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Actress Daniella Monet shows how to repurpose fruit and create a beautiful, festive, holiday chandelier.
DIY Botanical Chandelier
Level:
Intermediate
How-To:
Home Decor

MATERIALS:

  • Dried fruits or fruits for drying
  • Blood oranges
  • Limes
  • Pomegranates
  • Cinnamon sticks
  • Star of anise
  • Eucalyptus
  • Twine
  • Macrame hoop
  • Scissors
  • Floral wire
  • Wire snips
  • Hot glue gun and glue sticks
  • Optional if using pomegranates:
    • Drill
    • 1/8” drill bit
    • Tapestry needle

INSTRUCTIONS:

  1. If you are drying your own fruit, bake for 1½ to 5 hours at 225-degrees on a baking sheet. The time will depend on the fruit and how it’s cut, for instance a whole pomegranate will probably take a full 5 hours to dry out.
  2. Create the chandelier base. Tie two pieces of twine onto the hoop in a cross. Make sure they are pulled taut, and that the intersection of the cross is centered in the hoop. PRO TIP: The four sections created on the hoop by tying this are the blueprint for the symmetry of your design. Whatever you add on one section, add to the other three.
  3. Hang the chandelier base so you can work on it. Tie off another piece of twine to the cross-section, secure with hot glue. Hang.
  4. If using dried pomegranates, drill through the pomegranate about 2/3 of the way to the top so that they sit straight up, they will swing forward if you drill too far down on the fruit. PRO TIP: Make sure the pomegranates weight pretty much the same so the chandelier is balanced. Grab a food scale and use it if you have one!
  5. String through 4 pomegranates individually with twine and a tapestry needle. PRO TIP: Use red or burgundy twine to mask any stains from juice that may be left in the pomegranate.
  6. Hang the pomegranates off of the chandelier. Use hot glue to secure the knots in place at each edge of the section, to create a “v” shape with a pomegranate at the bottom point.
  7. Create the vertical strands. Decide on a pattern of fruit and spices on the strand and glue them on. Repeat three more times to create a total of 4 identical strands.
  8. Tie a strand off to the meeting point of each of the four sections.
  9. Cut pieces of eucalyptus and glue to the bottom of each vertical strand.
  10. Add the large hanging pieces of eucalyptus. Cut large sprigs of eucalyptus and use floral wire to attach to the hoop. Two per section to frame the pomegranate works nicely.
  11. Use orange and lime slices to cover the attachments to the hoop, the knots and floral wire.
  12. Hang in place and enjoy!

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