When a florist designs your wedding table decorations they provide the vases, but if you’re like other DIY brides, you want to make your own decorations. But, unless you happen to know someone in the floral business, you likely won’t have enough vases for your wedding table decorations. This is Part 6 of “Building vases for wedding table decorations.”
Instead of using vases for your florals, think about using candle holders. Today, there are so many different styles of candle holders and you can find especially unique ones at your local Goodwill, garage sales, or flea markets, and Hobby Lobby usually has half-off sales of this type of merchandise every couple of weeks if you want all matching pieces. You might even find enough holders by raiding your parents, grandparents or friend’s homes too. The candle holders don’t have to match, but you need to maintain continuity with your overall style or theme, whether your style is vintage, traditional, or contemporary, for the best results. There is nothing worse than mixing and matching styles that; on their own, are beautiful, but mixed together make your table decor look gaudy, cheap, and disorganized.
Read about making the arrangements in the photo.
What you need for the hydrangea arrangement:
1 glass candle holder (Hobby Lobby)
1 half of a styrofoam ball
7 or 8 silk hydrangea blooms in green and 3 shades of purple (can use live flowers if you prefer) (Hobby Lobby and JoAnns)
2 white spider mums (Hobby Lobby)
pewter-colored ribbon (Michaels)
Snip flower stems to about 3″ lengths or depending on the type of silk flower you get, you can pull the bloom off the stem and use a pearl-head pin to stick through the middle of the bloom and into the styrofoam to get it to stay in place.
Poke the stems of the other flowers into the styrofoam.
NOTE: If your candle holder has a shallow bowl-type holder on top like the one in the photo, poke the flowers into the flat side of the styrofoam. If the candle holder is flat on top, poke the stems into the round side of the styrofoam.
Once you are pleased with the way the flowers look, cut about a 10″ length of ribbon. Place the ribbon on top of the bouquet and then press a bit of it in towards the styrofoam. Do this in two of three places until it is an accent to the bouquet.
HINT: If you use clear glass candle holders, do not use a mirror underneath it, otherwise people will be able to see the styrofoam. Instead, use a charger. They are only $1.99 at Hobby Lobby and sometimes they go on sale for half off too.
What you need for the red rose arrangement:
1 black candle holder (Hobby Lobby)
1 half of styrofoam ball
16 or 17 silk red roses (Hobby Lobby) To keep costs down, you can buy these by the bush.
Red ribbon (Michaels)
Pearl garland (Hobby Lobby)
This rose bouquet is made the same way as the hydrangea bouquet. The only difference is that you can cut just a bit of pearl garland and set it in the bouquet like you did with the ribbon.
With both arrangements, use either a charger or mirror and votive candles to complete your table decor.
Hydrangea arrangement – $35.00 (charger and votives not included)
Red Rose arrangement – $16.00 (charger and votives not included)
Building vases for wedding table decorations – Part 1
Building vases for wedding table decorations – Part 2
Building vases for wedding table decorations – Part 3
Building vases for wedding table decorations – Part 4
Building vases for wedding table decorations – Part 5
Building vases for wedding table decorations
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