Capiz shell lamp shades can cost a fortune, but this lamp shade can be made to look like Capiz shells for a fraction of the cost – less than $20! Get the look you want for less!
If you’re new here, my current project room – at least the one that has most of my focus – is my daughter’s bedroom. It’s a small, cramped room, in need of a makeover. I have a lengthy list of projects to get through before I can call it finished, of which I’d only crossed off one item – the rearranging part, at least until today!
On my travels, I came across this one at my other home World Market.
Although the price wasn’t too bad, it was the wrong color, as well as it didn’t work with the fan. Plan B went into effect.. or, should I say. The Plan B that I suddenly came up with went into effect.
Or rather, Plan B found itself in a fantastic tutorial at Fabulous Fashions for Sensible Style.
They promised I could make a DIY Capiz Chandelier for under $15.. and.. they were right! I’m not going to do a full tutorial here – theirs was well written, but I’ll give you a brief overview of what I did to attach it to my fan rather than a regular ceiling fixture.
A glue gun and glue
Wax Paper – I used two 75 foot boxes
A circle cutter – I used a 2.5″ circle
1/4″ organza ribbon in white
Ruler or Tape Measure
A bell-shaped lamp shade (ensure it has a spider fitter, used to attach to a lamp harp)
A lamp harp
WHAT TO DO
1. Strip the lamp shade of it’s cover down to the wire.
CREATE THE SHELLS
2. Layer 5 sheets of 12″x12″ wax paper and fuse them together by placing the layers between two thin towels, and ironing them with a very hot iron.
3. When the layers are cool, use a 2.5″ paper cutter to cut out as many circles as will fit on a sheet. You’ll need about 300 circles for this project. These will be your “shells.”
Tips for paper cutters:
Be sure your cutters are extremely sharp. I recommend the EK Success Cutter – after trying three different punches, this was the best of the three. I also tried a Fiskar and a Michael’s cutter that I picked up at – you guessed it, Michaels! Neither was worth the money. The Fiskar wouldn’t get through the paper at all, while the Michael’s brand only partially cut.
CREATE THE STRANDS
4. Cut 60 – 13″ lengths of ribbon and 30 – 9″ lengths of ribbon.
5. Glue five “shells” to the 13″ lengths of organza ribbon, starting 1 1/2″ from one end of the ribbon (this becomes the “top”) butting each circle against the next as you go down the length.
6. Glue three “shells” to the 9″ lengths of organza ribbon, starting 1 1/2″ from one end of the ribbon (this becomes the “top”) butting each circle against the next as you go down the length.
ADD THE STRANDS TO YOUR FRAME
7. Turn the lampshade upside down. The widest end of the shade becomes the top.
8. Starting on the bottom – not what I did, but the smarter way to go – fold the top 1″ of ribbon strand over the wire and secure it with a dot of hot glue. Be sure to press both sides of the fold together to ensure the glue dries securely. I used ten strands per lamp shade section. On the top there were six, on the bottom of the frame, there were still six sections, but some were smaller than others. On the narrower sections, I attached three 8″ strands, on the wider sections, five.
9. Trim any remaining ribbon along the bottom of each strand up to the lower edge of the last “shell” in a row.
10. To give the top edge more of a finished look, cut the remaining circles in half, and glue them just slightly above the wire line on the top, with the cut edge facing up.
|Lamp harp, aka the thingy that you attach to your lamp to hang your shade|
And here it is in the room.
Because of the way and how low the shade sits, we can still use the fan – at least on medium, which is as high as we ever go anyway.
Here it is lit up. I love how the light shines through and shows each “shell.”
So, this one is a wrap. New, chic and trendy DIY Capiz Shell Lampshade, for under $20.. check! Huge thanks to Fabulous Fashions for Sensible Style for such a FANTASTIC tutorial!
With the lampshade checked off, my honey-i-am-going-to-do list is as follows:
Re-arrange the furniture
Attempt to dye the duvet cover and update the bedding