August 30, 2012

Capiz shell chandeliers are so gorgeous and glam, it’s no wonder they go for such high prices. Even this tiny pendant from west elm will still run you $300.

Get ready for this; we re-created the same look for $2! The secret weapon? Wax paper.

Capiz Shell Chandelier by Rachel Schultz

With one roll of wax paper, we made the whole thing! We started by ripping off a sheet about 2-3 feet long and folding it up accordion style.

Using a 1-2″ hole punch, we cut out circles.

Lots and lots of circles. Until the whole roll was gone.

It wasn’t at all as grueling as I expected. With Dave and I working on it together, it only took about an hour.

This next step was a little more labor-intensive; we sewed all the circles together. This took a while, but it was pretty mindless and easy to do while watching Sleepless in Seattle. It also helped that Dave’s mom took shifts with me.

Using an old lampshade, we stripped the fabric off and used the metal as the frame of the chandelier.

We cut the circle strands into our desired lengths (14 for the top tier and 12 for the bottom two tiers, if you’re curious) and draped them over the lamp shade. I love it! And it’s one of the cheapest DIY’s I’ve ever done.

And the glowing light is super pretty when illuminated.

Capiz Shell Chandelier

This is in fierce competition with our rustic coffee table DIY for my favorite project of the summer.

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  • Jessica

    It looks great! I’m confused about the “draping” part, though… can you explin that a little more? It looks like there are multiple levels- was there more than one lamp ring?

    • Rachel Schultz

      Yes, I used three. To drape, I just folded it in half over the bar.

  • How did you sew it together??

    • Rachel Schultz

      Just with a standard sewing machine!

  • You are one clever lady!

  • Anonymous

    Is it fire proof? I would be a little nervous of the wax melting or catching on fire. Beautiful though.

  • WOW!!! that’s all i can say! it’s amazing, well done!!

    jan @ door251

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