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DIY Halloween Chandelier

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Learn how to make a spooky Halloween Chandelier from Dollar Tree materials that will impress everyone on your street this year!

Our brick front entry has two grand stone columns, a stone arch, a beautiful blue front door and white plastic ceiling from which protrudes a sickly wimp of a light. The weak and wheezing thing only manages to throw out a few lumens of jaundiced yellow light – hardly enough to penetrate more than a few feet in these dark Northwest Florida nights.

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I suppose the upside is that the pale anemic light is too dim even to attract bugs. Why would they bother with such a pathetic thing when the stars above offer so much more illumination?

Recently, the light bulb inside burned out. Burned out, because of course such an underwhelming fixture was powering a yellow incandescent bulb from last century.

When the frail and elderly bulb finally threw out its last photon, no one was there to see it. The world turned for an untold number of days and nights until one bedtime I noticed that the front entryway was ever-so-slightly darker than usual.

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Instead of wasting calories to climb a ladder and feed the whimpering thing another bulb, we decided to upgrade it with an outdoor pendant light from Amazon.

But just as your ladder-climbing, bulb-slinging author was about to mount the first step, a call rang out from inside the house.

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“Hey Babes!” I froze, foot poised above the first step of the ladder. Then, footsteps in the distance.

“Hey Babes!” Closer now. More footsteps.

Just then, the door flew open. My wife stood framed in the doorway.

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“Stop!” she bellowed, though I stood mere feet from her mouth. “Don’t hang that yet!”

“My eyebrows aren’t going to raise themselves any further, woman! What is it you want?”

“I want you to make me a Halloween chandelier,” she said and then she smiled.

I placed the pendant back in its box to await November.

“Let’s do it,” I said, and we lit out for Dollar Tree to gather our supplies.

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DIY Halloween Chandelier VIDEO Tutorial

Watch our 2-part short and fun videos below for an overview of our DIY Halloween chandelier before you read the detailed step-by-step tutorial.

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How to Make a Halloween Chandelier

Step 1 – Remove the hula hoop wrapper

The hula hoop comes wrapped in a psychedelic holographic covering. Fortunately, it’s easy to peel off!

man holding a hula hoop

And there’s a beautiful black hula hoop underneath. Just think of all the goth and emo kids that never got to enjoy hula hooping because the hula hoop industry never cared enough for them to make a simple black version! They’re so misunderstood.

man holding a hula hoop

Step 2 – Cut the fence ground stakes

man holding a dollar tree garden fence

I used snips to cut the three ground stakes from three Dollar Tree garden fence sections.

man cutting a garden fence

Step 3 – Wrap and tie the fence

Starting at the connector joint on the hula hoop, I wrapped the fence around it and secured it at intervals with black zip ties.

man making a halloween chandelier

Notice the connector joint below. This is where you want to start zip tying the fence.

man making a halloween chandelier

The hula hoop is larger than three fence sections, so I had to cut it down to size.

man making a halloween chandelier

I marked past the connector joint how much extra hoop there was.

man making a halloween chandelier

Then I pulled apart the hula hoop, cut off the extra with snips and reconnected it.

man making a halloween chandelier

After zip tying the fence all around, I trimmed the excess from the zip ties.

man making a halloween chandelier

Here is the finished frame – so many ways to take it from here!

man making a halloween chandelier

Step 4 – Cut the skulls

I placed a skull up against the chandelier in the orientation I wanted, then I placed an LED taper candle on the uppermost part of the skull and traced around it with a pencil.

man marking a skull with pencil

Then I cut an X in the circle.

man cutting a plastic skull with knife

Here, I’m testing to see how the candle fits. With this method, you won’t need anything else to secure the candle in the skull – it’s a snug fit, and the candle won’t move.

Now, you could leave the skulls and candles as they are in the picture below. Briefly, we considered doing this, and I even glued the skulls to the chandelier at this point. But I wanted to up the creep factor, so I pried all the skulls off and made them and the candles look much better!

man making a halloween chandelier

Step 5 – Stain the candles and skulls

I used gel stain to darken the candles and skulls. Okay, to be more precise, I used Kona colored regular stain that was so old (it has moved from CT to GA to Jacksonville, FL to Freeport, FL) that it had coagulated to a thick pudding consistency. I imagine plain old-fashioned gel stain would work just the same.

My technique for the candles was to slather it on with nitrile gloves and leave it at that. I didn’t bother trying for a consistent color or coverage. This is a Halloween chandelier – it needs to be off-balance and creepy!

man staining plastic candles
man staining plastic candles

My “gel stain.”

gel stain

Perfection! And just wait until you see how the light shines through the stain!

man holding stained plastic candle

I tried a few methods for the skulls, and the one that worked best for me was to completely cover the skull in stain using my gloved hands and then using baby wipes to subtract stain until I reached my Handan’s desired level of grave dirt.

man staining plastic skulls for halloween chandelier
man staining plastic skulls for halloween chandelier

I started rubbing off the stain with a shop towel until my babes suggest I use baby wipes. It shouldn’t surprise you to learn that her method was much easier than mine.

