home decor blogs are my guilty pleasure. i like to breeze through them in the morning while i sip my chai.

so when a few of my favorite blogs (YHL, Bower Power, Style by Emily Henderson, and Making a House a Home) joined together to issue a Pinterest Challenge, it inspired me to make practical use of my pinning. :P plus, me and my friend Laurene had been talking about actually doing some projects for awhile.

we have lots of boob lights in our house...thanks to it being built in the 70s. and i have been on a mission to be rid of them. i got rid of one earlier this summer, and now i was on a mission to be rid of the one in our hallway. our hallway was in need of a little excitement for sure.

i love the capiz shell chandeliers that are so in style right now...but they're kind of pricey if you plan to buy one. fortunately though, there are about a million tutorials on how to DIY a wax paper version all over pinterest and the internet. i won't go into the details of how i did it since the formula is already out there, but i pretty much followed these directions, except i used and old busted out lamp shade as my frame, and i used a circle puncher to make all the wax paper shells. no way i'd have the patience to cut a million circles with scissors. oh, and i used fishing line instead of thread.

to hang it i just used 3 mug hooks, and since it was pretty big i just hung it directly over the boob light and didn't even bother to take it down. i figure protecting the wax paper from any heat coming from the light is probably a good thing.

anyways, our hall way is now officially fancy! (sorry, i forgot to take before pics..but who hasn't seen a million boob lights? i'm sure you can imagine. :P)

i love how it adds some texture and height to the hall.
this project cost a grand total of about $5...and some time.

ok, maybe a lot of time. but once i figured out how to make it work, and got into a rhythm, it probably took about 6 hours. of course those hours were spread out across many days though.

realistically, this is a very busy time of year for me, and fun DIY projects should have been the lowest priority on my list. but once i started it was almost therapeutic. it became my late night obsession, and my way to unwind after a busy day. almost every spare second i had (or didn't have) was spent working on this baby, so my husband will probably be glad to have me back now.

so...2 boob lights down, and one to go. any ideas on what i should do with the last surviving boob light in the entry way?


  1. I love capiz too that is until I found out that everybody and their brother has one in the house. I'm on the hunt for something different. Love your blog.


  2. yeah, i still can't help but love it though! haha. but i was thinking this project could also be super cool using pieces of a map or something instead of wax paper. :) i might have to try something like that for our study...

  3. awesome Mandy, I can't wait to see it. K is not sure about the mini one in the kitchen over the sink though I think that would be the perfect place! Still working on my lamp and I'm sure we'll have a blog update soon! :)

  4. Mandy you made that ?!?!?!!!!!?! I LOVE IT !! Anirban just got me 2 paper lanterns for my upcoming birthday and we'll put LEDs in them so we don't have to run ugly cords down the wall... lighting makes me happy :)

    Although I'm a tiny bit LOLing at the fact that you replaced 70s decor with... 70s decor ;) Sorry for being a design nerd :D I adore capiz shells (or things that look like them!) and want a huge hanging once I'm out of this tiny apartment :)


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