Lighting up my life with a white twig chandelier

  White twig chandelier from willow branches and grapevines - via Funky Junk Interiors

How I made a twig chandelier – with willow branches and grapevines

White twig chandelier from willow branches and grapevines - via Funky Junk Interiors

White twig chandelier from willow branches and grapevines - via Funky Junk Interiors

 Supplies:

Some kind of wire, clippers, needle nose pliers, scissors, twine, spray paint (something for wood is good), twigs of choice, chandelier to work with.

White twig chandelier from willow branches and grapevines - via Funky Junk Interiors

White twig chandelier from willow branches and grapevines - via Funky Junk Interiors

1. Gather stock.

Willow and grapevine branches are abundant in my backyard, so they were the lucky chosen. The great news.. they are both very pliable to move in whatever shape you desire! And that was critical for what I had in mind.

White twig chandelier from willow branches and grapevines - via Funky Junk Interiors

2. Find a cute chandelier with just the right lines.

I know. It’s adorable as is, but this thing sat in my garage for nearly 2 years! I didn’t even know if it worked. The electrical part held me back. So I went for it anyway with my new idea. I had a deadline here! :)

White twig chandelier from willow branches and grapevines - via Funky Junk Interiors

3. Find a spot to hang the chandelier.

I started the project in the backyard. I elevated the chandelier, stripped the leaves off all the branches and started fiddling, not having a flip flying clue what I was doing. And then it started to rain.

White twig chandelier from willow branches and grapevines - via Funky Junk Interiors

 No worries! This is my photo shoot / work area that is outside yet protected from the elements. I found this view rather humorous with the cat sitting beside a birdhouse collection in decor transition. :)

Method

White twig chandelier from willow branches and grapevines - via Funky Junk Interiors

4. Bundle up the grapevine branches in one hand.

White twig chandelier from willow branches and grapevines - via Funky Junk Interiors

 5. Slip them underneath the chandelier, using the table for that extra set of hands. (thanks rain, this was better!) Then fiddle around. Lots.

White twig chandelier from willow branches and grapevines - via Funky Junk Interiors

6. Tie the twine around the mid section to hold the vines in place.

White twig chandelier from willow branches and grapevines - via Funky Junk Interiors

 7. Bend the branches towards each light, following the lines of the chandelier.

White twig chandelier from willow branches and grapevines - via Funky Junk Interiors

8. Tie the branches to each light with the twine.

9. Applaud me for these amazing shots done with one hand. :P

White twig chandelier from willow branches and grapevines - via Funky Junk Interiors

10. This is what you’re left with so far. Give the chandelier a haircut so it’s all nice and pretty like.

White twig chandelier from willow branches and grapevines - via Funky Junk Interiors

 11. Spray the branches in white because the theme this weekend is white of course! Plus, the chandy was white which looked odd with the brown branches. If you want a woodsy one instead, prespray the chandy a similar colour to your branches so it fades away.

White twig chandelier from willow branches and grapevines - via Funky Junk Interiors

And this is what you have now! She’s getting mighty cute like, but she isn’t done with her makeover quite yet.

White twig chandelier from willow branches and grapevines - via Funky Junk Interiors

 12. Use the willow for in between the lights. Attach with twine.

While I did use both willow and grapevines for the main body, the willows are wispy enough to bend whichever way you wish for this part.

White twig chandelier from willow branches and grapevines - via Funky Junk Interiors

 13. Add some flourish with the willow branches to ‘band’ the ties. Simply wind around many times over, and wire them together where it won’t show.  (my son the assistant came in really handy with this part) The extra detail really made a big difference. Spray one more time and you’re done!

Finishing details:

a) protect bulb openings before spray painting. Whoops!

b) after spraying, lightly distress with the edge of a stick to bring some paint off.. it looked better.

 c) using frosted bulbs are easier on the eyes.

 d) wire it up to a plug until the electrical can be officially connected properly. I was impatient. And a plug worked. I’ll show you that technique in another post soon.

e) You will need to tweak the twigs once it’s hanging in your home by simply pushing things here and there until it looks right. 

f) My son didn’t appreciate me doing that over his chicken soup. It’s abit messy like. :) 

White twig chandelier from willow branches and grapevines - via Funky Junk Interiors

White twig chandelier from willow branches and grapevines - via Funky Junk Interiors

White twig chandelier from willow branches and grapevines - via Funky Junk Interiors

14. Freak OUT because you actually have a kitchen island light that WORKS for the first time in two years! That’s rather on the quirky side. :)

It really does look cute in the house against all the rustic whites in the kitchen area.

