Plastic Stemware Chandelier – {Mrs. Greene}

Hello again, CSIers! I’m Rhonda, aka Mrs. Greene, a crazy, cat-loving, outdoorsy, 30-something gal from Michigan who also happens to be hopelessly addicted to crafts, which I share at my blog, Mrs. Greene.

I was so, so very excited to see that this week’s theme is outdoor spaces because it gave me a chance to finish a project that’s been floating around in my head for a while now: an outdoor chandelier made out of plastic stemware, inspired by a wine glass chandy from Napa Style that I love everything about except the $400 price tag. (And the wine glasses aren’t even included!) When I came across some brightly-colored plastic stemware in the luau section at Dollar Tree, I knew they would be perfect for making a patio-friendly version!

To make one, you will need:

  • Plastic stemware
  • Embroidery hoops
  • Plastic rope
  • Mardi gras beads
  • Rhinestones
  • Bungee cords
  • Glue

First, let’s talk materials. The number of glasses you will need depends on the size of the glasses and how big you want the chandelier to be. (The people at Dollar Tree looked at me like I was crazy because I was arranging all of the glasses in circles on the floor!) I ended up with 6 hurricane glasses and 9 wine glasses (eight for the top tier and one that peeks out the bottom).

The size of embroidery hoops you’ll need will also depend on your glass selection. I used a 12 inch hoop and a 9 inch hoop.

First, take apart the embroidery hoops and set aside the outside portion; for this project, you’ll only need the centers. Wrap the circles with plastic rope and glue the ends down to secure them.

Arrange a set of glasses upside-down in a circle and set the rope-wrapped ring on them so that it touches all of the glasses. Glue the ring to the glasses at each point where they meet. (For extra stability, you can also flip the assembly over and add a dab of glue to each point where the rims of the glasses touch.) Make sure you use a really strong, weatherproof glue. I used Amazing Goop because it bonds quickly and sticks to just about everything.

Drape the glasses and embroidery hoop with mardi gras beads. Lots and lots of mardi gras beads! This is definitely a more-is-more scenario!

Now, call me old-fashioned, but it’s not a proper chandelier to me without some sparkle. With another round of more-is-more enthusiasm, glue a whole bunch of rhinestones to it as well. Repeat with the second set of glasses to make two tiers.

Stack the two tiers on top of one another and secure them together with glue. I also added my last wine glass tucked inside the bottom ring.

To hang the chandelier, I hooked four bungee cords around the embroidery hoop on the top tier.

If you want to make this functional as a light as well, you should be able to mount several solar path lights inside of it. I actually bought four lights to put in mine, but due to a crafting injury (an epic blister on the tip of my left index finger!) I’ve left figuring that our for another day.

Even without the lights, it looks amazing hanging in my back yard!

14 Comments
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    Dana July 6, 2011 at 10:01 am

    This is SO cool! Great work!

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    Paula @ JC's Loft July 6, 2011 at 1:32 pm

    SHUT YOUR MOUTH that is one of the coolest projects I have seen in a while! WOW I’m super impressed!! Awesome job!!!! Totally finding a reason to make one of these!

  3. […] I have to admit, I am totally ecstatic about how this project turned out!  you might even say I'm downright giddy.  I'm also super excited that I got the chance to share a tutorial for it at The CSI Project today under the theme of outdoor spaces!  I've been gathering the parts for this project since spring, from the first moment I saw the blue plastic stemware on the shelves at Dollar Tree.  I'm also working on how to mount solar lights inside of it so that it actually functions as a light.  Thanks  to the CSI gals for having me again!  [how to make a plastic stemware outdoor chandelier] […]

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    Vivienne @ The V Spot July 6, 2011 at 7:27 pm

    OMGosh! Amazing! I love it!

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    Jen July 6, 2011 at 7:27 pm

    Wow – that is just amazing Rhonda!! Very nice job!

    xoxo
    Jen

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    Becky @ Raw Potatoes July 6, 2011 at 7:32 pm

    GENIUS! This is AWESOME!! I see one of these in my future… + spray paint… Ooo Yeaaa!!

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    Alice July 6, 2011 at 8:08 pm

    Sheer genious! This is stunning and will be going into my project to do file. Thanks for sharing.

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    Memories by Christine July 6, 2011 at 10:31 pm

    Holy smokes, this is awesome!!! Beautiful choice on the color as well:)
    C:)

  9. […] I've to admit, I am totally ecstatic about how this endeavor turned out!  You might even say I’m downright giddy.  I’m also super excited that I got the chance to share a tutorial for it at The CSI endeavor today under the theme of outdoor spaces!  I’ve been gathering the parts for this endeavor since spring, from the first moment I saw the blue plastic stemware on the shelves at Dollar Tree.  I’m also working on how to mount solar lights inside of it so that it actually functions as a light.  Thanks  to the CSI gals for having me again!  [how to create a plastic stemware outdoor chandelier] […]

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    Marcia Clark July 7, 2011 at 11:38 pm

    Hi Rhonda!
    Wonderful idea and I am going to start to collect the chandelier ingredients! Thankyou so much for showing and taking your time to tell us how to do this!

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    Link up Your Outdoor Spaces! July 9, 2011 at 12:24 am

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    Peggy July 14, 2012 at 9:29 am

    OMG!! I love this so much. Just pinned it.

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    Tonya Carroll April 14, 2013 at 11:15 pm

    Have a go and then let me know

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