coastal decor and crafts

5/23/11

DIY Capiz Shell Chandelier

To make a capiz shell chandelier is time consuming, but so worth the effort! Just take a look at these examples and find out how to make a show stopping faux capiz shell chandelier for as little as $9!

capiz shell chandelier west elm
This is the very popular West Elm Capiz Shell Chandelier installed in the bedroom at Vintage Mint.


capiz shell chandelier
And an even dreamier version! This one had been on Susan’s wish list for a long time, but it was out of her price range. Then a tutorial popped up in the blogsphere.

DIY faux and real capiz shellsA DIY Faux Capiz Shell Chandelier posted on Design Sponge. So Susan and some of her friends got together to make the faux chandelier. A zillion wax paper circles needed to be cut out!

faux capiz shell chandelier
You can find the full tutorial on Susan’s blog here. She started with a thrifted lamp shade, added an extra row of wire and sewed the wax paper circles together on the sewing machine.

hanging faux capiz chandelier
Then, her husband installed hooks to the ceiling and hung the capiz chandelier.

faux capiz chandelier lit
Here it is with the light on. Total cost $9.

faux capiz chandelier in bedroom
And this is Amy's faux capiz shell chandelier, one of Susan's friends. She says, "I can’t even get over how fancy it looks. This is one craft that does not look homemade." And I agree!

capiz chandelier
And another masterpiece here!

30 comments:

Katty's cosy cove said...

Beautiful! Thank you for sharing. Have a wonderful day and keep yourself crafty :)

Angie @ The Country Chic Cottage said...

I love those!! Here is my version:

http://www.thecountrychiccottage.net/2010/09/rose-petal-chandy.html

I made mine with rose petals! :) Easier than cutting paper circles anyway! :)

Simone @ Doberman's by the Sea said...

Stunning! I love them all.

Sheer Serendipity said...

Wow! Those chandeliers are beautiful! I can't believe they are a diy project! They are all gorgeous

Juju at Tales of Whimsy.com said...

I adore these and have always wanted one.

Shellbelle said...

These are not only gorgeous, they are SO ocean-friendly!!! I am very excited that so many are making these from wax paper and after your post, even more will!

Capiz shells have been overly harvested for decades and despite the tough regulations against this practice, it continues. Now you've shown us that there is an affordable way to get this same look. Save the oceans and money at the same time. Sounds like a win-win to me!

Thanks Maya for posting this!

Ocean Soul said...

A circle puncher and a sewing machine and some good friends...watch out West Elm!

Beautiful Details said...

I love this! Looks like a fun project and I have everything I need to make this. But I do love the sound of real capiz shells. Thanks for sharing Maya!

Della said...

Very, very clever! I would have never guessed they were made of wax paper, and not the real thing!

Blogging About All Things Beachy said...

the faux one looks so real --- great tips to make it (don't think I'd have the patience)

Thanks for sharing!

Linda (aka Beachside Cottage)

michelle said...

This is so cool! What a great idea and alot of cutting. :) I love that first room, beautiful!

Lili said...

A-MAZ-ING! Love this idea! ~Lili

Kirsty said...

Excellent job.

Sue (Someone's Mom) said...

That really is amazing...they look beautiful!

Sizzle and Zoom said...

This is stunning!

Tina said...

I'm blown away that those are wax paper circles! Very cool! Hey, thanks for stopping by my blog. It's been awhile and I'm just beginning to blog again after a long break. I thought of you when I was digging out all my beachy finds for the sunroom.
Blessings to you
T

FanSea said...

Wow that is awesome! I think I might make one myself!!!
And, yes, I would shop at PBT. They having things that would be appropriate for all ages depending on the item. You just have to have an "eye"!

Nikki said...

I LOVE this. I'm reposting tomorrow!

Carmie of the Single Nester said...

What a gorgeous idea! I love it but am afraid I don't have the patience.

Anonymous said...

I love this idea! I have a question though. Do the circles get tangled if there is a breeze going through the room?

Maya @ Completely Coastal said...

Do the circles get tangled if there is a breeze going through the room?
I can't say for sure, because I don't have a faux capiz chandelier. But I don't think a little breeze sould be a problem. But you might want to ask some of these guys who have them hanging in their rooms. Thanks so much for stopping by -it is a good question, something I didn't think of at all.

Anonymous said...

Very cool! one question though: would this be a fire hazard at all/would the wax soften or melt with the heat?

Maya @ Completely Coastal said...

Would this be a fire hazard at all/would the wax soften or melt with the heat?
As long as there's enough space around the bulb, no. You can see in picture number three that there's plenty of space. Definitely something to consider! Thanks for stopping by!!

coleen said...

wow how beachy. what a great http://www.completely-coastal.com/2011/05/faux-diy-capiz-shell-chandeliers.html

Anonymous said...

I love it! But where did u get your sheets?

Aubrey said...

So, i'm lazy. Making these it was taking so long with the iron and so i decided to layer a ton parcment paper and wax paper. (one parchment, 3 wax, one parchment, 3 wax, etc). Made like 20 layers and stuck them in the oven. So, for the equally lazy out there, this is NOT A GOOD IDEA. Might work if you watch it closely and only leave it in for like 30 seconds. My parchment paper started smoking everywhere!! eeesh. Just wanted to share my experience as a warning

Maya @ Completely Coastal said...

Aubrey, can't blame you for trying a shortcut. It is an elaborate undertaking. Appreciate you stopping by and sharing!!

Kathi said...

Maya you've done it AGAIN! Right now I am trying to make a faux capiz shell chandelier for my beach house dollhouse! I painted some parchment paper with white pearl paint. Then I used a hole punch to do the circles. Now I'm in the process of stringing my tiny circles on invisible thread! Impossible?
NOT. I am determined to do this!!!!

Anonymous said...

I'm having a hard time getting a clean cut from the circle punch. I'm using a fiskars 1.5" puncher. What kind of puncher did you use? Perhaps its because i'm using cheap knock off wax paper? Any tips would help. Thanks

Anonymous said...

This would make an AWESOME shower curtain :)