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!