Wedding Centerpiece Trial #2: Real Flowers!

Good morning, everyone!

So you might recall I had my first centerpiece trial a few weeks ago. The end result looked like this:

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The problem is, I used fake flowers! I really want to use real flowers for my reception because (a) they're actually more cost-effective than using the silk ones I purchased at $3-5/stem, and (b) I just think real flowers are much much prettier (:

So I went to the store to pick up a few items:

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I already had the candle sticks from last week, but I bought some flower foam ($1.12, Hobby Lobby), feathers ($1.09, Hobby Lobby), and 4 carnations, 4 roses, and 1 hydrangea ($10.71, Horrocks Market).

I started with the hydrangea. First, I cut a small chunk of the flower foam and stuck it in the candlestick (along with some water!) (although I didn't take a picture with water) (sorry):

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Then I cut individual sprigs off of the hydrangea. I know that they don't survive a very long time without the rest of the bunch, and I learned thanks to an awesome comment on my last post that they need PLENTY of water, so this totally might not work for the amount of time I need it to (I'll let you know).

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I stuck each piece into the side of the foam like so:

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And then added another sprig:

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And after 3 it looked like this! Totally cute:

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I also bought some pink carnations–TOTALLY budget-friendly. I know that they kind of have a had reputation for being “cheap,” but I think they look quite nice when they are tightly together and they're also my grandma's favorite flower (:

First, I put some feathers in to add a little somethin' somethin':

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Then, I cut the carnations very short:

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And squeezed them in with a bit of water! And ta-da!

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The roses were easy-peasy: just cut the stem and plop them on candle sticks. And here is my end result:

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Obviously they are not the “rightest” colors–I'm still looking for everything to be a dusty pink. However, the nice lady at the flower market told me that it shouldn't be a problem to order these flowers in the correct color in bulk. So they're ALMOST right! What do you think??

ALSO, I bopped around a few Goodwills in the area and found a couple of these guys:

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I got 8 different candlesticks (and 1 candelabra!) for $9! Not bad I don't think (: So, I added some black spray paint (same can from last time):

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Continued my painting operation (my neighbors thought I was so bizarre taking pictures of everything I was doing haha):

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And I ended up with 8 cool new candlesticks:

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I added the silk flowers to make them look cute, and here's my final result!

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I am exceedingly happy with how these are turning out! And can I just say I love this candelabra?! I hope I can find more!

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So how are your centerpieces going? Anyone else working with candlestick flowers? Any other cool ideas? I wish you nothing but the best luck with all of your DIY projects!

Have fantastic weeks!

XO,
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