the wooden dowel. I cut it 1.5" wide and 48" long, sewed it along the long side with right sides together then hooked a safety pin to the end and wormed it right-side-out and slipped it on and scrunched it up.

Step 11: Wrap a piece of fabric around the ugly section where the arms are glued.

 Step 12: More hot glue. This time on the long section of the arms, and then attach those shades.

And then because there wasn't enough hot glue on the proejct, I decided to add some more embellishments...

Beef up those shades with some tulle. Add a small flower or a jewel (definitely adding some bling to this later on).

I also added flowers around that ugly arm attached part. So here she is hanging out in our backyard, soaking up some sunshine (don't you love my lava rock wall?):

To attach it to the ceiling, I simply used a small ceiling hook, and then I tied a bow with wire trim very tightly around the top of the dowel and then around the hook. It's surprisingly sturdy! I might change it later, but I'm lovin' it for now.

I can see some fun variations coming from this one. Go for it! I'd love to see what you come up with.

Whaddya think? Am I nuts?

Oh, and I'm TOTALLY submitting this to Yoplait. Ha!!



p.s. We need to give it a better name. Yogalier?



  1. That is so cute! And very clever of you to use supplies you had.
    Thanks for linking up! :)

  2. Your faux chandelier is adorable and so creative! Your yogurt shades are beautiful with the sheer fabric and the little flower detail. Love it!

  3. Oh wow! So creative! I think it turned out cute!

    Thanks for linking up!


  4. Wow, yogurt containers? How clever. It turned out super cute!

  5. Girl, that is just dynamite! Hmmmmmmm, I have plumbing supplies and yogurt...

  6. No way! This is awesome! and I can honestly say I NEVER would have thought of that... ;)

  7. Talk about thinking outside the box! You did a great job creating this chandelier...who knew?

  8. How creative...Would love for you to add this to my link party: Just click on Thursday Treasures link at top of page.

  9. oh my gosh, I was shocked when I saw this was a faux piece!
    heheh you did a great job, being very creative.
    thanks for linking up,

  10. So great!! I want one to my girls bedrrom!!!

    Thanks for sharing.


  11. this is so freaking creative.
    like seriously.
    how do you think of this stuff!?

  12. Yogurt containers? Seriously? You are amazing! This is a project after my own heart. Gold star for you!

  13. Adorable...what a great way to recycle items! Thanks for the tute!

  14. Awesome. Thank you so much for posting such a detailed tutorial!!

    Any idea what that copper tubing is called or if there's anything cheaper at HD or wherever that would work as well?

    mrs_apple_juice (at) hotmail (dot) com

  15. too too too cute! i absolutely do not want to pay money for tiny lampshades, so thanks for the tip to make them!

  16. That is so cute! I think I am going to make some to hang from the tree in the back yard for my daughter's birthday next month! Of course, it is still only 40's here in IL (what a miserable spring!), so maybe I will just have to make some to hang inside! ;)

  17. Wow...very impressive and SO cute:) I love this!


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