Flower chandeliers are a wildly popular design element for many of life’s celebrations, both big and small. Whether you’re planning a bridal shower, hosting an outdoor dinner party or celebrating a birthday, you can take your floral display to new heights fairly easily with the use of this tutorial. Bonus, this DIY flower chandelier doesn’t just look amazing, it smells amazing, too!
If you’d like to make a floral chandelier for your next event, but don’t know where to start, don’t worry, we have everything you need to know. Our step-by-step guide and video tutorial will guide you through making a flower chandelier for any occasion.
Before you roll up your sleeves, let’s make sure you have all the materials you’ll need to get started.
DIY Flower Chandelier Materials
- Fresh flowers – When selecting flowers, be sure to have a theme in mind. Consider which blooms are in season and also which flowers will hold up the longest without water. Pick flowers with long stems, making it easier to attach them to the chandelier by threading them through the base.
- Fresh foliage – Select fresh greenery or other foliage that with complement the theme of your chandelier.
- Floral hoop – You’ll need a floral hoop to create the top tier of your chandelier. We recommend a hoop that is 19 inches in diameter, but you can choose any size, as long as it’s smaller than the large wire wreath.
- Large wire wreath – A large wire wreath frame will act as the base of your chandelier. We recommend one that is 24 inches in diameter (like this one from Amazon.)
- Floral tape – Floral tape is ideal for fresh flowers due to its strength and elasticity. It also comes in natural hues like greens and browns which blend well with flowers.
- Floral wire – You’ll use floral wire to attach fresh flowers and foliage to your small hoop and large wire frame.
- Fishing line – You’ll need fishing line to hang your chandelier. You can also opt for twine, string or ribbon if you’re going for a rustic or vintage feel.
- Scissors – You’ll need to cut the tape and fishing line, so have scissors or a sharp knife handy.
- Crimp tubes – You’ll use crimp tubes to secure your fishing line in place. These are small metal rings that will make it so your knots don’t slip out of the fishing line.
- Pliers – Pliers will be used to secure the crimp tubes to the fishing line.
Pick out a variety of fresh florals and foliage for your chandelier. For this tutorial, there are nine bushels of greenery and ten+ flower bouquets. Check out this recommended list of flowers that are long lasting even when out of water:
Best Flowers for Your Flower Chandelier
Flowers that hold up well out of water are the best to pick for your DIY chandelier. We recommend the following blooms:
- Pink Hyacinths
- Baby’s Breath
- Dahlia Buds
Flower Chandelier Step-By-Step
Project Time: 1 – 2 hours
Determine how far apart you want the wire wreath and the floral hoop to be, and then measure and cut four pieces of fishing line to the chosen length; cut accurately so that your chandelier hangs evenly. Attach the large wire wreath and floral hoop together using the pieces of fishing line. Secure the line with traditional knots and a few pieces of tape.
Pro Tip: Secure the knots using crimp tubes and pliers for a more steady chandelier.
Step 2: Start by wrapping lengths of greenery and foliage around the small floral hoop.
Wrap pieces of greenery around the floral hoop using floral wire to secure. Use floral tape in areas as needed for extra hold. The more secure your chandelier is, the better, so feel free to use a combination of tape and wire for the best results. Distribute the greenery evenly and avoid leaving open spaces. You won’t be adding any flowers to the top tier, so make the foliage as dense as you’d like.
Pro Tip: Wind each piece of foliage around the wire ring for added support before attaching with floral tape or floral wire.
Step 3: Next, add greenery to the base of your chandelier, the large wire wreath.
After you’ve finished the top tier of your chandelier, move on to designing the bottom. This portion is the base of your chandelier, so create layers and design with intention as this is the part that’s most visible to guests. Start by adding a few layers of foliage wrapping each individual piece around the wire wreath one at a time securing with a small piece of floral wire. Be mindful of the manner in which the foliage hangs and set it in place using the wire and floral tape as needed.
Step 4: Hang your chandelier.
It will be easier to design and assemble your flower chandelier while it’s hanging. Suspend the structure using fishing line, twine or ribbon, taking into consideration how the chandelier will hang. Measure and cut your chosen suspension lines into three or four even pieces to ensure it’s balanced and will hang correctly. Once you hang your chandelier, secure it by tying extra knots and using crimp tubes and pliers to keep them in place.
Step 5: Attach flowers to the large wire wreath.
Once you’ve hung your greenery-filled chandelier, it’s time to add the fresh blooms. Attach each bloom one-by-one by placing the stem into the foliage. Intertwining the stems of each flower through the greenery will help make sure that they stay put. Create clusters of three flowers equidistant from one another around the large wire wreath frame and arrange how you’d like. Creating something unique is the best part of this project. Plus, it doesn’t have to be perfect to be beautiful!
Pro Tip: Be mindful of the size and colors of blooms that you use. Select a variety of flowers with different colors and textures to make your chandelier more visually appealing.
Step 6: Fill in gaps of your chandelier with small flowers and extra greenery.
Use smaller blooms and vines to fill in the gaps of your chandelier. Consider balance, color, and shape of the flowers as you are adding in a few extra.
Pro Tip: Step back from your project every so often to be sure you’re on the right track. You want your chandelier to have visual balance.
While trends vary, we know that the flower chandelier is here to stay, and for good reason! Now that you’ve created a beautiful decor element, make sure you get to enjoy it for as long as you can with the care guidelines below.
- Mist your chandelier with water before your guests arrive to ensure that your flowers look their freshest for the celebration.
- Avoid hanging your chandelier in direct sunlight, near heating and cooling vents or near open windows.
There are plenty of unique ways to design the flower chandelier of your dreams. Browse through our flower chandelier inspiration below to get a few ideas before you start your own.
Editor’s note: Due to the pandemic, some of the general wedding planning advice we share may not be applicable or possible due to restrictions on events. Please adhere to all current regulations and stay safe and healthy! Get more pandemic wedding resources here.