 Remember my very expensive to die for inspiration?

White twig chandelier from willow branches and grapevines - via Funky Junk Interiors

I still love it.. but mine was pretty much free.  AND it’s white! :)

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  1. That is soooooo fantastic! Looks exactly like the original brown one, but white and so much less $$$$.
    Good for you, I’m showing this one to my dh….

  2. I love this… I love this… I love this!!!!
    I know I am collecting all my sticks and bits and pieces to make something amazing like this one day (sooner than later I hope)… My new house is screaming for this “branchy” touch…. Can I find a chandelier is the question???

  3. &*()()&^(__ frieken kewl Donna……..i knew after you posted the inspirational piece you would come up with something and its just perfect over the island let me say again $#%*(&)^^!!!!

  4. Hey Donna, Cool cool cool! I love that white twig chandy. I have always loved those twig chandys since I saw them in Jackson Hole Wyoming. I haven’t linked up lately but I will be this weekend with my own white chandy makeover with parts from my local dump!

  5. Oh that’s great and it didn’t look as hard as I thought it would be. I do like it white! (that Grocery sign in the background still catches my eye everytime!)

  6. Okay, that totally ROCKS! I love it and will promptly be searching for twigs and branches, and a chandelier, and willows……can you just send me that one????

  7. You have got to be joking!!!!
    As if you made a chandelier from twigs?!
    This is SOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO beautiful!!!!
    I love your style..its simply amazing!!!
    Oh and how was your sons soup? lol

    Deborah xo

  8. AHHHH! I DO WISH THESE KEYBOARDS HAD SOUND!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    OH MY.

    MY.

    Donna, I can’t think of any adjectives to use anymore….we gotta start our own dictionary of words for creations like this!!!

    I’m so happy about it because after you shared the one in the restaurant I have been dreaming of making one and didn’t have the nerve (or time!) to spend on it!!! Hanging above your island, it’s so earthy elegant!!!

    It’s simply TWIGILICIOUS!!

    ~K

    ps – a little twig in a soup never hurt anybody, right? white paint flecks, now, that could be a little different!!

  9. Oh, yeah. The cat photo is priceless. You should print that out in sepia and frame it in your kitchen. Your cat is gorgeous!

  10. Oh, i love the chandelier–living in Texas, I use ceiling fans – IN – EVERY- ROOM. So except for my swags… I have no place for a way cool chandelier like yours.
    Thanks for sharing– now I feel like I have a part!

  11. You just continue to amaze me!! It is beautiful! Love your little furry helpers too! Every time I busts our sticks, string, and greenery my helpers are right there too helping every step of the way, even sampling some just to make sure that it will be worth their time trying to reach it once it is all hung up! :)

  12. This turned out amazing, you did such a great job!!!

    You have inspired me, I went out and found a junk door that I will be turning into a headboard and I found 4 shutters at my local thrift store that I will be using soon aswell!!!

    I just love your blog!!

  13. Oh Donna, this is fantastic. I knew you’d come up w/something soon! I agree with Pattie, it would look so cute w/some little white lights for the holidays! I know you’ll find a way to add those, too. Those are priceless pics of the cats helping.

  14. How to Know That You Live in Paradise:

    1. Have green grass in November.
    2. Have grapevine & willow ‘on hand’ in the back forty.
    3. Have two feline model/assistants fluffy and available.
    4. Have scrumptious shed in back yard for that corner chandy pic.
    5. Have happy happy insides with the creation of twiggy goodness.
    6. Have light in kitchen now all by yourself.
    7. Have additional fibre for soup plus soup eater to make you smile.
    8. Have made many friends oooh and ahhh with above mentioned twiggy creation.

    Thanks as always for your inspiration!

