No room for flowers on the table? No problem. String your blooms up above your head in a chic floral chandelier.
To make this floral chandelier, you need: • a hula hoop, green wire wreath frame or other circular shape • string or fishing line • green florist’s tape • flowers – used here: paeonies, red astrantias, Aquilegia ‘Nora Barlow’ and Scabiosa atropurpurea • an abundance of green leaves, e.g. jasmine, ivy, eucalyptus
1. Decide how big you want your paeony chandelier to be. If you want it double-layered, add another hoop and tie it 20-30cm above your first hoop. Attach string or fishing line for hanging. 2. Wrap foliage around the hoop. Do this a few times until you achieve the lavish effect you’re looking for. Allow some foliage to hang down. 3. Place the paeonies between the foliage and the hoop, and secure with tape where necessary. It looks good to position centred groups of 3 or 4 flowers and then leave some space between them. 4. Insert more foliage for an extra luxurious look. Design by funnyhowflowersdothat.co.uk.
Got some old incandescent light bulbs hanging around? Turn them into hanging vases. Because you're working with glass, use safety glasses in case of mishaps. Using tweezers or pliers, pry the small silver- or brass-coloured disc off the base of the bulb. Tap out the exposed black glass and discard. Carefully break the next layer of glass inside the bulb. Use tweezers or pliers to remove the inside of the bulb. Wrap with string to hang.
This gorgeous design was made by funnyhowflowersdothat.co.uk. Cut 80cm lengths of wool and tie them to an embroidery hoop. Tie a piece of string at the top for hanging. Wire flowers and attach to hoop.
HANG YOUR BLOOMS
Decorate an existing chandelier with flowers and wooden beads. Use fresh blooms such as roses, carnations, ranunculus and freesias.
Thread a needle with cotton and string carnations into hanging strands. Attach to the base of your chandelier. Wire separate flowers and attach these to the centre of the chandelier. String more flowers and attach them at the top. Make a "rope" of wooden beads and wrap this around the chandelier too.