Lighting up with a twig chandelier

on December 2 | in Crafts, Decor, Home, Interior Decorating | by | with 10 Comments

Make a twig chandelier, by Funky Junk Interiors featured on FOLK Magazine's blog

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:

Make a twig chandelier - by Funky Junk Interiors featured on FOLK Magazine's blog

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!)

Make a twig chandelier - by Funky Junk Interiors featured on FOLK Magazine's blog

2. Round up some heavier grapevines to help stabilize the thinner willow branches. Both types of branches help achieve the look.

Make a twig chandelier - by Funky Junk Interiors featured on FOLK Magazine's blog

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.

Make a twig chandelier - by Funky Junk Interiors featured on FOLK Magazine's blog

4. Tie the tops of the grapevines to the chandelier with twine or heavy string.

Make a twig chandelier - by Funky Junk Interiors featured on FOLK Magazine's blog

5. Bend branches towards each light, following the shape of the chandelier arms, then tie to secure.

Make a twig chandelier - by Funky Junk Interiors featured on FOLK Magazine's blog

It doesn’t look like much yet, but it will soon.

Make a twig chandelier - by Funky Junk Interiors featured on FOLK Magazine's blog

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.

Make a twig chandelier - by Funky Junk Interiors featured on FOLK Magazine's blog

7. Using the thinner willow branches, wrap around each twine tie, then hold together with pinched wire.

Make a twig chandelier - by Funky Junk Interiors featured on FOLK Magazine's blog

8. Give the entire chandelier a good spray of your desired colour until you’re happy with the coverage.

Tips:

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.

Make a twig chandelier, by Funky Junk Interiors featured on FOLK Magazine's blog

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?

Funky Junk Interiors - Donna, contributor for FOLK Magazine and blog

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10 Responses to Lighting up with a twig chandelier

  1. This is SO amazing!! It looks like something that would cost thousands if you bought it at an interiors shop! Love your ideas so much – I may try this if I can find some willow branches! :D Wonderful pictures too, as always!

  2. Kelly Eclectically Vintage says:

    I coveted a branch chandelier when I was shopping for lighting for my renovation – but it was $1,500!! Needless to say, I don’t have a branch chandelier!

    What a fabulous idea – and if Beethovan approves (he looks like my old cat Felix), it’s that much better!

    Kelly

  3. Teddee Grace says:

    This twig chandelier really turned out smashing! Love it.

  4. Sarah | Offbeat & Inspired says:

    This is such an amazing and creative idea! I love using natural things in interior decorating. Beautiful!

  5. Jill Flory says:

    That is really really cool! I love how that turned out!

  6. Vanessa says:

    Donna you just never cease to amaze me! Truly! You are so creative and this is absolutely beautiful!
    Vanessa

  7. My jaw just dropped!…The chandy is so amazing!…You are so truly talented..!

  8. Bridgitte says:

    My goodness…the variety of talent here is amazing! What a beautiful way to bring the outside indoors and celebrate nature! LOVE IT!!

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