Winter Pinterest Challenge: Light Please, Capiz

Yup, it’s that time again!

The Winter Pinterest Challenge is up, and today is the big reveal day. I can’t wait to see all the projects that everyone did.

After participating in the Summer Pinterest and Fall Pinterest Challenges, I was eagerly awaiting the Winter Challenge, too.

By now I bet you know how it works. First, you have to share your inspiration pin… So here’s what I pinned way back in October.

A faux capiz shell chandelier made with wax paper by Jessica over at Decor Adventures. Thanks Jessica!

Photo: Decor Adventures

Jessica is one of my blogging buddies, and her blog is full of awesome DIY projects and tutorials. Her tutorial for this chandelier was easy to follow, and not too finicky – my kind of project!

Here’s where the chandelier is slated to go. This is our office, and so the chandelier is one more step in the redo!

I had a few mishaps along the way.

Started with this black basket…

And wanted to spray paint it white.

But my can was empty! See the spots on the basket? That’s the end of the can! Somehow my inventory system failed me 🙁 I was sure I had more than that left!

I couldn’t see the point in halting production, so I ended up painting it by hand.

Besides, I had my trusty saw horses set up and ready to go.

Remember them from here?

Once the basket was painted I realized it was missing the metal bands I needed in the middle! How did I overlook that when I bought it?

So I had to improvise by wrapping wire around the basket in two sections.

Not so pretty, but it’ll all be covered in the end.

Onto making the faux capiz shells. Now back in November when I was buying all the stuff to do this project, I couldn’t find a basket and had to put the project on hold… I was ok with that, because I couldn’t find a circle cutter either.

And Jessica strongly recommended using one. Just to be safe, this is what I bought to make my circles with.

And since I just recently found a basket, I wanted to get going on this challenge, so I started to tackle the circles… as in drawing and cutting them by hand…

And, as in just 2 days before ‘reveal’ day (eeek!)… I knew this was going to take awhile.

So I asked my hubby to go on a circle cutter hunt since he was already out and about. And I just knew hitting craft supplies was SO in his plans 😉

He actually found one… but by the time he got home it was kind of too late. Oops! Sorry honey, I owe you one! 🙂

I just got on a roll, and kept going so I could start sewing the circles together. In case you’re wondering, my circles are 2 & 1/4 inches in diameter.

I ran out of bobbin thread – not a biggy, just a pain to stop and refill when you’re on a roll.

And then finally I began hanging the strands on the basket.

And… ran out of circles, so I had to make more.

See, told you there were a few mishaps along the way!


Ready to hang.

And I needed the help of my hubby for this. We discovered the distance between the basket hooks was different for each one!

Handy, right? So hubby drafted up a template for where to put the hooks in the ceiling

And then he got the fun job of transferring that data to the ceiling 😉

Putting the hooks in…

And hanging this puppy up. We would’ve preferred to suspend the chandelier from the ceiling a bit, but as you can see, this fixture didn’t give us much option for that.

It all went pretty well… until we realized we forgot to put the light bulbs back in!

Once that was done and the chandelier was rehung… well, we discovered one of the bulbs had burned out!!! Seriously, how did that happen between removal and putting them back in? And… we don’t have a replacement on hand to match the other one!

Did I say there were a few mishaps along the way?

But in the end the chandelier is a great change from where we started…

Here’s another look at the BEFORE

And the AFTER

And that’s another Pinterest Challenge wrap!

Check out all the other Winter challenge submissions here (mine is #105). To see what was done in the other challenges, the Fall 2011 submissions are here (mine is #100), and the Summer 2011 submissions are here (mine is #201).

Thank you so much to these ladies for another great Pinterest Challenge…

Did you join in the Winter Pinterest Challenge? What submission # is yours?