Happy Friday! Thought I’d share a little project I did back when I was pregnant with #2. I was surfing around pinterest one day for DIY chandeliers. (I’ve recently come to realize that I have a chandelier fetish…Some girls have shoes, bags or clothing fetishes…nope, not me. I love chandeliers…can’t get enough of them. I think I’d have one in every room of my house if I could…actually – we practically do come to think of it.) I was looking for something to replace the lighting in my downstairs bath...
...and came across a great tutorial for a DIY capiz shell chandelier. Guess what it’s made of? WAX PAPER! Yep, I almost fell out of my chair when I saw it. Best part of this one too, no rewiring required. (Say that 5 times fast) This is a great one to do when your prego…requires a lot of sitting, cutting, sewing and patience. The first time I tried it I cut each individual circle out by hand. It was a lot faster/easier with a circle cutter…probably cut the time in half actually. But, it is not necessary to complete this project.
1. 2 Boxes Wax Paper
3. Sewing Machine
5. Old Lamp Shade
6. Cup Hooks
7. Muffin Tin
2. Take your wax paper, pull off 3 large pieces and iron together. Set aside; pull off 3 more, iron. Repeat until you have used all of the wax paper.
3. Find a circular object (I used a candle votive) and start tracing. Trace, trace trace trace. (Here is where a circle cutter comes in handy – you can get them at JoAnn Fabrics for around $20 and you can skip this step.
4. Start cutting…and cutting, and cutting
5. Place circles in muffin tin.
6. Sew circles together. I sewed one long strand, and gave myself a few extra stitches every 18th circle…so I could cut them apart.
7. Cut strands of 18 (or whatever length you desire).
8. Hang strands over the edges of your skeleton lamp shade.
9. Screw 3 or 4 cup hooks around your light source.
10. Hang chandelier
Here's the lampshade I started with:
And this is a shot of one of the smaller strands...(thank you Vanna!)
And here's the end product....next to the old light fixture for full effect.
And here's a shot of it with the light on:
Much better right? Not bad I guess for about $9....I liked it enough to make 2...