How to Make a Rustic Outdoor Chandelier
Turn your prunings into a twinkling garden chandelier
If your gardening to-do list includes pruning deciduous shrubs and trees, consider recycling some of the clippings to make a natural chandelier like the one pictured here. Gather plenty of long, pliable branches from plants with soft wood, such as wisteria, stone fruit trees, or elderberry (pictured). Then bend them to form a hoop, fasten them together with floral wire, and festoon them with string lights.
You can hang the chandelier right away, or allow it to dry completely before adding the lights; drying before hanging cuts the weight in half. We stored our hoop on top of a garden shed for three months before debuting it in the garden.
- From your garden: Pliable branches (we used 40), each about 1⁄2-inch thick and 4 to 5 feet long.
- From a crafts store: Heavy gauge floral wire and globe lights
- From a hardware store: Nylon rope, S-hook, cable ties, and extension cord.