How to DIY a white branch chandelier – with willow branches and grapevines
Anyone else have grapevines or access to willow branches in their backyard? You’re in for a treat! This project is so easy and so cool, and looks like a million bucks once done!
Branch caught my eye when I was visiting a local resort. Inside a gift shop was a spectacular, rustic branch chandelier that I couldn’t take my eyes off of.
After close inspection, I realized it probably wouldn’t be all that hard to make. Plus… I’d save a TON of money!
But finding the right chandelier to start with proved key…
Here’s how I DIY a white branch chandelier… that turned out so epic!
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How to DIY a white branch chandelier
Supplies I used:
white spray paint for wood
grapevine and willow twigs (or any twigs that are pliable)
1. Gather long pliable branches.
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.
Dried branches could prove tricky… but as long as you can bend without breaking, you should be ok.
2. Find a cute chandelier with just the right lines.
This cute little thrift store found chandelier sat in my garage for nearly 2 years! I didn’t even know if it worked. The electrical part held me back from working with it. So I went for it anyway with my new idea. It was worth a shot!
IMPORTANT: You’ll want to make sure the chandelier you choose has some kind of protection away from the lights so the branches don’t become a potential fire hazard.
* Add branches to a light at your own risk. *
3. Find a spot to hang the chandelier.
The elevated chandelier made adding branches easiest so you could work on all sides needed.
Stripping leaves off all the branches was first, then I started fiddling with bending the branches along the chandelier lines, not having a flip-flying clue what I was doing. Yet.
And then it started to rain.
4. Spray the chandelier the colour of choice you’d like to end up with before adding branches.
I wanted a white chandelier so I was good to continue.
No worries! I have a covered patio work station! Let’s continue… under the careful guidance of cat Teddy.
5. Bundle up the grapevine branches in one hand.
6. Slip the branches underneath the chandelier, using the table for that extra set of hands. (thanks rain, this was better!) Then fiddle around. Lots.
7. Tie twine around the mid section to attach the vines to the chandelier.
8. Bend the branches towards each light, following the lines of the chandelier.
9. Tie the branches to each light with the twine.
Take extra care to ensure the branches do not come in contact with any of the lights.
10. Applaud me for these amazing shots done with one hand. 😛
11. Trim the branches to how you’d like them to look. Much like a hair cut.
12. Spray the branches with wood spray paint in the colour of choice if desired.
Want a woodsy chandelier instead? Spray the chandelier a tone close to wood before adding branches so they blend into each other once branches are attached.
Isn’t this branch chandelier amazing?! The texture is mind-blowing!
But lets add a few more details in between the lights…
13. Use willow to swag more branches in between the lights, attach with twine, then spray paint.
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. It’s really ok to mix branches if you plan to paint them anyway!
14. Use willow branches or ? to wrap under each light to create a band for more detail. Spray if painting.
Simply wind around many times over, and wire them together where it won’t show. The extra detail really made a big difference. Spray one more time and you’re done!
Other chandelier tips:
a) Masking tape over bulb openings before painting. (oops)
b) After spraying, lightly distress with the edge of a stick to bring some paint off if you wish for a slightly distressed look.
c) Using frosted bulbs are easier on the eyes once the chandelier is lit.
d) Tweak the branches by simply pushing things here and there until it looks right.
The finished branch chandelier!
Isn’t it a beauty?!
I ended up hanging the branch chandelier above the kitchen island. It really popped against the woodsy kitchen cupboards!
And lit, what a vision! It’s positively dreamy! Love how the lights bounce off the texture of the branches.
It’s been awhile since I’ve had a working light above the kitchen island, so this was a real treat!
Here was the chandelier I saw in the gift shop that was a few hundred dollars. This is how it would look woodsy.
And here is my white branch chandelier version… made for absolutely free! Pretty cool, right?!
Now I’d like to try a woodsy one too! Stay tuned….
Think you’ll try to DIY a white branch chandelier too? Or would you try your hand at the woodsy type?
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