A candelabra is a candle holder, often made of metal, with several branches in which to place candlesticks. It makes quite a decor statement, especially when all the candles are lit. Candelabras can also be enhanced by the addition of flowers. Flower candelabras make lovely centrepieces and are popular at wedding receptions and other elegant events. All you need are the right supplies, a bit of time and creativity.
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Things you need
- Assorted fresh flowers and greenery
- Florist's knife
- Buckets of water
- Floral cage with instant floral foam inside
- 16-gauge floral wire
Cut the stems of all your fresh flowers and greenery at a sharp angle using a florist's knife. Place the cut flowers and greenery in a water-filled bucket where they can remain hydrated while you assemble the flower candelabra.
Submerge your block of caged floral foam in a water-filled bucket. Allow it to remain in the water until it is completely saturated. Note that the cage enables you to attach the foam to a candelabra; its back has a smooth surface, but you can insert flowers into the foam through the openings in the cage's the front and sides.
Push floral wire through the holes at the back of the floral foam cage. Wrap the floral wire securely around the candelabra where you want the floral foam to be positioned. Place the floral foam in a fairly low position on the candelabra to keep the flowers at a safe distance from the lit candles.
Add greenery to the floral foam. Trim the greenery stems to your desired length before adding them. Insert the greenery at angles to mask the sides and back of the plastic floral foam cage and any floral wire. Keep these components as invisible as possible for a professional, elegant look.
Insert flowers into the foam. Cut their stems down to manageable lengths before you add them. Position the flowers for a pleasing design: Insert long stems of flowers toward the bottom of the floral foam for a cascading effect. Position long stems at both sides of the foam to create a wide floral arrangement.
Put the candelabra in position and light the candles after you have completed the floral arrangement.
Tips and warnings
- Insert all flower and greenery stems into the floral foam to depth of at least 3.7 cm (1 1/2 inches) to encourage hydration and ensure a long-lasting arrangement.
- Give your arrangement dimension and texture by pushing some stems further into the foam than others. Tuck in some blooms while leaving others more prominent.
- Flowers in shades of white, ivory, buttercream and pale yellow all glow attractively in candlelit rooms.
- Remember that the candles will decrease in height as they burn, so make sure to place the flowers far enough below them for safety.
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