The V Spot

Rants, observations and home decorating from a woman with no time for a blog.

The Blue Twig Chandelier. (who knew?)

This is the project I did for last week’s One Month To Win It challenge. It gave me so many problems that I almost included a “rest in peace” wreath when I sent it off to the judges.

Shockingly, this project won for the week. (In spite of my son telling me it looked like a blue alien that might try to grab him…)

May I just start off by saying that I normally don’t have a tablecloth hanging from my patio cover, but I could not get my “Outdoor Craft” to show up in photos without creating a blank background of some kind.

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That being said, I made a Blue Twig Chandelier. As the weather gets warmer, it’s nice to be able to hang out on the patio, host brunches, etc. I like to pair the whimsical with the traditional when it comes to setting a table, so here we are.Gathering up sticks and branches, I spray painted them with Rustoleum’s Lagoon blue. When dry, I used 28 gauge wire and hot glue to make a base with the larger branches, then began to layer on the sticks. Once I had a shape that I liked, (and got the darn thing level) I wired on votive cups and used Hubby’s fishing line to hang little beads.
(Note to self: return his reel to the tackle box…)

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painted twig chandelier,stick chandelier, blue twigPin

I knew I wanted to do a chandelier for my challenge. I started several different chandys but couldn’t get it right. Once I got “blue sticks” in my head I couldn’t get them out. While this isn’t photographing very well, it does look pretty cool. (Also, because it took me so long to complete this, I wasn’t able to get a photo of it with the candles lit. Sorry.)

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And seriously: you do believe me when I say there usually isn’t a tablecloth hanging there, right? Right…?

Please head over to One Month To Win It to vote on the final challenge: Repurposing an article of clothing or an accessory.

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81 Comments

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Cherie said...

April 25, 2011 at 4:05 pm
I loved your chandelier. I can only imagine how much trouble it gave you.
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Simone @ Doberman's by the Sea said...

April 25, 2011 at 4:16 pm
Hey Viv, I;m your newest follower. Iheart the chandelier. Love the color,too. Cheers
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Prudently Painted Vintage said...

April 25, 2011 at 4:26 pm
I knew it! It really was the most appealing and creative project. Congrats on staying in the contest :)
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MiMi said...

April 25, 2011 at 4:39 pm
I love it. And I think the color is what really makes it. Really beautiful. Off to vote!
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Angie @ The Country Chic Cottage said...

April 25, 2011 at 4:48 pm
Congrats on final 3!! :) Gorgeous blue! :)
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Pam @ Our Adventures in Home Improvement said...

April 25, 2011 at 4:49 pm
I love the chandelier! It is so pretty. Great idea on using the tablecloth to get a good picture.

Have a great week!
Pam
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Johanson Family said...

April 25, 2011 at 4:51 pm
The fact that you came up with such a unique idea says a lot and I think it turned out great!! I always start to make something and think it looks like death and wish I never even photographed it-- but there's someone out there who will love it.. and this goes to show... you have more talent than you thought!! Looks like something out of a wedding magazine to me... off to go vote!! :) good luck!
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Kelly said...

April 25, 2011 at 5:02 pm
YEAH!!! Congrats!!! Love it!
xoxox
Kelly
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Shelley said...

April 25, 2011 at 5:09 pm
How gorgeous is that!!! And the votive holders... perfection :D
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She Made It Crafts said...

April 25, 2011 at 5:40 pm
So Great! Awesome job, I LOVE the blue that you chose!
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Cindy said...

April 25, 2011 at 5:44 pm
The blue looks wonderful with the white back drop, sweet idea!
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Lori E said...

April 25, 2011 at 6:14 pm
Loved it, voted for it. Very pretty. I don't have any trees near my house where I could hang it from and my patio isn't covered.
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Patricia L said...

April 25, 2011 at 6:17 pm
Very cool! I think the blue was a fantastic choice. Found you @ All Things Fee
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Marie C. said...

April 25, 2011 at 6:59 pm
This is so beautiful! You really have quite the talent!
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Good Time Charlie said...

