Time for a DIY Glow up! Gather your glow sticks and get ready to add layers of light to your glow-in-the-dark party set up. Bring the brilliance with this tri-tiered DIY chandelier made from wire rings and glow sticks. With minimal supplies and a lot of glow sticks, you can turn off the lights while this chandelier will shine the way around your buffet! Hang alongside your neon-by-day table set up and when the lights go out, you can be sure the colors will stay lit.
Follow along with the simple steps below to see how it all comes together brilliantly. If you want to use fewer glow sticks, you could use smaller sized rings. Our largest ring was 14″.
Glow Stick Chandelier Supplies
- Glow Sticks 50 Pack & Glow Sticks 12 pack– this chandelier uses about 130 total
- Wire rings (find them in the floral wreath and leather working sections of the craft store)
- Wire (we used 20 gauge)
- Needle nose pliers and wire cutters
- Hot glue gun (not pictured)
STEP ONE: Decide how tall each tier will be according to the length of your glowsticks, and cut wire to that length plus about 2 ½”. Our tiers were 5” tall so we cut the wire to about 7 ½” long.
Start with at least eight pieces of wire. We ended up using eleven. The number required will depend on the diameter of your rings … the larger the rings, the more wire pieces you’ll need to stabilize the frame.
STEP TWO: Bend each wire end into a hook shape. Our hooks are about 1” in length.
Tip: MAKE SURE WIRE PIECES ARE ALL THE SAME LENGTH AFTER YOU’VE BENT THEM. Ensuring uniformity will help keep your tiers level.
STEP THREE: Insert the smallest ring into wire hooks and secure by wrapping the “tail” around the ring.
TIP: make sure to wrap only the 1” tail portion so that the distance between tiers will stay as uniform as possible.
STEP FOUR: Insert the medium ring into other ends of wire hooks and secure as described above. Add additional wire hooks if needed for firmer stability.
STEP FIVE: Repeat STEPS THREE & FOUR with the larger ring, attaching it to the medium ring Then add the monofilament to the frame for hanging.
TIP: run monofilament through “holes” in between the wrapped wire and ring to prevent it from sliding along the ring.
STEP SIX: Snip one side of the glow stick hanging loops. Press loop against ring at the snipped spot and hang glow stick from the ring.
TIP: start with the lower ring and work up … it’s much easier to see what you are doing.
Evenly disperse glow sticks around rings then use a dab of hot glue at each loop/ring touchpoint to temporarily secure while moving the chandelier into its party place.
STEP SEVEN: Before the party starts, gently remove three to four glow sticks at a time and break to activate. Re-hang sticks. A dab of hot glue will act as a “stopper” to prevent the glow stick from sliding around. Hang chandelier in place.
TIP: use the gentle tap of a hammer to activate the glow stick instead of breaking by hand.
Be sure to give yourself plenty of time to activate all the sticks. We used about 130 glow sticks on our chandelier and it took about 45 minutes to get it all lit up.