Paeony chan­de­lier

No room for flow­ers on the ta­ble? No prob­lem. String your blooms up above your head in a chic flo­ral chan­de­lier.

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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

DIY CHAN­DE­LIER

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.

BULB VASES

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.

DREAMCATCHER

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.

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