DIY Paint Swatch Chandelier

1. Youll need a whole bunch of paint swatches in your desired colours (seriously, emphasis on the whole bunch part). Using a scalloped paper punch youll need to punch about 40 -60 swatches into little medallions. Keep the medallions divided by colours in little saucers or cups.

2. Using an Exacto knife and super sharp metal scissors carefully cut apart the fabric lamp shade, peeling away the pieces until the metal parts is as exposed as possible. When picking out a lamp shade 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.

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 doesnt bother you then this step isnt necessary! Repeat this step until all of your chandelier strands are strung and taped together.

4. 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 voila! Youre ready to hang this beauty!

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