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One of Boontje's best known commercial pieces in this beautiful Garland Light. If you have visited a museum gift shop in the last 4 years, you have probably seen one in person. They usually retail for around $100.00, which is surprisingly affordable considering all the awards its won, but still, I knew I could make one for less. Actually, $97 less.
Yup, this light cost exactly $3.00 and all materials can be purchased from the dollar store, or in my case, Ikea.
- $1.00, string of white twinkle lights (50 bulbs)
- $2.00, two wire garlands (5 yards each, 30' total)
- Free, one wire coat hanger (I like the skinny white ones)
- Free, dental floss or thread to hang
No tutorial here. It came on me like a bolt of thunder and I didn't bother to document along the way. It's just as well because it is SO EASY. This is one project that would be hard to mess up, but just in case, I'll break it down.
- Disassemble your wire coat hanger and wrap it around an old vase or pot, forming a very loose cylindrical shape.
- Cut your wire garland into 20" stretches, bending them in half and twisting onto the coat hanger. Repeat.
- Hang your twinkle lights down the center of the cylinder, occasionally using the garland to twist and shape it to the coat hanger.
- Curl the ends of the wire around the neck of an old bottle.
You know, I made this as a Xmas decoration, but I like it so much that it might stay up all year round. Or what about using colored metallic garland as a New Years party chandelier? Or what about making a pink one for a little girl's room? Or what about one big magnificent ball of collected garlands hanging in your powder room?...You could add to it as years go by and eventually people would start giving you gifts just so they could wrap the box in wire garland and contribute to the fun!
You see, it's not just a party chandelier, it's the gift that keeps on giving!
The white leaf garland above came from Ikea and retails for 49cents a bolt, year round. If I get my act together and get back to Ikea, I might just make this lamp a twin sister and hang them on either side on the bed. Or what about three of them hanging above a long, rectangular dining table? Oops, I better get a long rectangular dining room first :)
* sadly, in the realm of "living artists" --the painting cat does not count.
UPDATE 12/17/10: several people asked me to clarify some points on this project. Apparently it's a little more confusing than I thought. I didn't have time to recreate from scratch, but I took some photos that might help illustrate the process...
Note: As I have had this piece for a few weeks, I have seen it in the day often enough to realize it really doesn't "need" lights at all. It's pretty cool as a simple decorative object all by itself.