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Like many brilliant moments, the idea for this DIY chandelier happened by accident. We lost a heap of branches after some rough weather, and our tulip tree dropped some of the most elegant ones. Petrified flowers, ever so delicate, fell a hundred feet from the sky and littered the lawn.

The history of the tree is unknown. Standing two-hundred feet tall, four feet in diameter, it has a masterfully built tree well, and a lightning rod that may or may not work; I imagine someone truly loved it.

Unable to get over the fallen branches' beauty, I knew I could make something with them. We don't have a chandelier in the kitchen, just a bare light bulb protruding from the ceiling and with our first-holiday party rapidly approaching, I had to do something about the eyesore.

hidden battery box



  • Find beauty in nature, and collect detritus that inspires you

  • Assemble to your liking combining branches with green wire

  • I found it helpful to suspend the sculpture while working on it

  • Spray paint your creation, the string lights' battery box, and a few foot long pieces of floral wire

  • Hang (see how I hung mine in the video below)

  • String with lights. I attached the battery box to the chandelier with the spray painted floral wire

  • Add greenery (optional). I did this to hide the battery box

I couldn't be more pleased with how this project turned out. There is nothing more rewarding than creating something from nature. I urge you to step outside and be inspired by your surroundings.

Want more? You can see another project like this here!

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