Thursday, April 3, 2014

Capiz Flower Chandelier DIY

I'm so excited to share one of my favorite DIYs I've done so far! This is my Capiz Flower Chandelier:

Capiz Flower Chandelier DIY / The Twisted Horn

A while ago I came across  THIS  DIY project on Pinterest that I loved so much and I knew one day I could use it. So I stored it away for the right time and guess what? Now is the time! Yay for Pinterest hoarding!  That DIY combined with THIS nursery from Shawna Robinson gave me the motivation I needed. Add in a little luck from Homegoods and Home Depot and BAM! a chandelier is made.

Here are some comparable ones selling online now:

Lotus Flower Chandelier from Viesso for $612.50 on sale!
Capiz Flower Pendant from Pottery Barn $199
Still a bit out of my budget, besides with the tutorial and a little elbow grease I knew I could make one just as good at a fraction of the price, and so my mission began and it turned out to be easier than I had anticipated, which seriously NEVER happens with DIYs.

Just like the DIY from View Along the Way, I too found the capiz flower light at Homegoods for a sale price of $49. My strategy was a bit different though. I live in an apartment and didn't want any fixture to be so permanent and I didn't really want to be messing with wires of any sort. With that in mind I decided to make my fixture equivalent to a lampshade. Something that I would be able to remove when we move or if we decide to move it somewhere else in the house, but it had to be adaptable to our current fixture (shown without the cover):

Capiz Flower Chandelier DIY / The Twisted Horn


The little rubber ring keeps the lampshade in place. I just needed to figure out how to get a circular piece from a lampshade onto the capiz shell part. I went to a thrift store and found this ratty thing:

Capiz Flower Chandelier DIY / The Twisted Horn

The circular piece fit perfectly onto my current light fixture. I took apart the metal part from the lampshade and then took it to Home Depot to have it cut (for free) to fit the top of the capiz shell fixture like this:

Capiz Flower Chandelier DIY / The Twisted Horn


From there I simply used the glue gun to stick it to the top of the capiz flower fixture:

Capiz Flower Chandelier DIY / The Twisted Horn

Capiz Flower Chandelier DIY / The Twisted Horn

Once that part was securely fastened I was able to put it in place by removing the light bulb and the round thing (super technical I know!) and putting in the fixture, then fastening the round thing over it:

Capiz Flower Chandelier DIY / The Twisted Horn

Then you put the light bulb back in:

Capiz Flower Chandelier DIY / The Twisted Horn

And you're done! Now look back and admire your work!

Capiz Flower Chandelier DIY / The Twisted Horn


Capiz Flower Chandelier DIY / The Twisted Horn


The total project only cost the price of the capiz flower fixture, $49 and the ratty lampshade $1. The glue I had on hand and the cutting was free at Home Depot. There really wasn't much else to this project except taking the time to find the chandelier and the lampshade. It's so beautiful I just go stare at it occasionally. It literally brightens up the room.


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