April 25, 2011 at 7:09 pm
I think this one of the coolest twig projects I have seen. I LOVE the blue! I can see lots of happy summer parties out there. Enjoy!
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Rust-Oleum said...

April 25, 2011 at 7:32 pm
This is one of the coolest projects we've ever seen. Amazing job! Thank you so much for using Rust-Oleum to create such a creative chandelier :)

We love it so much, we just featured it on our Paint Ideas Facebook page as the project of the day.

facebook.com/paintideas

- Rust-Oleum Scott
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Alison said...

April 25, 2011 at 7:34 pm
I love it!!! And you added beads!? wow. So detailed and pretty and yet with a cool/modern flair to it! :)
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Connie said...

April 25, 2011 at 8:30 pm
That looks great! I'm thinking of making one for my patio...but I'm afraid the squirrels will think it's a swing for them to play on.

I thought that white sheet was a movie screen.
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Kelly said...

April 25, 2011 at 9:03 pm
Hey you! I was looking for your e-mail but no cigar..
I was wondering if you wanna blog swap or guest post?
xoox Kelly
http://runwithglitter.blogspot.com/
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FABBY'S LIVING said...

April 25, 2011 at 9:31 pm
Congrats...it's TERRIFIC your chandalier! So ingenious, just great! Love it...what a job!
Have a nice week.
FABBY
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Lauren @ My Wonderfully Made said...

April 25, 2011 at 9:32 pm
Wow! That LOOKS like it would do someone in! My hubby just rolls his eyes when I describe all of the 'ideas' rolling around in my head because he (like me) is wondering HOW they'll really turn out! THIS is amazing and no matter how trying it was to create - it is stunning!
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Butterflies & Seashells said...

April 25, 2011 at 10:25 pm
I love it! It is so cute.

Benita
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Tiff @ Making The World Cuter said...

April 25, 2011 at 10:48 pm
Ummm...you could sell those! That is awesome! I absolutely love it, and want one for myself. Great job as always!
Thanks for linking it up to my Making the World Cuter Monday-you are a rockstar!
hugs-
Tiff
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Cottage Touch said...

April 26, 2011 at 12:34 am
OMgosh so creative.
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Rebecca @ My Girlish Whims said...

April 26, 2011 at 12:41 am
woah, very cool looking!! :)
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Korrie@RedHenHome said...

April 26, 2011 at 2:04 am
Oh, this is so cool! Beautiful job.
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Amy said...

April 26, 2011 at 2:07 am
I LOVE it!!! It makes such a great statement!
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Tiaras & Bow Ties said...

April 26, 2011 at 2:33 am
I like the big blue alien! Very creative idea. Im glad you didn't give up on it
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Maridith @ Strictly Homemade said...

April 26, 2011 at 3:22 am
I knew it!! Looks great. Good luck in the final round!!
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Journey11 said...

April 26, 2011 at 3:28 am
I love this! This is definitely going on my to-do list. :)
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Cherished Bliss said...

April 26, 2011 at 4:53 am
Saw this on one month to win it! Absolutely stunning! I would love to have you link up at my party!

www.cherishedbliss.com
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Lauren @ 31diy said...

April 26, 2011 at 7:30 am
This is gorgeous! I love the color!
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My Creative Intuitions said...

April 26, 2011 at 11:13 am
This is really such a cool idea!! I LOVE the blue! I sure hope it doesn't turn into an alien and grab any of you lol! I think its to pretty to turn into an alien! Thank you for linking up to my first link party! =)
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Maddie Kertay- The Domestic Anarchist said...

April 26, 2011 at 12:38 pm
I knew it was yours.. and I voted for it .. I feel special :)

and it has inspired me to think about my own for my outdoor dining area that I am suppose to be doing ( keeping losing my mojo for this project) .. I have atad concern about fire saftey so might use the little faux ( so much nicer than fake) tea lights or candles... still pondering.. Thanks for the inspiration!

Maddie- already voted this week too :)
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nataly said...

April 26, 2011 at 5:37 pm
You did an awesome job!That aqua color with the crystals is amazing. I’m your newest follower from Creative Bloggers Hop. Please follow http://sweetcalifornialiving.blogspot.com/
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Faith, Trust, and a Little Pixie Dust said...