  15. OH MY GOSH!!! DONNA!!! YOU DID IT!! and you thought we were all so silly for thinking you did that one you first posted!! I love it!! I SERIOUSLY LOVE IT!!!! :)

  16. O, Donna…this is so cute I could just spit.
    You just blow me away, girl. You are so good!!

    I just ran out of time and didn’t CRAFT anything white..so just showing white dishes. Pretty pitiful, I know. but……
    I took my friend that is still on a walker from a stroke Christmas shopping and nearly pulled my hair out…then one of my grands got hit in the head with a golf club and I was freaking out..then I was late picking up hubby…I need wine…and chocolate…
    I’m finished whining….:)
    I do love your chandy..

  17. That looks awesome…I’ve been eyeing one of those in a local store but it is priced over $1000…I was trying to figure out the best way to make it and what kind of branches they used…glad to see how well it turned out for you and the example of how you did it!

  18. You have done it and in grand style! Totally love the way this came out and the little candelabra I’ve got in storage is looking more and more like a twiggy candidate. You make me more motivated and more humble, how’s that you clever woman?

  19. Oh, you are so imaginative!! New here, just found you and will follow and join your memes. I’m just re-starting and invite you to my blog. I look forward to learning a lot from you!

  20. Holy frickety-frick! Thank you! I was thinking about updating an old, generic chandelier in this very way and POOF, there was your blog in my google search! I’m going to have fun checkin’ out your blog. I think you and I are cut from the same funky cloth. Thanks for the great inspiration! I actually prefer the white.

  21. Amazing transformation! I was thinking about taking down a white painted chandelier & throwing it in the yard sale pile & then saw this! LOVE it! :) chris

  22. This is one stunning makeover! Your tutorial is also very detailed and easy to follow :) And I must say, I honestly prefer this more that the inspiration chandy ;) Good job!

  23. I have just this week ‘rescued’ a tacky chandelier from our neighbor’s trash (under the cover of darkness) to use in our summer home. I shall NOW be adding twigs, grapevines, etc., to the thing. One question: I want this for an outdoor fixture (it will be re-wired to accommodate an extension cord w/plug). What do I need to do to make it fit for outdoor use?
    I realize this original post is over a year old, but I hope that you will see my questions. This thing is BEAUTIFUL!!!!!!

  24. Hey Nancy! For outdoor use if in the weather, you’d totally need to find a chandy that was outdoor compliant for certain. I’d just use a clear matte sealer for the wood part and it should be good to go! :)

  25. I just saw this chandelier and I loooove it! I have one in my dining room that I am constantly decorating or doing something to. This is a wonderful way to keep it all the time…..or until I get a wild hair and decide its time for a redo, lol

  26. I love this. I think it would look great on a patio. Lots of ideaas running through my head with this one!

  27. I think this is wonderful, I am in the midst of chandelier heaven, like you I have had them in the loft and above wardrobes for years,so I have been crystal ing like mad…I am such a magpie, but I have really enjoyed my little self, and it has kept me quiet, ( always a good thing..) I have used this idea for an alternative Christmas tree, ( we were poor, what can I say,) and I have carried on doing my own ‘thing’ since childhood. I am taking LED lights with me to India, and I will be making the twig tree for people for Christmas, I just hope they like them.. So I am now looking a chandelier number 5 and wondering if I should use twigs or wicker but interweave the led lights through it as well, and glue in some baubles..I shall be playing all night now..
    I think your blog is great and if it is okay with you, can I pop back and have another look at what you are up to ?
    Take care.
    Love
    Su.

  28. this is really beautiful ! You did a great job on this .This would look good on an outside patio. love the white.

    I saw a picture in a magazine of a Chinese paper globe that had been
    covered with paper cup liners. this one was done in all pink paper liners. put a little glue on the bottom of each paper liner and stick
    to the paper globe. So cute.

  29. thx 4 the awesome tutorial! never wouldve thought i could do this but ur pics r so detailed, uv made it ez =) n i love the white, beautiful ♥

  30. I absolutely love this!!!! I will be moving into a house soon and want to try this for my dining room. :) It will fit in so well with the rest of my decor. Thank you!!!!

  31. I was just looking at the very expensive twig chandeliers online.
    Thank you!! I am going to give this a try myself!