We’ve told you all about our holiday party table setup, from Marianne’s gutter centerpiece to Deanne’s rustic-chic place card holders to Dan’s handmade farmhouse benches. But have you looked up yet? When you do, you’ll see one of my favorite projects from the whole party: A chandelier fashioned from a plain old branch and beautiful dried flowers.
Here’s a peek at the finished product if you’ve missed it so far:
I love how it started as, well, a branch (specifically, a drifter that landed on Marianne’s porch) and, with a little embellishment, became something gorgeous. It’s also an affordable holiday update — the branch is free, the other materials inexpensive — that can last throughout the holiday season. Want to make your own at home? I’ve got you covered. Read on.
The first step: Find the right branch. Find one that’s lightweight and relatively dry, but not brittle. For an 8-foot dining table, we used a branch that spanned about six feet. Look for a piece with several smaller limbs that branch out relatively quickly. Once you find “the one,” give it a dusting with spray paint in the color of your choice — I used white, but any metallic hue would look fantastic, too.
Next, let’s talk flowers. We used dried celosia from a local farmer (try local flower farms, florists or online sources) to give this chandelier its vibrant plum hue. Using just one type of flower keeps this piece simple enough that it doesn’t compete with the rest of the table setting.
To assemble the chandelier, cut the stem of each flower about 1 inch from the bloom using garden clippers. Tie on a length of green embroidery floss. Then, cover the end of the flower stem with a layer of floral tape to create a stem-like look.
We hung the branch with removable hooks and fishing line before tying on the flowers at different heights. Here’s how the chandelier looks with its friends on the dining table:
Next week, come back for our tips to set up a holiday bar — perfect for Thanksgiving gatherings, too!
We’ve teamed up with our friends over at DIYNetwork.com’s Made + Remade to throw a holiday party, and you’re invited!
Follow along as we craft the party decor, set the holiday table and cook up the menu. Along the way, you’ll get the step-by-step instructions and tips to throw a great party in your home. Catch up on all the posts here.