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DIY Outdoor Wire Chandelier

24 Jul

Chels and I were perusing some stores the other day and free people had these amazingly, unexpected chandeliers hanging all over the store.  We started really looking at them and realized they could be easily made.  Since I’ve been working on my outdoor space little by little, I thought this would be a fantastic addition to that area.  I found this chandelier to be the perfect mixture of delicate and interesting.  This DIY is made of things that are subject to change depending on your taste but the staple things I needed were:

Wire (I used jewelry wire because I liked how thin it was)
Hot glue
String or fishing wire to hang
Floral arrangements and/or Beads, Feathers, etc.

I picked these two pieces out of the floral section of the local art store.

I cut the flower heads off of the bundle with about an inch of stem.  I then twisted the wire around the remaining stem and placed hot glue along the stem and wire.  I spread the flowers out evenly.

I then went through and twisted the jewels (which I cut with about 2-3 inches of string so they could dangle at different lengths) in between the flower sections.

The wire started out coiled so I pulled it apart so it was this sort of whimsical twist.

I twisted the two ends of the wire together and hung it from the post of my overhang.

This took maybe 10-15 minutes at most after collecting the pieces to create this outdoor chandelier.  I love it and when the weather starts to turn, I’ll just bring it inside and hang it somewhere inside 🙂

Comment with any questions and I’d be glad to help!

Bringing the outdoors indoors??

26 Jul

When I found my very first place on my own in June, I fell in love.  The possibilities of having space that was just mine delighted me.  It was by very random/lucky circumstances that I found my place, too.  This has been a big year for me and it seems that pieces are falling in all the right places.  Over the next month or two, I’m slowly going to unveil some of the attributes that I think are really neat about my new place!  The things I’m going to share will be contributions from me and many others.

I’d like to dedicate this first one to my new fabulous landlord who has an amazing eye for interesting, beautiful, and practical home decor pieces.  Besides for building a closet to die for, which I will unveil soon, she added these wonderful wall lanterns to the sides of my closet.  I love them because they are VERY practical, contributing all the living area light, and give the feel that you are in a very nice outdoor space.

Here’s one of the two lanterns that hang on both sides of my closet.

Another view of the lanterns.

   The set up!  My closet is the centerpiece and my mini-office/blogging station 🙂 is the mess on the right.  I haven’t found a place for my standing lamp but I haven’t had any use for it with these wonderful wall lanterns!  They really brighten up the room and give it a great vibe.

I just think they are the cutest asset.  Why go with a plain standing lamp like the one I had chosen?  Save space while using cool lanterns that you could probably pick up in GREAT shape at a garage sale or flea market.  There are so many classic styles, too.  Yes they are just lanterns but they grabbed my eye and deserved my first home decor post from my first space that is only mine 🙂