These grapevine lighting projects are a unique way to illuminate a dark corridor or hallway. They can also be used over a quaint dining area or as a decorative feature in your home.
Since I enjoy infusing organic elements into my designs, the marriage of grapevine with mini-lights just makes sense. A lit grapevine archway around a front door sparked this interior idea.
I was extremely pleased with the result of this stairway
lighting. This idea was both functional and artistic.
The original, flush-mount ceiling light was too harsh for this winding stairwell. Natural decor had been previously used in the downstairs rooms so it seemed fitting to incorporate it throughout the other levels of this townhome.
Want to create this decorative grapevine lighting?
You will need to purchase a coil of grapevine garland and brown wire miniature lights, as they blend in best with the grapevine.
Use a grapevine wreath as the framework or base from which the spiral will attach and hang. Be sure the wreath is large enough to fit around the circumference of the ceiling light. Connect the wide end of the spiral to the circumference of the wreath with paddle wire.
The higher the wire gauge, the more flexible and thin it becomes. You want a standard gauge that is sturdy enough to hold the weight of the grapevine lighting.
Besides paddle wire, you will also need a socket-to-outlet adapter (seen above).
Create attachment points to connect the wreath to the ceiling light's base.
Cut (3) pieces of paddle wire in lengths of two feet. You can always remove any excess wire after the project is hung so more is better.
Secure a piece of wire around the thickness of the wreath. Do this with all (3) pieces of wire, spacing them evenly around the circumference of the wreath. These 3 wires are what you will use to attach and suspend the finished product.
You will find it easier to attach your miniature lights by suspending the wreath and spiral prior to attaching it to the ceiling. I hung mine from nails hammered into over-head floor joists in a basement. You could also take it outside and suspend it from a clothes line for example.
Start attaching your lights at the bottom of the spiral with the non-plug end. Work up and around the spiral attaching
the lighting with small pieces of paddle wire or
ty-wraps occasionally if you like. Continue the lighting around the wreath.
I believe I used a 50-count light set for this particular project. Any excess lighting can be hidden in the globe for an extra decorative effect.
Note: You can use silver picture hanging wire instead of paddle wire for a more contemporary look.
This ceiling light is very similar to one I dealt with for this project.
SAFETY FIRST: BE SURE THE LIGHT SWITCH IS IN THE OFF POSITION!
Loosen the three screws around the light base and remove the glass globe.
This may be different depending on your light's design. Many flush mount lights have one central piece of hardware that attaches at the center of the globe which will need to be removed.
Remove the light bulb(s) and replaced it with the socket-to-outlet adapter. (above)
If you are dealing with a light similar to the one I used, you may need an extra pair of hands at this point. You will want to have someone hold the grapevine lighting up near the ceiling fixture as you plug the miniature lighting into the socket.
Take the globe, get it up near the fixture and place the extra miniature light wire inside the globe to conceal it.
Hold the globe in place and wind the holding screws back into place around the light base. Be sure the screws and globe are secure.
The wire for the miniature lights should be able to pass through the top of the globe without being totally pinched tight. There is usually enough free-play to accommodate the wire safely.
If you are concerned with this, do a pre-check. Place the wire into the globe and tighten it to check clearance before you even begin the project.
Wind the paddle wire around the protruding screws of the light's base to suspend it.
Be sure the light base is securely attached to the ceiling prior to doing this.
If you have lighting with a central piece of hardware that affixes the globe, you will want to get some type of hardware that you can hook over the top of the light's base (where it touches the ceiling).
A small s-hook such as the one above should work. Check your local hardware store for other creative solutions that may work better.
You may be able to do the project without a helper if you have this type of light.
Hook your s-hooks around the circumference of the light's base evenly.
You may need to slightly loosen the base from the ceiling to provide clearance for the hardware. Remember to retighten the base after the hardware is in place.
Attach the paddle wire suspension pieces from the grapevine wreath to the exposed portion of the s-hook. Secure all points and adjust the wires to make the spiral hang evenly.
Plug in the miniature lights and place the excess wire into the globe as you reattach it and secure it with the central hardware. Secure the globe with its center hardware.
The electrical wire will pass between the top of the globe and the base so tighten the central hardware accordingly to accommodate it. It should be secure but not pinching the wire too tightly.
Flip the light switch to ON and ENJOY your new decorative lighting feature!
Consider using grapevine lighting such as this in other areas of your home; perhaps a chandelier over a table or a unique light at a main entry.
To create some easy, decorative lighting, cut an opening in a large sized grapevine ball and place a 25-count of miniature lights inside.
Make sure the light switch is in the OFF position and remove the ceiling light globe and light bulb(s) and replace with a socket-to-outlet adapter as seen above.
Plug in the lights and attach the grapevine ball over the fixture as a replacement for the globe.
You may also just place the globe back on with the miniature lights inside it and cut an "X-shape" in the top of the grapevine ball and slide it over the globe itself (depending on the globe's shape and size.
Nice, subtle ambience achieved.
I actually used this idea in a main foyer. This grapevine lighting, visible through the transom above the front door, had the neighbors inquiring about it and commenting positively.
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