April 26, 2011 at 9:42 pm
Wow, this is so creative & fun. The bold blue color really makes it. AND thanks for being honest when a project is difficult--it makes us all feel human when we think of projects that weren't easy!

Warmly, Michelle
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Lori@KitchenFunk said...

April 26, 2011 at 9:42 pm
This is gorgeous - what a fun, creative idea!! ~Lori
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Lori@KitchenFunk said...

April 26, 2011 at 9:45 pm
I have to comment a second time because I see a STICK theme going on! - I collect sticks and I have only found one other person who collects them like I do... I'm going to have to follow your blog for all your great uses for sticks! ;-) ~Lori
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Andrea . Charcoal and crayons said...

April 27, 2011 at 2:38 am
I think it looks great! Love the shade of blue too.
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About Vintage French Hen said...

April 27, 2011 at 6:07 am
Perfect outdoor chandelier for outdoor entertaining! Beautiful! Marcia
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Kindra-At Home With K said...

April 27, 2011 at 12:42 pm
I love the blue chandy!! I think it looks wonderful in your outdoor living space! It will be so pretty at night all lit up!

Thanks so much for linking up to Terrific Under Ten!
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Kindra-At Home With K said...

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Tammy @ Type A said...

April 27, 2011 at 12:51 pm
very cool, looks great. thanks for sharing this at my party!
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Handy Man, Crafty Woman said...

April 27, 2011 at 2:43 pm
That's a great blue color! Love it.
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By the Bluegrass said...

April 27, 2011 at 4:20 pm
Such a perfect chandelier for an outside space! Nothing good comes easy... obviously! ;)
xo,
Sena
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Carolyn@SweetChaos said...

April 27, 2011 at 10:58 pm
I think this is so cool! My neighbor has a tree that hangs perfectly above her outdoor dining table and she hangs votives from it. I thought I'd have to plant a tree to copy the look, but I guess I can just gather some branches and create a chandelier! Thanks for the inspiration :)
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Jessica @ Sunny Tuesday said...

April 28, 2011 at 12:02 am
I think your chandelier looks amazing! :)
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Nicole@Thrifty Decorating said...

April 28, 2011 at 12:52 am
That is beautiful! Great job!! Thanks for linking! :)
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SJ @ Homemaker On A Dime said...

April 28, 2011 at 4:43 am
This kind of chandelier is the IN thing right now :) Great job! Really appreciate you sharing this great post with us at the Creative Bloggers' Party & Hop.
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Katrine Joy said...

April 28, 2011 at 10:00 am
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Kristen said...

April 28, 2011 at 2:34 pm
I love it! I just finished painting a big branch and putting it in my living room and it also gave me a TON of trouble!
http://decoratingdiy.blogspot.com/2011/04/its-bird-its-plane-its-abranch.html

Kristen
Turning a House into a Home
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At The Picket Fence said...

April 29, 2011 at 2:42 am
Vivienne you are so hilarious! I love that you wanted to put a "rest in peace" sign on it but I think it turned out just fabulous! I seriously cracked up about your son saying it looked like an alien though. :-) Thanks so much for linking up another fantastic project to our Inspiration Friday party! We always love having you join in the fun!
Vanessa
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alison said...

April 29, 2011 at 7:55 pm
i love how this turned out...the shade of blue is a perfect pop of color against the white decor you have...i was just out walking last night and saw some blown branches and now i can go gather them to make my own chandy...thanks for sharing at fridays unfolded!

alison
stuff and nonsense
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Stephanie said...

April 29, 2011 at 9:34 pm
Wow, this is great! I love the color. Super creative.

-Stephanie
henry  happened
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Screaming Sardine said...

April 30, 2011 at 1:43 am
Wow, I love this! I love the blue and I love the idea. I'm so glad you didn't give up on the project because it turned out beautifully.

You're more than welcome to link up at the Sunburnt Cow link party.

Cheers,
Tracy All Thumbs Crafts
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Amanda K @ Every Creative Endeavor said...

