“Our job is too difficult and too beautiful to do alone.” -Amelia Gambetti, Reggio Emilia


Family Chandeliers are one of my favorite connections to do with families at the beginning of the year. Today, I want to give you a step by step guide on how to make a family chandelier in your own classroom and release your creativity to make it your own!

NOTE: While beads and wire are always a beautiful and highly sought after items for chandeliers, they also can add up to be quite expensive. We will showcase some fabulous alternatives that may trigger your creativity and even encourage your families to add to that!


What you need:

  • Loose Parts or beads of any kind
    (Examples below)
  • Wire that you will cut about 2 ft. long
  • A Chandelier base

(Anything you can hang wire from)

  • Small printed family pictures

Examples of Loose Parts for Chandeliers!


Washers, Buttons, Macaroni Noodles, Caps drilled with a hole can be great alternative to beads


Wood Cookies drilled with hole (Cut from branch – FREE)


Pinecones found outside (FREE) for wrapping wire around


Tile Samples (FREE from flooring store)

Other Cheap and Economic Alternatives to Beads for Chandelier
Remember to drill a hole in any loose part if not already there or teach children to wrap object

  • Corks
  • Puzzle Pieces
  • Rings
  • Sticks
  • Shells
  • Reels
  • Straws
  • Buttons
  • Tin Foil
  • CD’s
  • Lids
  • Bottle Tabs
  • Bangles
  • Ribbon
  • Chiffon pieces


Notice this teacher used a branch she found outside

What to do:

  • Let your children pick beads or other loose parts and put in ziplock bag with a piece of wire
  • Place family picture inside the bag
  • Send bag home with note for families to work on

        (Download Family Chandelier Note)

  • Hand completed wire from chandelier base


  • Organize a parent night to complete activity in your class. Parents bring their supplies to school.
  •  Allow child to share their special wire piece in front of class and hang afterwards


Love the unique items that showcase the  classroom family


Wooden Letters on end for the first name


A child’s favorite car strung with his family on the wire will be a memory he will cherish

There are many ways to create a positive family community within your classroom. What are your favorite ways? Make sure to download the family chandelier parent letter!