Capiz shells have been used to create stylish chandeliers, but finding these shells can be challenging and expensive. Amazingly, a faux capiz chandelier made with wax paper can look practically identical!
Sewing machine (or optional just needle and thread)
Let's get started!
Start by placing three sheets of wax paper on top of one sheet of parchment paper and then place another sheet of parchment paper on top of the wax paper. The parchment paper will prevent the wax paper from melting on your iron and ironing board.
Turn the iron on medium and iron from the center of the layered sheets to the outside edges to smooth them out. After about 15 seconds of ironing, the three sheets of wax paper will melt together to become one.
Use a 1 1/2 or 2 inch circle paper punch to create circles of wax paper. Keep punching until you have punched through all of the sheets. If the blade is dull, you may need to finish cutting the circles with scissors.
Determine how many circles you want to use for your chandelier. How long should the longest strands be? If you want the longest strand to be 36", you will need about 24 shells per strand. You will want three different lengths of strands to make a three-tiered chandelier.
Remove the light fixture from a ceiling light and hang your faux capiz chandelier with swag hooks.
Note: As you hang the chandelier, make sure the faux capiz shells do not touch the light bulb to prevent the wax paper from melting or catching fire if it gets too hot. The chandelier frame should be wide enough for the wax paper to not directly touch the light bulb.