An antler chandelier is a great way to add some nature to your home, cabin in the woods or an apartment, especially with a rustic design. Every year the bucks grow and shed their antlers, which allows making the chandelier without hunting, hurting or killing the deer. Besides it will save you tons of money.
What you’ll need:
- Deer antlers of about the same size
- Oil soap
- Polyurethane clear coat spray
- Chandelier wiring kit
- Light bulbs
- Chain and anchor
What you do:
Take the deer antlers and clean them with an oil soap.
Dry them out and apply a couple of coats of polyurethane spray. Let the first coat dry before applying the next one. This will increase the life of the antlers.
Decide where you are going to place the lights. Drill one hole at the top of each chosen for the light antler. Place the bulb sockets. These will be the bases for the light bulbs.
Drill more holes through the antlers to pass the wiring.
String the wiring through these little holes up to the top holes for light bulbs and arrange the antlers into circle. When the desired shape is ready, tighten the wire and twist the ends together (you may use additional rubber band or wire to stack the antlers together if necessary).
Note: instead of drilling the holes for wiring you can take an ordinary chandelier, take the lampshades off and arrange the antlers round the chandelier (see the pic. below).
Screw the light bulbs into the sockets.
Attach an anchor and a chain to the very top of the chandelier and hang it.
The uniqueness of the chandelier is guaranteed by the nature itself, as there is no repeated design of the antlers.