This is a project that I first did when we rented to cover up the horrible light that was in our dining room without having to do any electrical work. We now own a house but we are preparing to redo out kitchen so I wanted something inexpensive to cover the generic light that came with the house until we decide on a permanent fixture. Pottery Barn has a great one that I used as inspiration.
I like the way this DIY wax paper capiz shell chandelier turned out so much that we may keep it permanently. If we do, I’ll have to rework a bit since right now it is literally sitting over the current fixture. It’s a really great project for renters!
I ironed together three sheets of wax paper between a thin cotton dishcloth. You can also iron between sheets of parchment paper.
Next up is making all of those faux shells. I used a 1 1/2 inch punch and just went to town. I needed like 500 hundred so it took some time but it was easy work.
You do have to use a sewing machine but it is easy and goes quickly once you get the hang of it. Here is a short video of the sewing process just so you can see it come together.
I used a glue gun and just covered the basket in three tiers. I had a basket kicking around in the basement but here is an example of one you could use from Home Depot. (The hearts would not be visible..)
And it’s just wax paper! Imagine all of the holiday decorating you could do with the leftover wax paper strings…