I am so excited to collaborate with Afloral to bring you this fun (and oh so pretty) DIY Flower Chandelier! You can create this piece for your next event or even just hang it as a mobile in your little girls nursery. If you aren't a fan of DIY, don't worry, you can purchase the ever so popular chandelier from my shop below!
What you will need:
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You can purchase your silk flowers and greenery from Afloral. For this project, I wanted to create an Ombre effect so I chose blossoms of light pinks to deep magenta as well as pretty sage colored leaves.
take your bark-wrapped wire and create an intertwining circlet. I made my circumference about 24" around. Since my wire was pretty flexible and not as strong as I intended (I suggest going with this wrapped wire instead of what I used in this tutorial), I double twisted my wire all the way around. When you have your desired measurements, use your wire cutters to cut the end of the wire and twist that end off to finish creating your circlet. This will serve as the base of your chandelier.
Next, lay out your flowers that you plan on using in your chandelier. Set aside the blooms that you plan to hang from the base (you will use at least 8 smaller flowers for this). Since I created mine with an ombre effect, I layed out my florals from light pink to magenta and set aside my flowers that will hang.
Next, start by adding the flowers to the outside of your circlet by cutting the flower stems off-one by one as you carefully glue the back of each flower to the chandelier base. *TIP: I made sure each bloom and it's petals were still secure and glued in-between the petals to keep each flower in-tact before adding it to the circlet.
I glued all of my florals to the circlet with lighter blooms toward the top and darker purples toward the bottom. Remember to leave room for greenery. I added greenery as I went around the base of the chandelier but some may prefer to add the greenery in before or after all of the flowers are on the base.
Once all of your flowers and the greenery are covering the outside of the entire circlet, you will use your strips of ribbon or cut fabric for the next step. You will need 3 strips of a yard each in length (maybe longer depending on height of ceiling) and about an inch or so wide.
Tie one end of each of your ribbons to the top of the circlet in equal distance from each other. These ribbons are what will hold your chandelier up.
At the other end of the ribbons, carefully tie them together with a loop at the end so you can hang this loop from a hook or tack in the ceiling. Make sure your flower-filled circlet is hanging evenly when you tie the ribbons together.
Once your ribbons are on, hang your chandelier up so you can finish the rest of the steps...
Take out your blossoms that you will be hanging from the circlet and arrange them on your table so you know which pairs of flowers you want together on each strand of fishing line.You will have a total of four strands. Once you know your flower combinations, cut a strand of fishing line about 20" in length. Tie a knot at one end of the strand (you will want to triple or quadruple knot it) and place the other end of the fishing line through the eye of your needle (you will need a large needle eye). With your needle, start with the very bottom flower you want hanging and thread the center of it with your fishing line strand. Make sure the flower is facing downward.
Once the bottom flower is through, tie another large knot about 4" up from the bottom hanging flower and thread the top flower through. Again, make sure the flower is facing downward-the same way the bottom flower is hanging. If you want more than 2 flowers hanging from each strand, then do the same steps to add more flowers-otherwise, this is it for one strand. Do the same steps to create a total of 4 strands of flowers on fishing line.
*TIP: If your flower has a large center opening, I suggest you create your knot (maybe quadruple knot) in the fishing line and thread a bead or pearl through first before the flower to keep the knot from sliding out the center of the flower.
Take your flowers on fishing line and tie them to the bottom part of the chandelier at varying lengths with the flowers facing downward. Cut any excess fishing line that there may be.
Your chandelier is almost done!
Cut any longer flower stems back from around your circlet so you can add a backing with either felt fabric or use any excess greenery to cover the backs of the flowers around the circlet. Also, some silk flowers may fray, if you want to prevent fraying of petals, go through and trim any frays and then seal off the ends of petals with light coats of Fray Check.