I know, I know… I should have put a bird on it. After all, what goes better with branches and nests? The final result of this project was definitely not what I set out to create but it definitely is
weird unique. I bought the lamp for $3 at the swap meet and pulled the manzanita branches out of the garbage at work. The lamp looked to be oxidized brass and the branches were unfinished/natural.
I wired the branches to the harp with some thin gauge wire. The harp is the piece of the lamp that goes up and around the bulb to hold the shade. I gave the lamp and branches a coat of bright green glossy paint, taking care to fill up the light bulb socket with paper to make sure the paint didn’t get in there. I didn’t have a suitable shade so I created a web of paper strips and glued them together to create a shade. The shade was inspired by a bird nest. It seemed appropriate given the context. Here’s how it turned out.
And here’s a close up of the shade.
If I were to do this again I would finesse the shade some to make it a little more like a nest. I still might do that, but for now I’m happy with the final product.
As always, if you have any questions on how I did this or need advice on making your own, just holler! Thanks for reading and remember, today’s ideas become tomorrow realities.