In this post I’m sharing how to make a dried flower chandelier. Whether you dry your own flowers or purchase them, it’s a fun and very creative way to express yourself…especially for fall!
In THIS recent post, I talked about how dried flowers seem to be everything for fall! Personally I’ve always loved dried flowers. I fondly recall my mom having vases filled with pussy willow in the autumn season. Maybe that got me hooked, but there’s something organic and simple about preserving summer flowers.
Today’s flowers are brought to you by my friends over at aFloral, who I’ve worked with for several years now. While I was not compensated for this post, I was provided with a large amount of flowers to work with. Head over to shop…here is my affiliate link for – aFloral. Let’s get started…the basic tools are below.
Dried Flower Chandelier DIY
- Chicken wire (I prefer to work with coated – find that HERE)
- Garden gloves
- Floral tape
- Floral wire – thin gauge
- Wire snips
- Battery operated mini string light with remote
- Rope or string for hanging the chandelier
- Decorative ribbon
Decide on the size “chandelier” that you’d like to have. This is perfect for hanging over an outside dinner table and won’t block conversation like a centerpiece can. I might take this one outside in the fall, but it’s way too hot here now! Once you’ve decided on the size and shape, cut off the wire accordingly.
*TIP* wear a pair of garden gloves because chicken wire is sharp once you cut it! Bend the ends of it in and fold the wire in half lengthwise if you’re going to create a rectangular shape as I did. Once you have your rectangle you’ll take some thin floral wire and “sew” the short ends together. It doesn’t have to be fancy or perfect. You’re going to have a sort of boat shape with the top open and sides closed. That way you can put your hands inside as you add the flowers and string lights!
Before adding the florals that will make this a dried flower chandelier, add a single battery string lights set (remote on/off is best). These – mini string lights and had a hole at the top that I used to secure the battery pack to the chicken wire. Any set will do though and you can just place them inside without securing as well.
Then add some rope or string to hang the structure because it makes it easier to work on.
I like to start by adding the greenery first, and inserted some airy dried ferns. As you can see, the ends are long, but you’ll trim any excess later by using wire snips. It doesn’t look like much yet, but as you start building layers it becomes evident that you’re creating something beautiful!
*TIP* Dried preserved flowers are delicate and I recommend putting a drop cloth down on your floor when working with them.
For this dried flower chandelier I had my color scheme planned out ahead of time with neutrals and pale pinks. Such a lovely color combination for fall!
It works well to add your flowers in small bunches, rather than one by one. Grab a bunch and eyeball how tall you think you’ll need them to be. Wrap with a small amount of floral tape and cut the stems with either wire snips or strong scissors.
Just start adding your dried flower bunches as it looks good to your eye. I put some berry pink preserved eucalyptus inside my wire form. The other flowers were all added via the outside of the form by just poking them through. Step back from time to time and view your work. Turn the “chandelier” around and see how it looks from all sides.
After I was satisfied with the look I trimmed the excess stems that were poking through. As a last step I added some beautiful pink silk ribbon that I had on hand. The entire process took me about an hour, start to finish.
If you love the look of this dried flower chandelier, I hope that you try this project! I have another easy DIY floral chandelier project that has been pinned thousands of times and you might like. Find that one here – How To Recycle An Old Lampshade Into A Floral Chandelier.
I love how pretty it looks at night!
Stick with me for some more dried flower projects coming soon and pin this post below so that you can keep track of it!