How to Make a Chandelier

Posted on March 07, 2011 by admin | 103 Comments

I've long since loved this West Elm capiz shell chandelier however, it was about $250 out of our price range. I was so excited last year when Brenna did a paper version chandelier tutorial on design sponge.

We started with this thrifted lamp shade. I had Chris add an extra row of wire.

Using Brenna's tutorial, we made + cut wax paper circles. Then Cami + I sewed them together on the machine.

Here is our before light. Oh mylanta, can I tell you how much I hate these lights? We took off the glass, obvi.

Then, Chris installed these hooks to the ceiling.

 He then hung the chandelier.

Here it is with the light on, wayyy better right?

And with the light off, so very pretty. Also, total cost of our chandelier, $9.

More Detailed Instructions

A video to show you  my sewing technique.

Follow up to this post here.


 

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Sandy
Sandy

April 17, 2014

Did you have any trouble with the waxed circle strands tangling when wind hits it? I ask because my daughter made something similar and it tangles up when the breeze hits it and is horrible to untangle. As far as color, just apply the children’s technique of adding crayon shavings between the was paper. Our mobile done that way looks fantastic.

sandy
sandy

August 27, 2013

hoffe ich darf hier auch mal was nettes kommentieren :) und wenn ich nicht zu frech bin, stelle ich mich auch mal kurz vor grins.
Bin die Anna, 29J und leider immernoch Single :( aber vielleicht ändert sich das ja bald, wenn du dich ganz schnell bei mir meldest. Suche einen netten Mann, mit dem ich durch dick und dünn gehen kann, aber solange ich ihn nicht gefunden habe, sage ich zu heißen Affären auch nicht nein grins.
Würde mich freuen, wenn du mir schreibst. Findest mein Profil auf Lustflirto . COM unter dem Nick Annaina…
Hoffe dann bis gleich.

Nico
Nico

December 16, 2013

This is such a great idea of how to make a chandelier. SUper creative

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Brady
Brady

May 09, 2013

Good morning! I used this post to attempt to make my own DIY capiz chandelier. Thanks for the great tutorial =) I linked to this post in mine so I wanted to give you a heads up!

Brady
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Susan
Susan

October 26, 2012

Jacquie, I’ve made a few of these chandeliers and I’ve gone through as many punches. I think that sometimes they are just not made well, I would maybe try taking it back, good luck!

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Hiren Modi
Hiren Modi

September 25, 2012

Hi Susan, How to make chandelier? It’s really big subject for Home Decorating guys. And, you have done it excellent. Today, I have published one blog post about large chandeliers and mini chandeliers on my home decor blog. Basically, I have listed top 11 sources of chandeliers which may help us to decor living room, bedroom and dining room with help of Chandeliers. I love your How to guide and listed your blog post on my recent blog post. http://www.vistastores.com/blog/large-and-mini-chandeliers-add-value-and-charm-to-home-decor I hope: you will like it, pin it and tweet it. :) BTW: Thanks for your awesome How to guide on chandeliers.

jacquie
jacquie

October 26, 2012

I had the same problem with the circle punches pooping out. I even used the exact one as in the picture. Not long after i started, it began to not cut the whole circle and eventually died before i was even half way done. suggestions anyone?

Susan
Susan

August 15, 2012

thanks for your input!

Jessica
Jessica

August 31, 2012

Hey where is the original link with detailed instructions? I’m about to attempt this project this weekend and I want to make sure I have all the details! Love this post,thanks so much!

-Jess

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Phaidra Ruck
Phaidra Ruck

August 15, 2012

I think the price of the circle cutter/puncher might be nice to include, not everyone has one around and they are surprisingly pricey. A $9 lamp here is closer to $25. I didn’t have a cutting mat either, but managed to use a flattened cheerios box for awhile. I went with a circle “cutter” (orange) as per Brenna’s advice and scrollling down the comments here. Big mistake. I would have much rather got the circle PUNCH as shown in this blog above (navy blue). The (orange) cutter needs to be twirled around twice to cut a perfect circle, though you can cut a multitude of sizes. VERY time consuming and not fun. Personally I felt like I was developing arthritis on my 4th wax sheet. I also tried to iron tissue in between wax for colour but it did not stick. I was hoping this would be a nice “quick” craft fix, but it is a much bigger project than it looks.

Stacy
Stacy

July 16, 2012

This is fabulous! I’ve been eyeing some capiz chandeliers and I think this is a perfect, budget-friendly version!

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Susan
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April 03, 2012

that would be amazing!

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Ashley
Ashley

July 05, 2012

I made 3 of these for a tent that we hosted my Mom’s 60th in. They came out SO great and saved us a ton of cash!! Thank so much for the help!

Mari
Mari

April 02, 2012

I made one of these myself and linked back to you from my blog, www.just-me-and-t.blogspot.com Such a pretty chandelier! I’m super impressed that you made yours so big now that I’ve made one of my own. Tons of work!

gomugirl
gomugirl

April 03, 2012

This would be awesome as a floor lamp with a repurposed square veggie cage.

SuzieAdina
SuzieAdina

February 14, 2012

I have always loved capiz chandeliers! Thank your for an inspiring tutorial! Am thinking of cutting out doily-lace patterns for the middle 3 layers & see if I could get a more fractured see-through effect. Perhaps even use aged wax paper for a hint of butter color….I won’t be getting any sleep will I? ;)

Alissa
Alissa

March 24, 2012

Video doesnt come up for your sewing tech. I dont really have experiance with sewing so I am curious how to go about it all!? I love love LOVE this idea!

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