Saturday, 30 August 2014

Stick & Tied

Stray wooden sticks, all tied up to make hanging lamps that’s very slick



A stroll through nature amidst the woods is so awe-inspiring. Every sight, every tree, every leaf, every stick has a story of its own to be told.

On one of our family picnics on the outskirts of Mumbai, my wife and I, withdrew ourselves into the woods. On our trail we found these stray sticks in abundance lying all over the ground. These sticks were long, slender, smooth & beautifully curved. Instantly our eyes twinkled (thinking but obviously of up-cycling them) and we gathered as many as we could.

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We tried quite a few combinations to make the best looking stick structure. I wanted to play with the gorgeous natural curves of the stick. So eventually a curved pyramid was what decided it to be as it looked absolutely stunning. And a hanging lamp made out of it would totally steal the deal!

We first made a hexagonal base by tying around wool in the center of 3 wooden sticks. After that we tied one-one stick to each of the 6 ends of the base. And finally, we tied the top of the loose standing sticks in the center, taking advantage of the stick curvatures. So what we got was a curved-up pyramid stick cage. We still had quite a few sticks left, so we made two of these.

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Once our structures were ready, to make the lamp we hanged a bulb through a transparent bottle and let it dangle within the stick cage. To add more texture to the lamp-fitting we wound around wool on the bottle (stain painting the bottle would also look brilliant)!

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So our stick & tied DIY lamp is ready to be hanged and light up our living spaces.
Who knew that the story of these sticks would have such a consequential & gorgeous end.

Make sure your home has enough natural light in the day and enough artificial light for the nights. Lighting up your homes is the best way to remove any gloom, and a well-lighted home is always more welcoming and more stimulating.