Today I’m kicking off Porch Project week at Dixie Delights! I completed loads of DIY decor projects to pull the space together and figure I’ll go ahead and start with the best of the lot – the oyster shell chandelier!! This piece is seriously like a dream come true for me. I could not be happier with the way it turned out and am currently scouting my inside for a place for another :-)
Since the chandelier would be for an outdoor space, I was pretty limited for a starting point. I opted for this Indoor/Outdoor Chandelier by Royce Lighting from Amazon. It was just under $300 so certainly not cheap…
To doll it up, you’ll need:
- A slew of oyster shells (these were found and cleaned by Mother and Daddy-O). I used about 75 shells on mine, but that will vary with the size of your shells. - Krylon Stainless Steel spray paint (because I thought this would blend in with the shells)
- A Dremel with 1/16” drill bit
- Wire to thread together your shells
1. Here’s what the chandelier looked like out of the box. First things first, I taped off all the electrical parts and went to town with the spray paint.
2. Meanwhile, Honey set to work drilling holes in the shells.
3. I first wrapped a length of wire around the top of the chandelier so that I’d have something to drape the shells from. As you can see, it scratched off some of the paint but you really can’t tell now that it’s hanging. From here, you just use the wire to secure shells all around the chandelier. It was much trial and error on what looked best as I got each shell up.
4. After I got the entire top piece complete, I waited until it was hanging in place to do the bottom shells. This made it easier to hang and also let me see what it would look like as I worked on it. For the bottom shells, I wrapped wire around the base of the chandelier and linked shells together just like in #3 above.
5. I used a small nut to bring all of the hanging strands together in the bottom middle. And I dangled one last shell from the base.
It was extremely time intensive…probably one of the longest projects I’ve ever undertaken (I generally like the short and sweet variety) but is literally one of my favorite things in my entire house!!!
Stay tuned as I have so much more to share all week long!
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