We love this DIY from the Nettleton Hollow blog. This light, which closely resembles the Bertjan Pot's Random lamp from Moooi, is made entirely of branches.
When soaked in water for a few hours, Mitsumata branches
become as pliable as rubber. For this project once the branches had been soaked, they were molded around a balloon to create this fantastic light fixture.
- The amount of Mitsumata branches needed depends on the size of the light desired. For the light in the photo estimate about 8 to 10 bundles of the 3-4' size (you could make a light of a smaller diameter using less materials) To double-check the amount, contact Nettleton Hollow before ordering.
- Soak the Mitsumata for a few hours
- Use a balloon as a mold
- Use wire to secure the branches around the balloon mold.
- Let the branches dry, then deflate the balloon.
This project is only one of many branch-related projects on the Nettleton Hollow blog.
There's also suggestions for centerpieces, candle holders, and grass arrangements.