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We created this gorgeous hanging flower chandelier from scratch in an afternoon for a statement centrepiece that looks incredible – and smells heavenly.

Tutorial: Make a hanging flower chandelier for your next party

If you love the idea of adding a touch of theatre when you’re throwing a party – like a special birthday, engagement, or baby shower – but can’t afford expensive decorators or florist-created arrangements, it’s easier than you think to DIY.

We created this gorgeous hanging flower chandelier from scratch in an afternoon for a statement centrepiece that looks incredible – and smells heavenly.

If you love the idea of adding a touch of theatre when you're throwing a party - like a special birthday, engagement, or baby shower - but can't afford expensive decorators or florist-created arrangements, it's easier than you think to DIY.

If you love the idea of adding a touch of theatre when you're throwing a party - like a special birthday, engagement, or baby shower - but can't afford expensive decorators or florist-created arrangements, it's easier than you think to DIY.

Materials

Hoola hoop
Green paint for the hoola hoop (if you can’t get a green one)
Wire hoop with 30cm diameter – we found ours at Spotlight
Fishing line
Green washi tape or florist tape
Green florist wire
Scissors
Lengths of fresh jasmine vine
Lots of fresh flowers – pick anything in season. We used an assortment of spring blooms including poppies, ranunculus, carnations, sweet peas, chrysanthemums, pink snowberries and wall flowers.

Materials to make a DIY fresh flower hanging chandelier.

Let’s get started

Assemble the structure

1. If you need to paint the hoola hoop, you should do this first. We left it until we’d joined the two hoops together, and it was a bit tricky.

2. Attach the two hoops together with four pieces of fishing line evenly spaced around the diameter. The hoops should be about 40cm apart.

3. Secure the fishing line to the hoops with tape.

Add the vines and flowers

1. Start by attaching the lengths of jasmine vine to the wire ring, before moving to the hoola hoop. Wind each piece over and under the ring as you go around, letting the tendrils hang down. Allow the two ends of the vine pieces to hang down as well, and just secure small sections of the vine to the wire with floristry or green washi tape. Tape pieces sparingly and try to work with the curves of the vine for a natural look.

2. Don’t add any flowers to the top wire ring, so build up the pieces of vine to make it slightly more dense. Make sure there are lots of hanging pieces that just about reach the bottom hoop, so that there isn’t a big empty space between the top and bottom parts of the chandelier.

Step-by-step: How to wrap flowers and vines around your wire circle.

3. Add the flowers to the bottom hoola hoop one at a time, securing them by poking the stems between the vines and the hoop. Use small pieces of tape and florist wire where needed.

Start by grouping three or so of the same flowers together, then add small clusters of flowers either side of the first group.

4. Leave a gap of about 30cm and cluster another group of flowers. Repeat until you have made groupings with the same space between them all the way around the hoop.

Beautiful ranunculas are the perfect statement flower for a hanging floral chandelier.

5. Now you can begin to fill in the gaps with small flower groups and individual blooms. Add hanging pieces of vine as needed. The aim is to make a natural-looking hanging garden that tumbles down from the chandelier.

As you’re adding the flowers, keep stepping back so that you can get a good overview of how the chandelier is coming together and where the empty spots are.

6. Consider the balance of colour as well as the size and shape of the flowers when you’re placing them.

Gorgeous! Make an easy statement centrepiece with this step-by-step tutorial.

A burst of colour courtesy of your DIY hanging flower chandelier.

That’s it – your beautiful hanging floral chandelier is complete!

Give it a light misting with water, and another misting just before guests arrive. Keep it out of direct sunlight so your flowers don’t wilt before the party starts.

Hang the chandelier over the party table for a stunning centrepiece. You can use a temporary or permanent hook in the ceiling, and suspend with fishing line, or hang from any exposed beams.

Save money and florist costs by making your own incredible flower chandelier. Tableware and vessels all Lisa's own: Fold Unfold tablecloth by HAY; Tea towels used as napkins by Mark Tuckey for Cotton On; Speckled vessels by Katia Carletti; Lisa’s mum’s white vintage glass vases; pink vessel by the Mod Collective; plates and bowls by Kim Wallace.

