Did you know chandeliers occur in nature? Thanks to the Fibonacci sequence you can easily find dead twigs and tumbleweeds with graduated tiers resembling a chandelier. With a little love and some tweaking you can easily have a sexy centerpiece to grace your dining room. Layer on some string LEDs and you've got a low energy light source as well!
Step 1: Tumbleweed Shopping
The best places I've found to go tumbleweed shopping are desolate fields such as the dairy land near my folks' house pictured below.
Step 2: Score!
The perfect dead plant has been found! The deader the better and this one looks like some sort of hybrid between a tumbleweed and tree branch. It was pretty light and hollow feeling, so I'm guessing it was a bush at one point.
I gathered a few different kinds to have the best selection. Most tumbleweeds have leafy remnants and spiky protrubances that could require more cleanup work, so I suggest finding the smoothest one possible with the least bugs living in it.
Step 3: Cleanup
Now it's time to tidy up your tumbleweed! I sprayed it down with a compressed air hose to get all the dust and bugs off. If you don't have a compressed air generator, you can buy cans of compressed air at an office supply store. Or you can skip this step if you don't care about dust and dirt.
Next I snap off any unruly branches that jeopardize the overall shape. The bottom has an extra long stem so I took a little hand saw and cut it down.