Shepherds' hook lantern hooks feature a curve in the top, similar to a shepherd's crook. The curve usually has an upward hook at the end perfect for holding lanterns or hanging plants. However, if you're throwing an outdoor party, shepherd's hooks can be the perfect place to put your flower vases. These hooks allow you to display your flower arranging skills without cluttering the buffet with inedibles or worrying about broken vases. All you need to do is make a few vases suitable for hanging.
Nip about 60 cm (2 feet) of picture wire for each of your containers. You can always nip away any excess at the end of the project.
Examine each glass container. Bottles and jars should have a lip at the top that will hold the wire. Fluted glass vases should be flared at the top; plan to position your wire around the slender part of these vases.
Wrap your wire twice or three times around your glass container, leaving a long piece of wire sticking out from the side of the container. Twist the long tail of wire together with the short tail of wire.
Bend the long tail of wire in an arch over your container. Slip the end of the wire under the wire wrapped around your glass container. Twist the wire into a loop to secure it.
Fill each container about half full of clear water. Add your desired flowers and hang on a shepherds' hook. Lower the vases onto your hooks slowly and let go when the full weight of the vase is supported by the hook.
Things you need
- Picture hanging wire
- Wire nips
- Glass containers: bottles, small mason jars, fluted glass vases
- Fresh cut flowers
- Shepherds' hooks