Baby wipes are a handy thing to keep in a craft room. We started keeping them on hand back in Jacksonville, and we use them constantly.

man staining plastic skulls for halloween chandelier

A side-by-side comparison.

man staining plastic skulls for halloween chandelier

You can go as dark or as light as you want with the skulls. If it were up to me, they’d be much darker. But my babes gets what my babes wants!

man staining plastic skulls for halloween chandelier

Much better than the Dollar Tree original!

man staining plastic skulls for halloween chandelier

Step 6 – Prepare the inner chandelier (optional)

If you want to save a little time and money, you can skip this step and head right to step 7. But we wanted a chandelier with sparkly dangly bits – after all, isn’t that what chandeliers are all about?

To hang our dangly bits, we used 2 Dollar Tree tinsel spider webs. I removed the spider from one and glued them together. We used two glued together simply for strength, as one is pretty flimsy.

man making diy dollar tree halloween chandelier
man making diy dollar tree halloween chandelier

We kept the pink spider because we thought he looked good, but after a week outside, he fell off. So if you’d like to keep him, you’ll need to reinforce the dinky amount of glue he was attached with back in China with some of your own higher-quality hot glue.

man making diy dollar tree halloween chandelier

I attached the web to the chandelier with this small chain we got from another DT Halloween prop.

man making diy dollar tree halloween chandelier

This spider thing donated its chain.

man making diy dollar tree halloween chandelier

I wrangled and wrestled with the small chain trying to attach it to the much larger chandelier. It would be much smarter and easier to put a zip tie around the chandelier and connect the small chain to the zip tie. Or you could skip the small chain altogether and simply zip tie the spider web to the chandelier. Remember, this is only a Halloween prop – there are many right ways and very few wrong ways to do it!

man making diy dollar tree halloween chandelier
man making halloween prop

Step 7 – Attach the hanging chains

Don’t worry about the attached skulls in the picture below. As I mentioned, I did it one way, dismantled it and then re-built it. So I originally attached the hanging chains after gluing on the skulls, but it can be done before or after, so here ya go! From 3 points along the chandelier, I attached 3 lengths of 9-link chain.

man holding plastic chains
man making diy dollar tree halloween chandelier

Then I made zip tie loops at the ends of each of the 3 chains.

man making diy dollar tree halloween chandelier

And then I slipped those 3 zip tie loops onto another longer length of chain. This longer length is the one from which the Halloween chandelier will hang.

man making diy dollar tree halloween chandelier
man holding chandelier halloween prop

Step 8 – Attach the skulls

Using a lot of hot glue (make sure you have high temp sticks and the glue gun set to high), attach the skulls to the chandelier.

man making diy dollar tree halloween chandelier
man making diy dollar tree halloween chandelier

The kind of glue you use matters here, especially if you live in a very hot or very cold climate. We’ve made a lot of Halloween props already this year with hot glue and everyone and their kindly grandmothers told us the hot glue would melt in hot weather. This may be the case for the crap they use when making stuff in China or with low-temp and/or low-quality glue sticks, but if you buy high-temp glue sticks and use enough glue, you won’t have a problem. Ours has been hanging almost two weeks in Florida with temps near 100 every day, and the only part to fail was the spider glued on in China.

But just to be on the safe side with our skulls, After the initial glue had set, I also glopped more hot glue from the inside of the chandelier, essentially locking the skull from both sides.

Step 9 – Hang the dangly bits (optional)

I used Dollar Tree Halloween necklaces and fairy lights for our dangly bits.

man holding halloween necklaces

I draped purple and black necklaces from the spider web in random places and curled and dangled battery-operated remote-controlled fairy lights as well.

halloween prop

The fairy light strands we bought were long enough to allow us to run some of the lights along the top of the web for even more light.

halloween prop

A happy guy holding his nearly-completed Halloween chandelier!

smiling man holding halloween chandelier prop

Step 10 – Hang the Halloween chandelier and add creepy cloth

I hung our chandelier from the frame of the old light fixture. To be on the safe side, I reinforced the chain links with zip ties, just in case a wind whips up and puts more stress on the chain than it can handle.

As a final step, I draped creepy cloth over the chandelier. Creepy cloth makes everything better!

man putting creepy cloth on chandelier prop

Let’s see how it looks at night!

