DIY hanging floral installation | sugar and cloth

DIY Hanging Flower Installation

DIY hanging floral installation | sugar and clothDIY hanging floral installation | sugar and cloth

photos by Jared Smith

If you follow along on Instagram, you might recognize this DIY hanging flower installation from a video sneak peek that I shared on Sunday, and trust me, I’m just as giddy over it as you were! It’s a project I’ve been wanting to make for a while now, and the new studio was the perfect white backdrop for it.

I also love the photos Jared took of the finished piece (how awesome is this one below?!), and the fact that he helped me hang every last stem in the middle of a sunny, Friday afternoon while I was battling a severe case of hangry-ness. Somewhere in the middle of the frantic flowering it was true love even if we were way too checked out once everything was done to enjoy it at the time…

DIY hanging floral installation | sugar and cloth

To be able to suspend and space the flowers easier, I wanted to make something simple to reconstruct that would withstand the weight of the flowers while not being a total eyesore. Instead of creating more work for myself, I just repurposed the framed chicken wire from my DIY paper wall art post.

Essentially it’s just a wooden canvas frame (however big you want the artwork/installation to be) with chicken wire stapled to the back. You can find the step by step photos for it here.

Materials:

DIY hanging floral installation | sugar and cloth

 

Once you have the wooden frame and chicken wire portion constructed, use a drill to drill a hole in each of the corners on one side of the frame. Next, screw an eye hook into each corner to be able to attach the picture wire.

Measure how far down you’ll need the structure to hang from the ceiling (in our case, it was two feet). Loop the wire through and make a tight knot on one of the hooks, and wrap the excess wire around the loop and around the remaining wire until it’s secure. Now measure two feet of wire from the top of the hook (as opposed to pre-measuring and accidentally making different sized knots), leaving yourself about 4-6 inches extra to make a loop on the end.

Repeat for all four corners.DIY hanging floral installation | sugar and cloth

Once you have the hooks in place, use the wire loop enclosures to make a loop at the end of each corner to hang to structure evenly.

DIY hanging floral installation | sugar and cloth

Screw the other four cup hooks into the the ceiling equal distance to where each of your four corners of the structure will be placed, and suspend the loops from each.

DIY hanging floral installation | sugar and cloth

To hang each stem, simply wrap and knot fishing wire (tightly, but not so tight it cuts through the stem) to the end of each flower. Hang each stem from the chicken wire by the other end of the fishing line, placing them sporadically as you go.

DIY hanging floral installation | sugar and cloth

Five hours and a few arguments later, you should have something that looks like this! You’ll definitely want to be sure that you install the flowers the day of (and as close as possible to the time) of the event or party so that the flowers are still fresh, and bright.

We left ours up for three days to send how long it would last, and by the next day only two or three stems had fallen but they were definitely sad looking! Day three all of the colors were much darker with a few petals lost.

DIY hanging floral installation | sugar and clothDIY hanging floral installation | sugar and clothDIY hanging floral installation | sugar and cloth

The overall look is stunning and I would absolutely make it again for an occasion, but you definitely need to find a good wholesale flower supply to make it remotely affordable (then again, my DIY budget is probably much smaller than most event budgets!). We use Fifty Flowers because they have an awesome selection year round and you don’t have to be licensed to buy from them in bulk. I used the ranunculus and garden rose variety packs for this project. DIY hanging floral installation | sugar and clothDIY hanging floral installation | sugar and clothDIY hanging floral installation | sugar and clothDIY hanging floral installation | sugar and cloth

 

So what are the odds you’re going to be going home to make one of these bad boys?! Yeh, it’s not exactly you’re average family dinner decor, but it would definitely come in handy for a birthday party, engagement, wedding, or photo booth or dessert table backdrop, no?

DIY hanging floral installation | sugar and cloth

DIY Hanging Flower Installation

DIY hanging floral installation | sugar and clothDIY hanging floral installation | sugar and cloth

photos by Jared Smith

If you follow along on Instagram, you might recognize this DIY hanging flower installation from a video sneak peek that I shared on Sunday, and trust me, I’m just as giddy over it as you were! It’s a project I’ve been wanting to make for a while now, and the new studio was the perfect white backdrop for it.

I also love the photos Jared took of the finished piece (how awesome is this one below?!), and the fact that he helped me hang every last stem in the middle of a sunny, Friday afternoon while I was battling a severe case of hangry-ness. Somewhere in the middle of the frantic flowering it was true love even if we were way too checked out once everything was done to enjoy it at the time…

DIY hanging floral installation | sugar and cloth

To be able to suspend and space the flowers easier, I wanted to make something simple to reconstruct that would withstand the weight of the flowers while not being a total eyesore. Instead of creating more work for myself, I just repurposed the framed chicken wire from my DIY paper wall art post.

Essentially it’s just a wooden canvas frame (however big you want the artwork/installation to be) with chicken wire stapled to the back. You can find the step by step photos for it here.

Materials:

DIY hanging floral installation | sugar and cloth

 

Once you have the wooden frame and chicken wire portion constructed, use a drill to drill a hole in each of the corners on one side of the frame. Next, screw an eye hook into each corner to be able to attach the picture wire.

