Floral candle holders are some of the most popular searches on my website. With this DIY pressed flower tea-light holder being my number one. Now the fresh flowers have finished in the cutting garden, I’ve been looking at other ways to use flowers for the autumn and winter. This fresh flower candle holder makes a beautiful centre piece for dining table or mantle.
It combines some of my favourite things – Moroccan tamegroute pottery, candles and seasonal foliage. The most important part of this DIY is getting the base support secure. Use a small pin frog to fix the candle in place. I found it best to use floral adhesive to stop it slipping. Followed by a squish of ordinary chicken wire secured in place with florist tape. Pack and cover the chicken wire with presoaked moss and then add seasonal foliage.
Over the summer I have been looking into foam free floristry whenever there’s been a chance. It can feel dauting learning something new and the subject feels shrouded in mystery. However, the more I learn and experiment, I’m realising it comes down to common sense and clever use of plants. For this candle holder I focused on hardy shrubs like Bay and Holly that can last out of water mixed in with rosehips and some dried hydrangeas. The moss can be reused even when it dries out – a simple soak in a bucket of water. In the case of this candle holder I’ll simply remove any finished foliage and gently top the water up until it’s springy again. I’ll also be adding more foliage as the garden gives it me.
These candle holders are great to make in advance and can be reused many times over the upcoming months. I’m planning on using these for my Christmas table but make them at least a week before. I may even add in a few baubles amongst the leaves to make things extra magical.
If you’re local to Leigh-on-Sea and looking for seasonal flowers for your celebrations please get in touch. I’d love to create something for you.