Beautiful details from our DIY flower chandelier.

Tableware and vessels all Lisa's own: Fold Unfold tablecloth by HAY; Tea towels used as napery by Mark Tuckey for Cotton On; Speckled vessels by Katia Carletti; Lisa’s mum’s white vintage glass vases; pink vessel by the Mod Collective; ceramic plates and bowls by Kim Wallace.

Tableware and vessels all Lisa’s own: Fold Unfold tablecloth by HAY; Tea towels used as napery by Mark Tuckey for Cotton On; Speckled vessels by Katia Carletti; Lisa’s mum’s white vintage glass vases; pink vessel by the Mod Collective; ceramic plates and bowls by Kim Wallace.

If you love our hanging flower chandelier, you might like our spring tabletop with hanging flower balls, too.

Check out more creative entertaining and party ideas and gorgeous tabletops here.

Styling and photography by Lisa Tilse for We Are Scout.

  • Build House Home

    Absolutely love this! I have experimented with similar ideas using bamboo poles but I love your double layers and hoop such a good idea.

    • lisa (aka the red thread)

      The bamboo poles sound like a good idea too!

  • http://kraftmint.com/ Ursula Rosien

    Tweeted and pinned love love. I must try to make one!

    • lisa (aka the red thread)

      Thanks Ursula! I hope you give it a go – the making is as much a joy as the finished chandelier.

  • http://mollymell.blogspot.com/ Regina Melo

    It is very beautiful, but fresh flowers won’t last long enough in any kind of party. It would be better to use beautiful silk flowers, or any other kind of fake flowers.

    • lisa (aka the red thread)

      Hi Regina, thanks for your thoughts. The fresh flowers actually lasted all day for our shoot and all the following day too… even in our humid Sydney spring weather. So it would be no problem for an event or party. We love the idea of using fresh blooms – the idea is to enjoy the lovely fresh spring flowers and amazing fragrance.

  • Heaven Smiling

    Just gorgeous! I’m stopping by from Craft Gawker. Such a beautiful way to decorate your home. Pinned!

    • wearescout

      Hi from Craft Gawker! Thanks so much for the thumbs-up! – Rebecca X

  • olaf78

    This is awesome -could you please give some insight into how you suspended it from the ceiling? Did you have an exposed beam to use?

    I don’t think my light fitting would support the weight of the flowers (which I guess is about three kilos). I am also afraid to se the ceiling in case I pull it down or the chandelier falls.

    But this is very beautiful none-the-less. Thanks

    • wearescout

      Hi Olaf78 – thanks so much! I wouldn’t try attaching it to a light fitting. We actually screwed a hook into the ceiling that would take the weight. You can also use temporary hooks, too (but check the weight info carefully). An exposed beam would be perfect! – Rebecca X

  • http://purplepaperhouse.com.au PurplePaperHouse

    Utterly stunning and a great tutorial.
    <3
    Pia

    • lisa (aka the red thread)

      thanks Pia!

  • http://purplepaperhouse.com.au PurplePaperHouse

    Put it all over social media, just as it deserves!
    <3
    Pia

    • lisa (aka the red thread)

      It is all over social media! You are welcome to share it too – with proper links of course 😉

  • http://www.ohheyblog.com/ Oh Hey Blog

    This is the most fabulous thing I have seen in a very long time!

    • lisa (aka the red thread)

      Oh that’s so lovely of you to say! Thanks, we’re so happy to hear your feedback.

  • Brit Ta

    Looks amazing, I am planning to do something similar for my wedding, just wondering if this would last if made the day before or how to keep the flowers fresh, any ideas?

  • Pam

    Where is the tablecloth from, or is it a DIY? Love the whole look!

  • Sarah Nicholls

    love the tablecloth, where is it from please?? :)

  • Bec @ Love That Party

    You guys are amazing!! have just discovered your blog by following a random Google+ post of this image.How can I work with you?!? bec – Love That Party

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