Antler Chandelier Tutorial

Antler chandeliers are favorites of wildlife enthusiasts and fashionistas alike.

Deer antlers inspire chandelier designs.Deer antlers inspire chandelier designs.
Because deer shed their antlers each year, they are not difficult to find. And antlers are naturally hollow, making them natural candidates for concealing wiring. Consider where you intend to hang your antler chandelier to determine its size and the length of the chain you will need to suspend it from the ceiling. Install a dimmer to create a warm lodge-like feeling in a bedroom or spray-paint your antler chandelier hot pink for a humorous dining room conversation piece.

Clean the antlers using oil soap.

Seal the antlers with polyurethane using a clean rag.

Drill a hole through the point of every antler. This is where the bulbs will go.

Arrange the antlers in a design that pleases you. Examine the arrangement from every side to be sure it looks balanced.

Screw the antlers together to secure your design. Attach a screwdriver drill bit to an electrical drill. Drill a screw through two antlers where they meet. Repeat this with each antler until the chandelier feels secure, with no loose antlers.

Run the wiring from the chandelier kit through the antlers so that the bulbs emerge through each antler tip.

Fill the screw holes and the holes where you inserted the wiring with wood- or antler-patching clay.

Screw a large metal hook into the top of the chandelier. Loop the chain over the hook so that you can suspend the lamp from the ceiling.

Install a ceiling lamp suspension kit into your ceiling following the package instructions so that you can securely hang your antler chandelier.

Things You Will Need

  • Antlers
  • Oil soap
  • Polyurethane
  • Clean rag
  • Drill
  • Screws
  • Wood- or antler-patching clay
  • Chandelier lighting kit
  • Large metal hook with screw end
  • Chain
  • Ceiling lamp suspension kit

About the Author

Fossette Allane has been writing about health, food and style since 1997. Her work has been published in newspapers and journals including "The Boston Phoenix" and "FENCE" and on various blogs. She is a licensed clinical social worker with a master's degree from Hunter College and a Bachelor of Arts in theater from Oberlin College. Allane teaches health and wellness to undergraduates.