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July Fourth Ribbon Chandelier

Channel fireworks by floating a "chandelier" at your party. Two metal wreath forms (one big, one small) and wire make a simple frame for two layers of ribbons trimmed to different lengths.

paper chandelier

Photography: The Morrisons

Source: Martha Stewart Living, July/August 2019

Introduction

Channel fireworks by floating a ribbon chandelier at your party for the Fourth of July, summer baby showers, or any patriotic celebration. This one is made by using two metal wreath forms (one big, one small) and wire, as well as two layers of ribbons trimmed to different lengths. For more ideas, scroll through our entire collection of Fourth of July crafts and decorations, and Fourth of July crafts for kids.

materials

  • Ribbon (Pictured: Ribbon Factory solid grosgrain ribbon, 5/8", in Baby Blue Solid and Red Solid, $16 for 100 yd., ribbonfactory.com.)

  • 10-inch metal wreath form

  • 18-inch metal wreath form

  • Scissors

  • Hot glue gun and sticks

steps

  1. Center a 10-inch metal wreath form inside an 18-inch metal wreath form on a flat surface.

  2. Cut two lengths of wire, each at least 20 inches long. Lay them on top of both forms in an X shape (as shown). Wrap end of one wire around 18-inch form to attach it, then loop it around one side of the 10-inch form, the opposite side of the 10-inch form, and the opposite side of the 18-inch form. Repeat with other length of wire, looping it around first wire at center.

    illustration for making a ribbon chandelier
  3. Double strips of grosgrain ribbon (ours are about 48 inches long; you'll need about 275 yards total) over each wreath form, and secure by pinching each together with a dot of hot glue. Let dry, then trim ribbon on 18-inch form so it's about 10 inches shorter than ribbon on 10-inch form, creating a tiered effect. To hang, add a loop of ribbon at center of wires.

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