Introduction: DIY Faux Shell Chandelier - Made With Paper
It's amazing how a light fixture can really add character too a room. I've always been a fan of capiz shell chandeliers but unfortunately they are very expensive. With the help of pinterest and google I compiled some ideas and put together this modern and yet cheap chandelier. Looking at it you would never know that it cost only 10-15$.
Step 1: Materials
Initially when I began this project I planned on using wax paper because that's what I had seen on Pinterest. That ended up being a total fail. I don't know what those chicks are using by apparently my off brand wax paper is subpar. The hole punch demolished the wax paper and left me with a crumpled blob.
That led me to the craft store where I found the perfect material. Vellum paper. It is translucent and durable which is exactly what I needed for this project.
Here's a list of materials-
1.5" circle hole punch
1/16" diy hole punch
Vellum paper (10-15)
Jump rings (300ish)
Wire wreath base (I painted mine gold)
Step 2: Making Circles
The first thing you do is cut your vellum in 1.75" strips. This makes it very easy to use the hole punch.
Now carefully line up the strips and cut the 1.5" circles out. Make sure to utilize every bit of it.
After that you will use your 1/16th" hole punch to make a two holes in 90% of the circles and one hole in the rest. The one hole circles will be the bottoms of each row.
Step 3: Linking Circles
After your paper circles are prepped you are ready to link them together with the jump rings. Open the jump rings and make links in your desired lengths.
I made 12 columns of 4 links for each side and 7 columns of 8 links for the inner square.
What makes this so fun is that you can design it however you like. 3 tiers, cascading levels, colors, ombré, etc. I had only so much paper so I was forced to keep it simple.
Step 4: Putting It Together
Attach each column to the wire wreath base. Tighten the jump ring so they stay in place.
Once you have attached them all you are ready to mount it to the ceiling around your existing light.
I used 4 metal strips and wedged them under the existing light edge and wrapped it over the wire edge. Simple, hidden, and secure. You can see it in the picture.
A better idea would be to get anchors to be able to screw it in place but I was making it work with what I had available.
Step 5: Paper Chandelier
With a little time investment and about 10$ you have a fun way to spice up your current light fixture. :)
Here are some other options-
- If you don't want to use jump rings you can glue the circles onto string - OR - you can sew the circles with sewing machine to create the links.
- Use regular craft paper. Colors and prints could make it really fun.
- Use a heart hole punch, or a butterfly. Any shape you can find.
- Use a crochet circle for the base of the chandelier.
- Use and old lamp base
- You can spray a shimmer of gold on the vellum paper
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