Intro: Hanging Flowers With Vintage Lights
If you love nature and interiors design, this project is for you!
The nature is a source of inspiration, isn't it? One of the features of nature I love the most is the way the forests combine so many types of greens and textures creating an unorganized but perfect landscape. I also admire wisteria and other trees that look like a dream come true.
Well... I have good news for you! You can create that same effect at your home and combine it with Edison bulb lights to bring a natural and warm atmosphere. You can even use this project to decorate an event.
Your guests will love it!
Step 1: Gather the Materials
A. For the structure:
- 7 PVC pipes of 1.50m / ¾”
- 4 pcs 90° elbows
- 2 pcs equal tee
- A square of 3.5 m x 2 meters of 3/4 Inch Galvanized Hex Mesh
- PVC glue
- Foliage and flowers (around 40 cm long)
Tools: cutting pliers
B. For the lights circuit:
- 40 m of wire SVT-B 18/2 / SPT-2 18/2
- Plug adapter
- 25 sockets
- 25 edison bulbs
Tools: Wire stripper, screwdriver
Step 2: Design the Structure
The size of the structure will depend on the place where you will hang it. In this case, it is 3 meters x 1.5 meters and will hang over an open space with a height of 6 meters.
Step 3: Measure the PVC Pipes
Using the design as a guide, cut the PVC pipes
Step 4: Join Pipes
Join the PVC pipes with the help of glue (specialized PVC glue). Hold pipe with elbow for 30 seconds and wait 15 minutes before continuing with the process. Repeat for each of the elbows and tees.
Step 5: Place Galvanized Hex Mesh Over PVC Structure
Place the galvanized hexagonal mesh over the structure. Make sure that it covers all sizes + 10 cm.
Step 6: Cut Wire, Tie Mesh to PVC Structure
Start from the side of the mesh that is finished (has no pointed wire). Roll it in the PVC pipe, use the wire to "sew" the mesh.
Step 7: Repeat, Be Careful With the Pointed Mesh
Repeat the process for the rest of the structure. When you get to the side of the mesh that is pointed use a pair of pliers to twist the ends and avoid accidents. Continue holding the PVC with the mesh with the wire.
Step 8: Design the Light Installation
Draw the light installation considering the length of the main wire as well as the individual wires (where the bulbs will be hanging). Most Edison bulbs are 40 volts, you need to check that your electric installation supports more that 1,000 watts.
Step 9: Cut the Wire
Cut the wire in the size you determined in the installation design.
Cut the end of the individual wires, use a wire stripper to keep copper ends visible.
Step 10: Link Individual Wires With Main Wire
To link each individual wires with the main wire you need to use the wire stripper in the main wire, let the copper part visible and join each one with the ends of the individual wire. Twist the cables. secure the installation with insulating tape.
Step 11: Install Plug Adapter
After joining all individual wires with the main one, install the plug adapter in the end of the main wire.
To do so, open the cover of the plug adapter, take the screws out, twist the copper cable in each side, fasten it, close the plug adapter.
Step 12: Assemble Lights in PVC Structure
Take each individual wire through the mesh. Add the socket.
Step 13: Add Foliage and Flowers
The funniest part is to take all the foliage and flowers and start covering the mesh structure.
Start with the foliage, pass it through the mesh in several points so that it does not fall down. Repeat until the mesh is not visible. Add the flowers.
Step 14: Add Bulbs
Add bulbs in each socket.
Step 15: Hang It and Enjoy!
Use a strong rope to hang the structure from the ceiling.
Plug the lights on and enjoy!
You will love the effect you get when you combine natural elements with the beautiful amber color of the Edison bulbs.
Don't worry about the time, the foliage and flowers will dehydrate, they will turn brown but will still look amazing. If you want to keep it green always you can use faux flowers.