How To: Make a Tord Boontje-Inspired Garland Light (for $3.00 and in under 10 minutes)

created at: 12/20/2010

Tord Boontje is a Dutch designer famous for his intricate, elegant cut designs, and one of Peaches’ favorite artists. She says, “One of Boontje’s best known commercial pieces in this beautiful Garland Light. If you have visited a museum gift shop in the last 4 years, you have probably seen one in person. They usually retail for around $100.00, which is surprisingly affordable considering all the awards its won, but still, I knew I could make one for less. Continue Reading

Make Aunt Peaches’ Straw Cluster Chandelier

Aunt Peaches’ Straw Cluster Chandelier gives Tord Boontje’s chandeliers a run for their money, IMO. And, get this, it only cost her $2.50  (+ light source) to make. The materials are minimal and include…

  • one bolt of 24-gauge wire
  • 120 drinking straws
  • 1 yard of 10-gauge wire (Aunt Peaches says you can also use an old wire lamp shade or heavy-gauge wire coat hanger instead)
  • 3 to 5 hours of your time

Skip on over to Design*Sponge for the entire tutorial.

Tell me how to cut glass!!!

Recycled Drinking Glasses by Emma Woffenden and Tord BoontjeTransglass Carafe

I have one of those ‘craft’ bottle cutters–the kind with the wheel-y cutter and tapper deal. For cutting a straight line on a regular bottle, it works fine. Well not fine, but it does cut. What I wanna do it cut necks of bottles both straight and wonky like the bottles pictured here. These particular examples are from Emma Woffenden and Tord Boontje, and they aren’t cheap, considering where they came from originally: the recycling bin. Continue Reading