Gorgeous pure-white blooms and wispy plumosa fern create a lush chandelier centerpiece to complement the blooms adorning the table below. To create the chandelier, designer Susan McLeary, of Passionflower in Ann Arbor, Mich., uses a simple wiring technique, which can be completed ahead of time, for quick assembly at the event.
Stephanotis vine is the star in the composite centerpiece on the table, crafted of multiple metal containers filled with all-white blooms. The Stephanotis vine wending among them creates the illusion of a single extended centerpiece while golden accessories add casual elegance.
Measure two equal lengths of ramie-covered wire with which to hang the wood/chicken wire frame. The length of the wires will be dependent on the ceiling height and how far above the table you want the finished design to hang. Tie the end of one wire to one corner of the frame and the other wire to the opposite corner of the frame. Secure the frame to a strong, reliable support structure above the table.
Attach enameled florist wire to the stems of statice and snapdragons. For each snapdragon, feed about an inch of wire through the flower stem, and bend it to form a hook. Bend the other end of the wire into a hook for hanging the bloom. Wire the statice stems, which are too dense to pierce, by hooking the wire through a joint where a lateral stem meets the main stem and wrapping the wire around each stem to its end. Again, form the other end of the wire into a hook for hanging. Susan used 50 stems of snapdragon and three bunches of statice in creating this floral chandelier. Once all the snapdragons and statice are attached to the frame, lightly dust plumosa fern with white paint, and weave the fern into the wire frame. Susan used two bunches of fern in this chandelier.
Measure out a length of florist netting (Susan suggests a square roughly twice the size of the opening of the container). Roll the wire onto itself to form a multilayered cylinder shape, and tuck the wire cylinder into the container.
Cut two 5- to 6-inch lengths of florist wire, and secure each to the chicken wire form. These will be used to wire the Stephanotis vines into place.
Wet the moss, and tuck it on top of the wire to conceal the mechanics.
Arrange the Stephanotis vine in the planter, securing the vine with the florist wire, as needed.
Wend the Stephanotis vines into interesting formations atop the container, and then arrange the other flowers into the container, through the armature of Stephanotis vines.