Measure how far down you’ll need the structure to hang from the ceiling (in our case, it was two feet). Loop the wire through and make a tight knot on one of the hooks, and wrap the excess wire around the loop and around the remaining wire until it’s secure. Now measure two feet of wire from the top of the hook (as opposed to pre-measuring and accidentally making different sized knots), leaving yourself about 4-6 inches extra to make a loop on the end.

Repeat for all four corners.DIY hanging floral installation | sugar and cloth

Once you have the hooks in place, use the wire loop enclosures to make a loop at the end of each corner to hang to structure evenly.

DIY hanging floral installation | sugar and cloth

Screw the other four cup hooks into the the ceiling equal distance to where each of your four corners of the structure will be placed, and suspend the loops from each.

DIY hanging floral installation | sugar and cloth

To hang each stem, simply wrap and knot fishing wire (tightly, but not so tight it cuts through the stem) to the end of each flower. Hang each stem from the chicken wire by the other end of the fishing line, placing them sporadically as you go.

DIY hanging floral installation | sugar and cloth

Five hours and a few arguments later, you should have something that looks like this! You’ll definitely want to be sure that you install the flowers the day of (and as close as possible to the time) of the event or party so that the flowers are still fresh, and bright.

We left ours up for three days to send how long it would last, and by the next day only two or three stems had fallen but they were definitely sad looking! Day three all of the colors were much darker with a few petals lost.

DIY hanging floral installation | sugar and clothDIY hanging floral installation | sugar and clothDIY hanging floral installation | sugar and cloth

The overall look is stunning and I would absolutely make it again for an occasion, but you definitely need to find a good wholesale flower supply to make it remotely affordable (then again, my DIY budget is probably much smaller than most event budgets!). We use Fifty Flowers because they have an awesome selection year round and you don’t have to be licensed to buy from them in bulk. I used the ranunculus and garden rose variety packs for this project. DIY hanging floral installation | sugar and clothDIY hanging floral installation | sugar and clothDIY hanging floral installation | sugar and clothDIY hanging floral installation | sugar and cloth

 

So what are the odds you’re going to be going home to make one of these bad boys?! Yeh, it’s not exactly you’re average family dinner decor, but it would definitely come in handy for a birthday party, engagement, wedding, or photo booth or dessert table backdrop, no?

Comments

  • Emily

    01.28.15

    I loved your Instagram video through the flowers! So dreamy!

  • aileepetrovic

    01.28.15

    This is so smart! I love it – and good to know re: Fifty Flowers. I went to a wholesale place in the Heights the other day and got turned down because I didn’t have a license. I had no idea!

  • Raquel

    01.28.15

    So pretty! Love this installation!

  • allison bridgman

    01.28.15

    ahhhhhhh – this is gorgeous. And that photo…looking up on all of them. perfection! Although I have only found 3 stems of fake magnolia that I have liked enough to keep in my home, this would be stunning if anyone could ever find enough decent looking fake flowers so it could be a permanent fixture. Imagine in a nursery!?

  • Nancy

    01.28.15

    Love love love!!! So worth the effort!

  • Brittni

    01.28.15

    This is stunning, Ash!! So beautiful. And I love all of the bright colors.

  • Eleni

    01.28.15

    This is so beautiful! Such a great idea, and it looks so magical. Thanks for sharing!

  • kittenhood

    01.28.15

    This is absolutely gorgeous, Ashley! I’m pretty sure I’m gonna use it when the occasion arises :)

  • Maru

    01.28.15

    This is SO cute!! I have to find where to use this, it’s amazing :)

  • sara a

    01.28.15

    This is so…. gorgeous! Love love love.

  • Sara Budisantoso

    01.28.15

    So pretty! If I can convince my girlfriend to have this at her upcoming shower, I am making it. Thank you for posting this beautiful creative project.

  • jewel7013

    01.28.15

    Without a doubt, one of my favorite projects on your blog…spectacular!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • brittanymakes

    01.28.15

    gorgeous! and keeping it real with the argument remark. We always have those when i enlist my husband for help! haha.

  • Kelly

    01.28.15

    I totally want to make one with with good quality silk flowers I can leave up for all of spring!! Then it would also make the construction time worth it!

  • Amy W

    01.29.15

    I have been holding my breath ever since I saw this on your Instagram. Honestly, it may not be the typical home decor but I am so in love! It’s absolutely stunning and I want to just keep looking back at the pictures over and over again. Gorgeous.

  • Nash Khan

    01.30.15

    The installation is just delicious! Is it weird if I say i’ve been wanting to do the same idea for the longest time? Haha, it looks so beautiful! <3

  • Julie Wylie

    02.05.15

    This is so so gorgeous! I can’t help but stare. This would be great with many different types of flowers + greenery. I can see eucalyptus being so pretty + delicate. Love it!

  • Karen

    01.19.16

    So beautiful!!! How many flowers did you use, more or less?

  • Sam Wilson

    01.28.16

    Wahoo! Really nice idea for decor. Thanks for sharing

  • Rebecca

    03.07.16

    What a beautiful installation! I really want to use this for my daughter’s upcoming birthday party. I hope I have enough patience to get it done. Pinning for Reference.

    • Ashley said:

      You might want to consider using faux flowers so you can do a lot of the prep work and things ahead of time! :)