To promote the value of turning garbage into something valuable, artist and designer Francis Sollano transformed discarded nursing uniforms into a spectacular chandelier he’s called ‘Farfalla’ (aka “bow-tie pasta”). The DIY project can be applied to any fabric, varying on the patterns and colors depending on the look one aims to achieve. Want to learn how to make your own? Follow the instructions after the jump!

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+ Recycled fabric of any pattern
+ A pair of scissors
+ Wood glue
+ Super glue
+ One pack of floral wire
+ Wire base


1. For Farfalla, three standard butterfly patterns were drawn to the fabric. The drawn patterns were then cut into shapes until 45 cuts were made.

2. Each cut was brushed with wood glue and were left to dry for 2 hours. After this process, the butterfly cuts should have stiffened.

3. The cut outs were then folded vertically where the two wings meet. The folded cut outs were then inserted between the pages of an old book for half a day. During the process, a main base for the chandelier was prepared with the floral wires.

4. Once all cut-outs remained folded, they were taken and glued to the desired areas of the metal base and floral wires. The wires were bent in order to clip the folded butterfly cuts.