So excited to be sharing this easy-peasy (yet stunning) floral & greens hanging centerpiece. I used this creation as the focal point for my Mother’s Day brunch table, and I wanted to just use whites and greens. This would be gorgeous with bright colors (like all oranges or all pinks!), so have fun and get crazy with your flowers! Just make sure whatever you use will last out of water for the duration of your party!
The only skill you really need is to know how to cut wire and then twist it around a dowel! After that, it’s really just a matter of taste and how wild (or not) you want your creation to be! Have fun, and let me know if you have any questions, and show me a picture if you give this a try!
3′ wooden dowel
Green floral wire
Cascading geen amaranthus
Mini white callas
White scholtzia (mine was on the end of its life and most of the blooms had dropped off)
1. Start by hanging your dowel. I chose to center it over the dining room table, but this could work anywhere! Attach 3m hooks to ceiling, then suspend dowel using fishing line. This is easiest if you have someone to assist you, to help make sure it’s hanging straight and level!
2. After the dowel is secure, begin by wiring a base layer of greenery. You want to work with the heartier stems first, and finish with the most delicate flowers. Because you’re using green wire, you don’t have to worry a ton about “hiding” the wire, because it will eventually just blend in once the installation is finished! I chose to start with deflexus and plumosa. Simply cut a 2-3″ piece of wire and twist around dowel to hold greens in place. Overlap branches to hide the wire and stems. Make sure you allow some of the branches to cascade down, to give it a whimsical and look.
3. I then added ivy, jasmine, polygonatum, and the amaranthus for dimension and interest. Exactly where you place these greens is completely up to you! You can make it wild or more refined. I wanted mine to look like it was just plucked from nature, so I allowed pieces to fall more naturally. If a fern wanted to lay a certain way, I [usually] just let it.
4. Once you have a good, dense base of greens, it’s time for the fun part, the flowers! Again, I just tucked them in where it felt (and looked) good (or wherever there was a hole), so your creation might look a little different from mine. Just remember to keep the stems long enough to let them hang (if you want)! Nestle the stems into a bed of greenery, then wire it all together (sometimes just tucking will work, depending on how secure it feels).
5. Fill in any bare spots with more greenery or another bloom, and if your creation is going to be seen from both sides, don’t forget to flower the back side! At this point, everything should be pretty secure, and since you won’t be moving or transporting this installation, you can probably get away with just placing/laying some greenery here or there, without wiring (it gets a little tough at the end to actually wire things on, because it’s so dense).
PLEASE NOTE: This installation is obviously out of water, so eventually everything will wilt, especially the flowers. It’s best to make this installation as close to your event start-time as possible, since nothing is in water tubes. The most fragile flowers, the clematis, lasts out of water for about 4-5 hours. If you need to, you can put their stems in water tubes, but these will be more difficult to hide. Otherwise, you can add them just before guests arrive. The ivy also tends to wilt, but along with everything else, it *should* last a day!
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