Cosy up for a special treat or get friends together for a lazy dinner under a gorgeous flower chandelier! This is the most beautiful and worthwhile thing you have to try this summer.
Romantic or not, whimsical lights and blooms floating in the air will make anyone feel special. Plus, this tutorial helps to repurpose old pool noodles. What’s not to love?
You can also remove the flowers when they wilt and pack away the flower chandelier base in your outdoor storage space!
Here’s how to make a flower chandelier
Time: 30 minutes
- 1 hula hoop
- 2 pool noodles (the hollow kind)
- Foliage and a few flower heads *
- Garden scissors
- 3 battery-operated fairy light strings **
* Forage in your garden, in a nearby field or head to the nearest florist and ask them for the day’s offcuts. You’ll either pay a small fee or nothing at all for beautiful foliage and blooms.
** Use your festive lights from December!
Start with the pool noodle for your flower chandelier. Cut the noodles open length-wise, up to the hollow in the middle.
Fit the first pool noodle over the hula hoop by pushing it through the cut into the hollow in the centre. Measure the second pool noodle and cut off any excess before fitting it over the remaining open part of the hula hoop. The entire hula hoop should now be covered with the pool noodles.
Twist some twine around the pool noodle to secure it, and tie with a knot when you’re done.
Cut 3x1m pieces of twine. Divide the pool noodle base into three equal parts and then tie a piece of twine to each segment.
Knot the free ends roughly 50cm from the base, and attach the S-hook to the knot.
PRO TIP: Hang up the flower chandelier to make the last steps easier.
Twist the fairy light strings around the pool noodle base, taking care to keep it fairly loose. Secure each string’s battery pack on the inside of the wreath, in the middle of each of the three segments. This will help the wreath to hang level.
Cover the pool noodle in foliage by sticking the branches behind the twine and fairy light cables. Once you’re happy with the greenery, add the flower heads at random, securing them in the same way as the leaves. Then switch on the flower chandelier’s lights and admire your handiwork!
All you need now is a Valentine’s Day menu! Let us know what you think in the comments below.