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Saturday, April 18, 2015

Twig Chandelier - The 3 Step Do it Yourself Guide to Making a Rustic Chandelier from Sticks and Branches

Watch my Youtube video for this project below...

The Base

Use branches about an inch and a half in diameter to create a base by attaching the twigs to the center of the chandelier. I used a combination of Zip Ties (to attach the heavier branches to the metal changelier stems) and hot glue (to attach lighter branches to the heavier branches).

TIP: Remember that you want to create a "nest" at the bottom of the fixture so you will need some length from the base branches to extend below. The bottom of the base branches will be the foundation for building the nest.

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The Arms

Thinner, longer twigs are needed for the arms or stems of the chandelier. When you're out stick searching really good finds are the long wispy twigs that are easy to bend without snapping.

I found it best to stick twigs into the base where there are spaces that will allow, then line the twig up with an arm or stem and use small Zip Ties to attach it. You will have to repeat this maybe a hundred times with each new twig install and all around the chandelier concentrating on the arms or stems.

The Nest

Just like the base serves as a foundation for the arms, the arms do the same for the nest. This is why I explain that these three steps, as well as the order in which they are performed, are key to a successful result in this project. 

Using a mixture of twigs (some the same size as the ones used for the arms and some a little wider than the ones used for the arms but thinner than the ones used for the base), start to build and weave the final structure of the chandelier. Use longer branches to create a "bowl" by attaching one end of the branch to one arm and the other end to another arm. I did not use any hot glue for the nest. I used some Zip Ties, but because my base and arms foundations were good, I could rely mostly on them to build the nest. I laid twigs across the arms just securing the ends by sticking them in between other twigs. I also poked twigs through the bottom of the base where the base twigs were snug and they would stay wedged in between them.

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Hanging this beast is a whole nother tutorial, but if you have questions about that please comment or email me and I'd be happy to help.

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