A Reader DIY How-To: Tree Branch Chandelier
Very impressive. Kevin sent us in this photo of a Tree Branch Chandelier that he made himself for under $35. Inspired by a recent Met Home spread and some available Eucalyptus branches, he put the project together quite creatively…
Here is how Kevin describes the process:
– Chose the branches I liked
– Cleaned them up by removing all the little twigs that werent attractive
pulled of any loose bark
– Placed the branches on my dining table so that when I stacked them I could do it to match the table, and the bottom was “flat” when it was hung
– Screwed the branches together – first drilled a pilot hole – and used small “bullet” head wood screws
– Bought some lamp cord, small candelabra sockets, some 1/4 IP nipple, and a light canopy at Cliff’s Variety hardware store here in SF (any good hardware store would have the parts)
– Drilled a shallow hole a little smaller than the 1/4 IP nipple and twisted them in to the hole
– Wired the all the candelbra sockets together (“daisy chained”) and screwed them onto the nipples
– Covered the sockets with plastic candelabra “candle” covers
– Suspended the whole thing using thin plastic-coated cable….the hanging wires were passed through 2 small pulleys and attached to the light in four places so I could balance it back and forth to get it level.
– Ran the electrical to a canopy I bought…connected to the “daisy chain” on the lamp with small wire nuts, and hung it up
The whole thing cost me $35 in lamp parts from my local hardware store and about a couple of hours to make!
We think it looks amazing – nice job, Kevin and congrats on the new chandelier!