The use of anything from nature in regards to home decor has always spoken to me. It’s as if nature can do no wrong and no matter what you bring inside, it always works.
Such was the case when I covered a thrift store chandelier with willow branches and grapevines. Much to my delight, the chandelier truly resembles being made entirely out of twigs!
Here’s how I did it:
1. Gather long willow branches. Remove any leaves and thinner off shoots. Allow your cat to look over the loot to determine if you’ve chosen well. (Thank-you Beethoven!)
2. Round up some heavier grapevines to help stabilize the thinner willow branches. Both types of branches help achieve the look.
3. Starting with the grapevines, place them in the centre of the chandelier. Having a table down below to support the vines while working was VERY helpful. Otherwise, you may have to request for more help from your cat.
4. Tie the tops of the grapevines to the chandelier with twine or heavy string.
5. Bend branches towards each light, following the shape of the chandelier arms, then tie to secure.
It doesn’t look like much yet, but it will soon.
6. Look over the design to see if you can enhance it. Some cross overs with the thinner willow branches were added for more interest, then secured with twine.
7. Using the thinner willow branches, wrap around each twine tie, then hold together with pinched wire.
8. Give the entire chandelier a good spray of your desired colour until you’re happy with the coverage.
The wood was used in its green state so it would be bendable.
Due to the wood being green, a good white spray primer was used.
Avoid placing branches anywhere near the bulbs. If your chandelier doesn’t have bulb guards like this one, hunt for another style that does.
How you place the branches on the chandelier will determine how safe this light is. Please use caution and proceed at your own risk.
This funky little twig chandelier gets loads of attention. It’s yet another creative way nature tends to keep lighting up my life!
Like creative lighting? Here’s how I dressed up a lampshade with torn sheets and a baking pan base.
Do you have any unique lighting in your own home? What did you do?
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