What’s not to love about an extravagant (and edible) DIY Chandelier?
Pair it with The Local’s ‘Songbird Sling,’ masterminded by Alec Spidalieri and you’ve got yourself a
star-studded [ & spangled ] recipe this July 4th Weekend!
FIRST WE WILL MAKE THE SUPPORT ROD
There are many materials one could use to construct this, based on what I had on hand, I chose to use a brass pilaster strip as you would use for mounting a shelving system to the wall and a 2×4 wooden beam.
(I recommend this as the slots are numbered!)
1. Start by centering the shelf pilaster strip on the wooden beam.
2. Nail the brass strip down to the 2×4, to support and balance the brass strip across the beam.
NOW PLOT-OUT WHERE TO HANG THE PINEAPPLES ALONG THE BEAM
3. If you chose to use a pilaster strip, the numbers can act as a guide. Or you can just eyeball it! Keep in mind how many pineapples you have and that your chandelier will need to be balanced.
4. Once you have selected your hanging points, wrap and tie the galvanized steel wire across the beam, choosing the length of the wire based upon how high or low you want each pineapple to hang.
Note: It can help to find a prop, in my case elephants from the dollar store to help you visualize the height and distance between each point.
NOW HANG THE PINEAPPLES!
5.With your hammer and nails tie a knot around the nail with the steel wire and hammer the nail into the crown of the pineapple. One this is secure, wrap the wire about 4 times around the circumference of the crown. And tie the knot down to the nail.
6. Starting with the center (important for balance); begin to fasten the pineapples across the support rod by removing your props and tying the dropped wire to the wrapped crown of the pineapples.
7. After you have 5 equally spaced and balanced pineapples on your beam… you can start to have fun with this! I recommend you varying the length of the second pineapple layer for the most visual impact!
ONE LAST THING…
To hang your tropical chandelier:
Choose something very strong (Like an outdoor dog harness!) and affix it to each end of your beam. You will be surprised at how heavy the chandelier is, so be sure to hang it from a strong support.
Photography: Bekah Imagery
Styling and Creative: Suz Somersall Team
Venue: The Local
Dress: Roberto Cavalli
Jewels: Suz Somersall
Florals: Nature Composed
Make-up: Tinsley Onuegbu
Hair: Lindsey Obergart
Rentals: MS Events
Models: Mary Hawkins + Sierra Reyes