DIY Flowers & Crystal Candelabras – Suggestions wanted – HELP please!

posted 6 years ago in Flowers
Post # 3
4352 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

Where did you get your candelabras?

Post # 5
822 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

Test 4 is getting there but I think in order to get a similar look you need to make your flowers a little larger and use different flowers to get that varying texture.

Post # 6
2183 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

First, I love your candelabras! They are gorgeous and will look stunning regardless of what flower arrangement you put on top. 

About the flowers… I think the issue is that you’re using about 90% of one type of flower (white hydrangeas) and that makes the arrangement look a bit plain. I’d suggest adding different types of flowers (in various shades of coral and pink) to break up the monotony and add texture and depth to the arrangement. 

Good luck and please post more pics when you create your next mock-up. Smile

Post # 8
28 posts
  • Wedding: June 2013

I agree – #2 with softer colors and more flower variety and keep the eucalyptus in there! If you can’t find the color you want – try to find spray paint and just buy white flowers of the type you do want to use!

Post # 10
38 posts
  • Wedding: August 2011

Hi there. As requested, I looked at your floral arrangements here. First of all, your candelabras are beautiful. Where did you get those? I also think you are starting to get the idea toward the last attempt. Here are my suggestions:

  • I think you were smart to use the hydrangea in place of all those tiny flowers (roses?) in the inspiration photo. However, the inspiration seems to use all of the flowers in clusters whereas you are using the ivory as a base for everything. Starting from your spherical foam base, add a few pieces of hydrangea with gaps between them instead of using them to completely cover the core. Otherwise when you squish in other flowers the hydrangeas will look smooshed. If you are having a problem with proportion, consider looking at a miniature version of hydrangea. 
  • Then, fill in some of the gaps with both pink and ivory roses. Try to vary the sizes (open blooms and buds). If you can find some miniature roses (spray roses), that would be even better to help you fill in with the larger blooms. I would keep the pink very light and subdued like the inspiration photo so that the differences in the flowers are slight and the main focus is the variety in texture. 
  • I think you were doing pretty good with eucalyptus but I like your idea about faux lambs ear or dusty miller instead. Again, those choices are less dramatic in difference regarding color. 
  • Fill in the remaining gaps with small bits of your leaves. I would try to keep these near the bottom 1/3 or the arrangement. 
  • Lastly, tuck very small tufts of a small flower (like baby’s breath, hanging lily of the valley, astilbe, etc.) randomly throughout. 
  • Then, walking around the arrangement, selectively pull a few blooms out slightly to create a more dynamic topography. 

Now, if you aren’t trying to get a good copy of the inspiration photo but just want something in that vein, consider just getting a few bouquets and bunching them together (like this one  or this one for example). Or, maybe something like this or this and then add in a few things. 

Good luck. I can’t wait to see what you come up with!

Post # 12
38 posts
  • Wedding: August 2011

I saw this week that Michael’s had bundles (bouquets) of smaller ivory roses for about $8 each. With their typical 40% off coupons, you could easily replace the hydrangea with them if you wanted something closer to the look of the original. You can find them in their wedding section. 

Also, there were a few really good choices for the tiny flowers that are sticking out of the original in their season flower area. 

Hope everything is going well. I have pictures of these things if you need them. 

Good luck! Post pics when you can!


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Post # 13
21 posts
  • Wedding: September 2012

Hi the candelabras are absolutely stunning and your DIY flowers are all very pretty. As for the faux flowers I used them for my bouquet. The ones from Hobby Lobby are much better quality then the Michaels ones. Good luck to you! 

Also, can I know where you purchased the candelabras from? My brother is getting married in June and his fiance would love these! 

Thanks in advance!

Post # 15
1 posts
  • Wedding: June 2014

Test 4 is cute. Maybe a adding crystals on the inside of the vase or a pop of color in the flower arrangements can work also.

Post # 16
4 posts
  • Wedding: May 2013

Hi! I think you have nothing to worry about … your candelabras are even gorgeous enough to stand on their own, and the hydrangeas look beautiful! This is exactly what I have been looking into for my own wedding!


The faux flowers look great.  The later versions looks better without the willow branches.  I agree with the rest of the ladies, incorporating some other flowers will give you some more texture and will allow you to create a larger cluster of flowers that will give you the drama and depth I think you are looking for.  Keep your eye open for Michael’s and AC Moore coupons that come in their weekly circulars to help alleviate the cost!  Also, there are some great vendors on Ebay where you can find good deals on the flowers.


Where were you able to find the candelabras?  I have been searching online and would prefer to purchase instead of renting so I can start early on designing the floral arrangements.  Thank you so much!! 

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