Branch Chandelier from Olive and Cocoa
Autumn decor is typically thought of as pumpkins, acorns, leaves and ears of corn. Branches are plentiful throughout the season and have also become a hot commodity in the home. Looking for an organic accent? Try a branch chandelier.
- Natural branch(es)
- 1 1-/2″- 2″ Thick Fabric Ribbon
- Wall Hooks
1.) Outdoor Shopping- Rather than spend money purchasing branches, head outside for free shopping! The fall season is the best time to find miscellaneous debris. Be sure to choose branches that are thick and sturdy so they won’t snap. If you want your centerpiece to have more dimension, use pieces with multiple branch arms. Once you have chosen your branch(es), head straight to the tub (or kitchen sink) to wash it with water. After all, you don’t want any unexpected visitors.
2.) The Arrangement- Arrange your branch(es) so the individual arms are facing out. If using more than one branch, bind them with rope or twine. You can customize the width of the centerpiece by keeping the branches closer to the center (smaller centerpiece). For a larger design, space out the branches or use multiple pieces.
3.) Ties That Bind- The final step is to create the line necessary to hang the unit. Using sturdy pieces of twine or rope, tie a knot around the center of the branch’s base (thickest part). Repeat this step on another branch. To anchor the chandelier, find 1-3 durable twigs that can be tied. This will help prevent a lop-sided design.
For a more formal look, use fabric ribbon. Before hanging the centerpiece, stand ontop of a dining room chair and allow the piece to dangle from your hand (hold the twine/ribbon). If the unit feels sturdy, install wall hooks to hang the piece from the ceiling.
Tips & Warnings
- While you don’t want a flimsy branch, you don’t want a heavy one either. Stay away from weighty branches that will be hard to hang
- If your chandelier does not feel sturdy, try binding more branches for extra security