DIY Halloween Chandelier - TheNavagePatch.com
DIY Halloween Chandelier - TheNavagePatch.com

DIY Halloween Chandelier - TheNavagePatch.com
DIY Halloween Chandelier - TheNavagePatch.com
DIY Halloween Chandelier - TheNavagePatch.com
DIY Halloween Chandelier - TheNavagePatch.com
DIY Halloween Chandelier - TheNavagePatch.com
DIY Halloween Chandelier - TheNavagePatch.com
DIY Halloween Chandelier - TheNavagePatch.com
DIY Halloween Chandelier - TheNavagePatch.com
DIY Halloween Chandelier - TheNavagePatch.com
DIY Halloween Chandelier - TheNavagePatch.com




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37 Comments

  1. Oh that’s just too spooky cute! Our outside light also went the way of the Dodo. The problem is the dang light is located 15 feet up.🤪

  2. I LOVE this project! I can’t wait to give this a try – I love Halloween and this is a perfect DIY since hubby hates Halloween – this way I can say I made it for about $10! Take that Halloween hater! LOL Thanks for the step by step, too – it’s awesome!

  3. I’ve made a few of these for myself and the kids homes. Did it from yucky light fixtures from Habitat. Added the skulls and candles and voila’! (found skulls at Big Lots that are motion activated, someone walks up and they start howling. LOL!

  4. Ahhhhmmmmazing!!!! Will stock up on everything because if I don’t have time to make the chandelier this year, can make it next year. Thanks to y’all for the brilliant ideas!!!!

    Just made 2 caged skeletons for my daughter’s house. She, her wife, and children LOVE them!!!

  5. Yeeees, yes! This is good stuff. The close-up pic of the skull reminds me of “The Goonies”, so bonus points for a visual pop culture reference. Question– I wondered if you ever get randomly inspired to redo an older project into something new, or go through old decorations and dismantle parts to incorporate into new projects? I always have leftover pieces from project that get thrown in a box and eventually used for something, so I wondered if you did, too.

    1. We do, Deb, though it depends on what the older project is made of! We even recycle certain Dollar Tree crafts if the materials are still good. 🙂

  6. Love, love, love this! Something that I will definitely try! Hey, can’t help but notice the awesome prop beside the front door! Will you be treating us with a DIY for that one?

  7. Oh this is so magnifico!! Two of my skeletons (Frank and Francesca) are getting married this year.😁This would be great above their heads for a bit more extra of the creepiness factor!! One question, besides the zip ties, how did you attach the chains at the top, to your porch light?

    1. Thanks, Cindy Lee! I attached the chain/zip tie to the metal from of the existing light – I just pushed the glass out of the way to exposed it.

  8. I say this with love. You two are “weirdos”. Great job on the chandelier! I can’t make out what that long board propped up in the corner but I bet its something good!

  9. Well…while it is downright awesome, for the approximate $75 you spent on supplies, not to mention time, you could have purchased a creepy pendant light online.

    1. Hi Diana, it’s good to see you again. While I get where you’re going with your comment, we didn’t spend anywhere near $75 even with the upgraded candles, and if you use Dollar Tree emergency candles, it’s only $25. And yes, we could have bought one in Spirit Halloween or somewhere else, but that wouldn’t have gained us 100,000 followers and 5 million views on TikTok, so I’m thinking it was time well spent. 🙂

  10. OMG, just when I thought your earlier Dollar Tree light were the best Halloween light idea ever, you come up with this. Wickedly awesome. I too am more than intrigued by the prop beside the door. You make it hard for us mere mortals. So many great ideas to chose from to add to our Halloween decor.

  11. I know this won’t be a popular comment but I HATE Halloween. BUT with that said I got to tell you your ideas are amazing. It intrigues me what you come up with, with Dollar Tree items! What imaginations you and Handan have. I have a friend who lives for Halloween and she will loves these but for now I will just skim past the pictures and wait for some Christmas projects 🙂

  12. I always look forward to your posts and DIY projects, but this one is truly a standout! Wow, the creativity you guys have is amazing. Thanks for the inspiration:)

  13. I’m not a big fan of Halloween decorations but your creativity is beyond amazing! This is really cool!
    And I never know when your impressive creativity might spark some tiny flickering flame of creativity in my brain… right now, I’m thinking of a white chandelier with wisteria trailing off amidst fairy lights… 😉

  14. Love, Love Love this! Can’t wait to try it (although I’m quite sure my DT will be out of stock on almost everything…LOL).
    I just wanted to mention that you shouldn’t ever again wear peach-ish/pink-ish shorts in your pictures…I realize that my mind is perpetually in the gutter, and I realize that you would NEVER!, but (especially in the first photo) it looks like you’re not wearing pants and then, when I got to the section where it said “Hang dangly bits” I about fell out of my chair in a fit of laughter…you can remove this post if you’d like…but just know you gave me a great laugh today…and I needed it!

  15. Creepy cool! Those plastic garden edges have inspired more craft projects than I’m sure the creators ever thought they would! Perfect goth/Victorian/classic piece for so many things.