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Magical Twiggy Ceiling
about a dozen branches: 4-6 feet, birch, alder, beech, or any twiggy hardwood (that's a word, right?)
4 long branches for cross braces
screws or hooks
clear glass ornaments
These directions are for a ceiling with beams.
Measure the space between the beams, cut branches that are slightly longer. Have the pruners handy, you will have to trim branches as you go.
Attach four cross braces (two on either side of ceiling light) using screws or hooks and wire. On the fat end of the branch, we put the screw in through the branch and into the beam. On the skinny
end, we attached the screw to the beam and then wired it on. Make sure the cross braces are attached very securely.
Add the branches on either side of and facing the light. Cut off any shoots that grow up or down--you want the branches to lay as flat as possible. Weave the branches under one end of the cross brace and wire the other end in place. Keep adding branches, weaving them together until it looks nice and full. Cut off any twigs that are close to the light or that hang down too low. (My tall hubby always appreciates this). You will need a LOT of branches to fill a whole ceiling.
|my helper--kitties were SO big eyed and excited when all those branches came in the house|
Now add mini white lights--don't be stingy with the lights! I used three 100-light boxes and could have used one more. I ran a white extenstion cord up the side of the wall, across the ceiling (attaching it in place).
Again--you will need a lot. I used a variety of clear glass, irridescent clear glass and frosted, clear stars, balls, sprirals, and snowflakes. (Michaels is a good place to find these inexpensively).
Turn off all the other lights in the house and there you have it--MAGIC!
|my daughter, catching up on her Downton Abbey under the magic, twiggy lights|