How to Build Candelabras for Floral Centerpieces

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When combined, flowers and candles create a mood of enchantment in any setting. Both lend beauty, fragrance and emotion to such events as dinners, parties and weddings, especially when placed together at the centre of a table. One of the easiest ways to mix candles and flowers is by using a candelabra. A candelabra is a branched holder, often fashioned of metal, which supports two or more candles. The addition of flowers to a candelabra only enhances its visual appeal. While such a display is impressive, it is relatively easy to create. Follow these guidelines to build a floral candelabra centrepiece.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

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Things you need

  • Instant floral foam
  • Plastic floral foam trays and liners
  • Assorted fresh flowers and greenery
  • Florist's knife
  • Water-filled buckets
  • Candelabra
  • Candles

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    Building a Floral Candelabra Centerpiece

  1. 1

    Choose a candelabra that has either a base or an elevated platform on which you can place containers of floral foam. Select a candelabra that has both a base and a platform for a lush floral centrepiece.

  2. 2

    Give the stems of all your flowers and greenery a fresh cut at a sharp angle. Place them in water-filled buckets.

  3. 3

    Soak your instant floral foam in a bucket of water until it is fully saturated. Remove the foam from the water. Cut it to the size and shape desired for placement at the base or upper platform of your candelabra.

  4. 4

    Put the foam in a green plastic tray or liner specially fitted to hold the foam and prevent water leakage. Do not position the foam on the candelabra yet; keep the foam on a worktable and assemble most of the arrangement there.

  5. 5

    Insert greenery into the floral foam. Trim stems of your greens to the desired length before inserting them. Angle the greenery as you insert it to hide the plastic tray or liner, which you don't want to be visible.

  6. 6

    Add flowers to the foam, trimming their stems to the desired length before inserting them. Consider how you want the flowers to stand, drape or fall. Insert long, flowing stems at an angle if you want a cascade of flowers to pour down from the platform on the candelabra. Add tall stems to top and sides of the foam at the base of the candelabra if you want the flowers to reach up toward the candles and out along the table.

  7. 7

    Push all stems into the floral foam to a depth of at least 1 1/2 inches to ensure a hydrated, long-lasting arrangement. Give your arrangement dimension and texture by pushing some flower heads closer to the foam than others. Tuck some flower heads in deep while leaving others more prominent.

  8. 8

    Place the candelabra at the centre of your table. Position the container of foam on the candelabra now, and add more flowers and greenery as needed to refine the arrangement and achieve the effect you desire.

Tips and warnings

  • Avoid arranging flowers in such a way that they will be near the flames of the lit candles. Keep the flowers below the tops of the candles. Remember that the candles will decrease in height as they burn.
  • Use greenery such as ivy, asparagus fern and bear grass to create long, draping lines in your floral candelabra centrepiece.
  • In a candlelit room, flowers in shades of white, ivory, buttercream and pale yellow all take on an exquisite glow.

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