A twig chandelier can add a charming touch of lighting to a patio or deck. The chandelier could also add a rustic tone to a cabin or a family room. The twig chandelier requires no special woodworking skills or equipment and all supplies can be found in craft stores and on a walk in the woods. The entire family could participate in making this twig chandelier, as even a small child could help gather twigs.
Things You'll Need
- 200 twigs
- Pruning shears
- 18-inch wire wreath frame
- Floral wire on a paddle
- 3 strings miniature holiday lights
- Brown twine
- Extension cord
Cut the twigs to a uniform size of 6 inches with the pruning shears. Separate the twigs into bundles composed of five twigs.
Lay the wire wreath frame on a flat surface like a table. Position one bundle at the upper left corner of the frame. Wrap the bottom ends of the bundle to the frame, using the floral wire on the paddle. Do not cut the wire.
Wrap a section of the miniature holiday lights around the frame in the same area with the floral wire.
Place a second bundle at the base of the first twig bundle and wrap the ends with the wire. Wrap a light section around the frame. Continue wrapping twig bundles and lights around the frame until the entire wire frame is covered with twigs and lights.
Tie three evenly spaced 12-inch lengths of brown twine to the wreath frame. Gather the top ends of the twine in a knot. Attach an extension cord to the strings of holiday lights and attach it to one piece of twine with the floral wire.
Hang the completed twig chandelier from a hook on a porch or deck overhang. Plug in the lights.
- "Holiday Lights"; David Seidman; 2003
- "The Ultimate Crafts Compendium"; Publisher Joanna Lorenz; Hermes House; 1998
- Photo Credit Sticky Twigs image by Sakura from Fotolia.com
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