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A Reader DIY How-To: Tree Branch Chandelier

updated May 9, 2019
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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

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– 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!