April 30, 2011 at 2:37 am
What a fun idea! I love the blue!
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Courtney ~ French Country Cottage said...

April 30, 2011 at 3:42 am
It looks amazing Viv!! I love it- the pop of color is gorgeous- what a great idea! Thanks for sharing at FNF! :)
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Lolly Jane said...

April 30, 2011 at 4:45 am
a blue alien?-that's what you get for living in a house full of boys! ah ha HAH!!

love it! thanks for linkin up!! xoxo
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Jami said...

April 30, 2011 at 8:01 pm
I see why you won! Its FAB-U-LOUS!!! I'm so glad you linked it to the Tuesday To Do party! Can't wait to see what lovely you post next!
smiles!
Jami
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Green Gracie Home said...

May 1, 2011 at 10:49 am
That is just so cool! I love the blue and I can't imagine the work you put into it. Just fabulous!
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Kristi @ Addicted 2 Decorating said...

May 1, 2011 at 2:49 pm
That's pretty darn amazing! I love the idea of using twigs like that, but the color is GORGEOUS!! I think it would have been really pretty left natural, or painted white, but that blue color REALLY takes it up a few notches, and takes it from pretty to WOW!!
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Southern Fried Gal said...

May 1, 2011 at 5:33 pm
I can see why it won - it's super cute! Congratulations and thanks for sharing.
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Kei said...

May 1, 2011 at 5:45 pm
What a lovely idea! Natural, chic and funky!
Congratulations on your win!
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NYCLQ said...

May 2, 2011 at 12:35 pm
OMG! This looks frickin' A-MAZING!!! I usually change up our chandy for Christmas, but I have been wanting to change it for summer to something beachy... This may be just the inspiration I needed! Thanks for sharing!! I LOVE IT!

YOU ROCK GIRL!
xo Lynda
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Sheer Serendipity said...

May 2, 2011 at 4:38 pm
I love to incorporate twigs and branches in my decor. Your chandelier is just fabulous, natural and funky!
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Rita @ TesoroFino.com said...

May 2, 2011 at 9:34 pm
Now that's being creative!
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Agy said...

May 3, 2011 at 1:52 pm
Brilliant!
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Kim @ Savvy Southern Style said...

May 3, 2011 at 2:38 pm
You are so smart. What a great idea. Thanks for sharing it at WUW.
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Nicole@Thrifty Decorating said...

May 4, 2011 at 7:59 pm
I'm featuring your chandelier this week at Thrifty Thursday! :)
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Crystal said...

May 5, 2011 at 8:02 pm
Its so pretty. I love the blue.
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Beverly @ FlamingoToes.com said...

May 6, 2011 at 11:24 pm
Love the chandelier Vivienne!! I featured you today - http://www.flamingotoes.com/2011/05/crush-of-the-week-think-pink-features-5/
Hope you have a fabulous weekend!
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Jenn @ Frugal Upstate said...

May 11, 2011 at 3:57 pm
I love this idea! I can just see one in red hung on my porch. . .problem is I can also see my hubs rolling his eyes at me. He's not quite as adventuresome as I am. . .
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The DIY Show Off said...

May 12, 2011 at 12:58 am
It's gorgeous! I love it! Thank you so much for sharing in the DIY Project Parade! I'm including a link back in tomorrow's highlights! ;)

Roeshel
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Maridith @ Strictly Homemade said...

May 12, 2011 at 1:02 am
Hey girl! The chandelier is taking over blogland!! Love it. Hope you are doing well. What crafts have you been up to this week???
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Katie said...

May 12, 2011 at 12:45 pm
WOW! This is amazing and super easy to make! I'd love if you'd link up to Sew Woodsy!
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Corinna said...

May 12, 2011 at 1:43 pm
This is so unique and fabulous! Love it!
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Erin said...

May 14, 2011 at 11:39 am
Well, I think it's gorgeous and you always amaze me, and this is a chandi that I can(try to)make. Thanks Vivienne!
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Johnnie said...

June 7, 2011 at 7:04 pm
Great job Vivienne!
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iram said...

June 8, 2011 at 4:13 am
this is soooooo beautiful

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