DIY CHANDELIER

12/15/2017

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  

 

  

 SUPPLIES: 

 

DIRECTIONS:

  • 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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