I have been coveting these Jute Twine Chandelier Shades from Ballard Designs and giving my old chandelier shades the stink eye for quite sometime. The solution? Get some jute twine and hack Ballard’s Chandelier Shades for $2.00!
The Ballard version of the chandelier shades cost $18.00 each. With 5 shades to replace it would have cost me $90.00. Ouch! I bought this chandelier 6-years ago with our wedding gift money. At the time the gold shades matched my red & gold decor. But the red and gold is long gone and the shades have stayed because I refused to spend the extra money.
I still love the chandelier but the shades look like they came out of granny’s attic.
I scored several rolls of jute twine from my local Habitat for Humanity Renovation Station at $1.19 each. I splurged and bought 5 rolls because I was unsure how much I would need.
Here is another close up of the horrendous shades. Bleh!
Starting at the bottom of the shade I vertically hot-glued the twine.
Then I applied a thin layer of the glue at the seam and wrapped the twine around.
After wrapping the first shade I switched to starting at the top of the shade, which proved to be much easier to manage.
Ever so often I would add a dollop of hot glue at the boning of the shade to keep it in line and consistent. I decided not to wrap the jute horizontally, like the Ballard version, because I didn’t want a smidge of that gold fabric peeking out from behind the jute.
Just keep wrapping and gluing.
Hide your final layer of jute by not clipping it at the seam of the shade but veering slightly higher. Secure with one last small drop of glue.
Ah! That’s so much better! And it only took 1.5 rolls of the jute!
I am so glad I didn’t cave and spend the $90.00 on the Ballard shades! The jute creates a great natural texture and is neutral, so if I decide to change my decor down the road, it will be able to come along for the ride.
I dug this photo of my dining room out of my computer’s trashcan. It’s not exactly a beauty shot with a toddler highchair, half painted dining room chairs, and boxes in the background. But here is where I am at today in this space. You can see my dining room 2 years ago here.
It feels so nice to complete a project for me. Even if it’s just a little one, it makes me feel better.