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.
Gotta try this!
Thanks for sharing!
PS: I have a similar West Elm chandelier and am now feeling less than. So, you know, thanks for that ;)
Also, not a fire hazard as she's using cfl light bulbs. if you'd want to be even more careful, splurge on some led bulbs.
we used about 1000 circles. i wanted it to be really full.
to sew i used the chain piece method, typically used by quilters.
here is an example.
i used a 3m circle cutter, but martha makes a great 1.5 inch hole punch.
we made the strands long enough to hand over the frame.
our circles are 1.5 inches in diameter.
my husband made the beds. i'll share how next week.
thank you so much.
i was so apprehensive at first, but my husband + i did multiple heat tests to make sure that the design was safe. it is.
we used high efficiency bulbs which don't get nearly as hot as regular bulbs.
what a fantastic job you have done with my tutorial! it is so smart to sew the wax paper circles together... and attached to a thrifted lampshade! it turned out so beautifully and i am so happy someone else had as much fun creating all of those circles as i did. thank you for the credit, your blog is an inspiration, filled with so many beautiful projects!
Thanks for the fab. tutorial.
I think I'm going to try parchment paper, especially since it comes in different colors....plan is white, grey and (very little) black! I will share once we do it.
What size of lamp shade did you use? Diameter of top & bottom?
Thanks for the great ideas!
joanns in the paper craft section, they are friskars.
Cheap Air Tickets
I think I might be making these circles forever. :)
Thanks for the inspiration!
I suspect that a three circle variation of this project would be spectacular — and maybe even help solve the problem of needing mondo-enormous numbers of strands to make it look right. (Or maybe it would add to the problem, since it would mean doing smaller discs, as well.)
It might have a better effect lit up, as well, because the profile of the strands wouldn't be so regular.
Unfortunately, I can't find out, because my current ceilings are so low that people would hit their heads on one of these. It's a pity, because my bedroom has one of those ugly, ugly square glass shades, too.
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