Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Creatives Tuesdays: DIY Paint Swatch Chandelier


Hi sweeties! Its lovely feeling to have Creatives Tuesdays returned as always! We here loves all the DIY Ideas we get from everywhere and yes You.. Newly Brides or brides-to-be are welcome to share your DIY inspirations here in our Songket Affairs Diaries! So, do email us at songketaffairs@gmail.com and we will be gladly to share your masterpiece! and.. not to worry; we will also credit you / your site as well! Sharing is Caring indeed!
For today's DIY Project, we want to share on the Makings of these lovelies Swatch Chandeliers. They're sooo pretty and perfect for any occasion from bridal showers to baby showers to parties and even weddings. Well i say it is because we fell in love instantly with these ombre paint chips chandelier which has turned out so sweet. Big thanks to Hey Gorg for sharing and do scroll below to get the step by step directions. Happy Crafting loves!


Supplies you need: A whole bunch of paint swatches in your desired colours. Do picked a variety of blush, pink and red hues so you could get a fancy ombre look to the chandelier. Lamp shade (as the chandelier base), Exacto knife / super sharp metal scissors, Scallop paper puncher, tape, string thread, ribbon (to match the paint swatches).
Step 1: Using a scalloped paper puncher you’ll need to punch about 40 -60 swatches into little medallions. Keep the medallions divided by colours in little saucers or cups like below.

Step 2: Fixing the base. Using the lamp shade (chandelier base), with Exacto knife and super sharp metal scissors, carefully cut apart the fabric lamp shade, peeling away the pieces until the metal parts were as exposed as possible. When picking out a lamp shade, do try to pick out one where the bottom diameter is much smaller than the top. This will make your layers of paint swatch medallions hang better and thus look much better when the final product is done.

Step 3: Lay out your paint medallions, coloured side down, in the desired order. Tape down a long piece of coloured thread along the middle of the backs of each medallion. Then using a piece of tape, cut down the center width wise, tape together the edges where one medallion meets the next. Without this final piece of tape, the medallions with rotate on their piece of thread, thus showing the bar codes, text and colour names usually located on the backs of the paint swatches. If that doesn’t bother you then this step isn’t necessary! Repeat this step until all of your chandelier strands are strung and taped together.

Final Step: Flip your lamp shade upside down and fasten it somewhere where it can hang freely. Start stringing on your strands along the perimeter of the bottom of the chandelier until the entire metal base is covered. Then start stringing strands along the widest ‘top’ of your chandelier so that the lowest part of your strand hits the mid point of the bottom layer. Continue this all the way around until the entire chandelier is covered. Add a ribbon to the metal pieces (where the light bulb would pop in) and Tadaa! You’re ready to hang this beauty!
Credits Photos to Jenna & Adapted and Interpreted from Hey Gorg.

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