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DIY Christmas Card Chandelier

diy photo chandelier

The other day I was browsing through a stack of magazines, and one particular product caught my eye. It was a photo “chandelier” from Crate and Barrel, with wires and clips dangling down from a frame in varying lengths to imitate a chandelier formation. I’ve posted on the blog before about various ways to display your Christmas cards, like this DIY Christmas Card Star, but I’d never seen anything like this before!

diy photo chandelier

I knew I wanted one for myself. But after seeing the price tag, I was motivated to find a way to make something similar for less. Luckily, I already had most of the supplies I would need on hand!

diy photo chandelier


The first step in making your card chandelier is building the framework using the wire hangers. Start by using your pliers to “unravel” 3 of the hangers where they twist around near the hook. (You’ll use the intact 4th hanger as a wrapping point for the other hangers.) Use your wire cutters to snip off the hooks of all 4 hangers.

diy photo chandelier

To build your framework, you want to create a tic-tac-toe board with the bottoms of the hangers – two parallel lines that are vertical, and two parallel lines that are horizontal. But instead of each hanger standing straight up and down, you’ll lean the tops of the hangers over slightly so that they all meet in the center.

DIY Card and Photo Chandelier

It helps to have the tic-tac-toe formation laid out and wired together before dealing with the tops of the hangers. Just use 6″ or so of wire to wrap around the hangers where they cross. Make sure to wrap in both directions around the intersection so that the hangers don’t slip.

diy photo chandelier

Once you get to that point, you can move on to the tops of the hangers. This part is a bit tricky, but it doesn’t have to be perfect! Use your pliers to wrap the top ends of each hanger over the top section of the one intact hanger. Just fold the tops back toward the hanger, and wrap them around themselves as best you can. Repeat this step until all of the hanger tops are wrapped securely around themselves.

diy photo chandelier

Then I used my pliers to bend the entwined section of the one intact hanger into a hook shape, so I could place it on a hook once I was done. I also used several lengths of wire to wrap around the top ends of each hanger, for added strength (and to hide the places where I couldn’t quite get the hangers to wrap around right!). This step is optional, but I think it adds a certain rustic charm! :-)

diy photo chandelier

So now that you have your structure finished, you can make it extra chic by giving it a coat of a metallic spray paint. I happened to have some metallic spray paint in “Antique Brass” on hand, so I used that. I love how it brings the different kinds of wires into a unified whole.

diy photo chandelier

Once your wire frame is done drying, all that’s left to do is add the dangling photo clips! I used three different lengths of twine to create a chandelier effect: about 5″, 8″, and 12″.

4 pieces of 12″ twine
4 pieces of 8″ twine
8 pieces of 5″ twine

Tie a clip onto one end of each piece of twine. It is hard to describe the pattern I used to get the chandelier effect, so here’s a quick diagram I drew up:

DIY Photo Chandelier

All that’s left to do is put it on a hook, hand it up, and load it up with photos, Christmas cards, ornaments, or whatever else your heart desires! :-)

diy photo chandelier

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  • I totally agree that the tacky comments are out of place. Not everyone can afford to go to chi chi websites to buy things or to buy expensive parts to make their own. Particularly at this time of the year, can’t we show some charity and love toward others? I hope that y’all don’t have to look back at some point in the future and remember your behavior with anguish.

  • To those of you who comment about this being tacky… some of us can’t afford to buy a pricy things brand new in the store and appreciate the fact that Jillee offers a homemade option that we can make and display the loving cards people have taken the time to send us. It is tacky to come onto someones page and make a comment like that after all the work they share with you everyday for free. SMH

  • Whoa…..with all due respect, this is one of the cheesiest ideas I’ve ever seen, suprisingly so for this site! As a kiddie project, maybe, but otherwise – no.

  • What a great idea! We used to have a mantle around the fireplace when I was a kid and we put our Christmas cards up there. I don’t have a mantle now so this would be a wonderful way to display our Christmas cards!

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