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  1. Tutorial: Make a hanging flower chandelier for your next party

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

    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. Photo: Lisa Tilse for We Are Scout

    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. Photo: Lisa Tilse for We Are Scout

    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. Photo: Lisa Tilse for We Are Scout

    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. Photo: Lisa Tilse for We Are Scout

    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. Photo: Lisa Tilse for We Are Scout

    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. Photo: Lisa Tilse for We Are Scout

    A burst of colour courtesy of your DIY hanging flower chandelier. Photo: Lisa Tilse for We Are Scout

    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. Photo: Lisa Tilse for We Are Scout

    Beautiful details from our DIY flower chandelier. Photo: Lisa Tilse for We Are Scout

    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. Photo: Lisa Tilse for We Are Scout

    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.

    Tutorial by Lisa Tilse and Rebecca Lowrey Boyd. All photography and styling by Lisa Tilse for We Are Scout.
    This post was originally published on We Are Scout.