Unlock the Ultimate Valentine’s with a Noodle Flower Chandelier

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.

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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?

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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

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Difficulty: easy

Time: 30 minutes

You need:

  • 1 hula hoop
  • 2 pool noodles (the hollow kind)
  • Foliage and a few flower heads *
  • Garden scissors
  • Twine
  • 3 battery-operated fairy light strings **
  • S-hook
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* 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!

STEP 1:

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Start with the pool noodle for your flower chandelier. Cut the noodles open length-wise, up to the hollow in the middle.

STEP 2:

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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.

STEP 3:

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.

STEP 4:

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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.

STEP 5:

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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!

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All you need now is a Valentine’s Day menu! Let us know what you think in the comments below.

Happy making!

Watercolour Christmas Wreath DIY

I believe that Christmas isn’t complete without the wreath on the front door or in our case, above the fireplace. This Christmas wreath DIY is a super easy one that simply looks and smells lovely and uses my favourite foliage: penny gum. As a child, my best friend and I used to make floral wreaths with daisies. These fond memories have always stayed with me and get triggered as soon as I see a wreath.

You will need: 

 Penny gum (available at your local florist)

Prickly blooms or ‘fynbos’

Florist wire

Ribbon

Copper craft paint

Hat pin

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Easy as pie

Follow the same steps that I showed you in our mini wreaths tutorial. Make a circle with your florist wire and thread the penny gum and whatever else you are using through the loops. Secure them by doing another layer of wire to catch all the loose ends. End off with ribbon and dip the ends in copper craft paint. I even dipped some of the prickly flowers in the paint to add to the bling.

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Hanging around

We placed our wreath above the fireplace as this will be the first thing guests see when they enter through the front door. What a lovely way to say welcome!

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Door to door

After our shoot I simply had to hang the wreath on my front door! Yes, this is where all the good props ends up.

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I think I am going to make this my seasonal wreath. I’ll add different elements true to the specific season and have it proudly displayed all year round.

Why not make smaller wreaths for your table as well?

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You will need: 

Florist wire

Thin-stemmed penny gum branches (you can buy these at your local florist if you don’t have a friend with a tree)

Ribbon

Hat pin

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Merry go round

Bend the florist wire into a circular shape and secure the end by threading it round. Start the wreath by putting the stem of the penny gum branch into one of the loops created. Now simply twirl it around until it ends. I didn’t let mine go all the way and left a ‘naked’ wire section at the top for the ribbon. It kind of reminds me of a roman wreath!

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Needles and pins

I have a disturbingly large collection of hat pins at home. I simply cannot resist them and have found 101 uses for them. This time I’ve used a hat pin to secure the broad ribbon at the top of the wreath.

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Let it shine

I wanted to echo my copper-dipped cutlery so I added a touch of copper craft paint to a few of the penny-gum leaves just for fun.

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Hang on

These fragrant little wreaths are the perfect welcome at the back of each guest’s chair around the Christmas table. If you have a formal seating arrangement, you can go one step further and add the names of guests to them.

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You can also make mini versions of these wreaths and use them for Christmas tree decorations – the possibilities are endless!

Happy styling,

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