DIY Nautical Chandelier

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I want start off saying I love the show Home Made Simple (on OWN). I wake up early on Saturday mornings just to watch it. The gist of the show if you aren’t already familiar is: A deserving person who gives back to the community is nominated by their peers and a design team comes in and revamps an area of their home.  Very heartfelt.  I saw two particular projects that I loved. It was the designer’s own version of a “Capiz Shell Chandelier” from West Elm and a “Jute Rope Chandelier” from Anthropologie.

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Here is the West Elm Chandelier. 

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And the jute rope chandelier.

I liked both so the only solution for me was to combine both. I figured the rope would give the soft capiz shells a nautical look, like a pirate princess. 

What you need

  • A hula hoop or embroidery hoop (depending on what size you like) *note* I used a couple loops of galvanized steel wire because that is what I had in the house at the time. 
  • Wax paper (dedicate a box to this project you may use less)
  • Twine
  • Iron & ironing board
  • Elmer’s glue or E9000
  • Scissors
  • Ruler
  • Hot Glue
  • Screw Hooks
  • Parchment paper

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Begin by tying a small knot of twine on your hoop and slowly get your wrap on. Once complete hot glue the start/end point so it doesn’t unravel. 

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To do this particular design I cut twine in various lengths

  • 4 pairs of 4” strips.
  • 4 pairs of 8” strips.
  • 4 pairs of 16” strips
  • 4 pairs of 32” strips

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Coat each strip in Elmer’s Glue so it will hold what ever shape you want it to have. After you finish coating your strips hot glue your strips to the hoop.  *note* There are “four sides” to the chandelier. Each side gets 1 pair of each size strip drape them in a “U shape”  from smallest to largest. Let dry. 

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Take your wax paper and measure then cut 9- 12” sheets. Feel free to add more depending on the size of your hoop.

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Layer a sheet of parchment paper on your ironing board (to protect it) then sandwich three sheets of wax paper at a time and “fuse” them together by running a warm iron over them. Repeat.

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Cut your fused sheets into 1” strips. Set aside.

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Your twine should be half dry and this is the time to mold it how you want. I gathered the middle sections and used a additional twine to secure it’s bow like shape. Let completely dry. 

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Hot glue the wax paper strips to the inside of the hoop. 

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Install your chandelier by using screw hooks. 

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Ta Dah! Now I do have to look at my original light fixture.

What do you think? If you try it let me know I would love to see it!

~ A.V.

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