Since I’m remodeling a place up in Big Bear, it’s fun to think outside the box for lighting…and antlers are definitely outside the box.
They can be such a great talking point for your home and also double as a wonderful art piece. I’ve made these in the past and I ALWAYS use deer antler sheds. This means the antlers are collected from when the deer sheds them naturally each season.
Now a typical antler chandelier can cost you a few thousand dollars in the retail stores. I have seen them range from $3000 – $35,000 but I’m going to show you how to make your own for under $100. Mine may not be as fancy as some that you find in stores, but it will sure help the bank account!
You Will Need:
- Antler sheds (these can be found on eBay…just make sure you are buying “sheds” instead of just antlers…)
- An old (or new) chandelier to convert (we found ours at a thrift store)
- Hot glue gun with glue sticks
- Spray paint (optional)
- Tiny lamp shades (optional)
- Embellishments (optional)
- Clean your antlers and arrange them on a table so that you see all of the pieces you are working with.
- Clean your chandelier and decide if you want to paint it now, or paint the entire chandelier when it’s completed.
- Arrange your antlers around your chandelier and hot glue the antlers into place. You can also use fishing wire to secure the antlers into place.
- If you would like to paint the entire structure, do so now with spray paint and allow it to dry.
- Add any optional embellishments. As well as your chosen lamp shades and voila!
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