How to Arrange Flowers on a Candelabra


Flowers are a fun way to decorate a light fixture for a special event or party. Fresh flowers can be cut the day before the event and attached to the candelabra so the metal work of the candelabra arms are completely hidden by fresh blossoms. This allows the candelabra to be attractive during the daylight or before the candles are lit and then transition from day to evening.

Step 1

Cut the stems of your flowers with a sharp floral knife and insert them into a water-filled bucket. This will allow the flowers to take on water until the moment you use them.

Step 2

Insert a foam-filled floral cage into water to allow the foam to expand by taking on water. The back side of the cage is flat. The front and sides have openings for inserting stems.

Step 3

Wire one or more cages to the candelabra (a large one may require two or three cages. Use floral wire twisted tightly around the metal arms of the candelabra. Cover obvious arm wires with green floral tape by winding the tape smoothly over the wire.

Step 4

Insert large and central blossoms first. Cut the flower stem to the length you need, remove any lower leaves on the stem and press the stem into the foam through holes in the cages.

Step 5

Wire floral sticks to leaves and wedge leaves strategically to hide the cage and any wiring. Insert smaller flowers after the main flowers have been arranged. Use the smaller flowers to fill visual holes in the arrangement. Finish your arrangement by inserting sprigs of fine flowers like baby's breath, a filler flower that adds to the visual size of the arrangement.

Step 6

Wind ribbons and beads through the arrangement to add drape and sparkle.

Things You'll Need

  • Fresh flowers
  • Floral knife
  • Water-filled bucket
  • Floral cage
  • Instant floral foam
  • Leaves
  • Floral sticks
  • Filler flowers
  • Gardening shears
  • Floral wire
  • Floral tape
  • Ribbons
  • Beads


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F.R.R. Mallory is a senior at UC Berkeley completing degrees in both Neuropsychology and English. She has been published since 1996 in both nonfiction and fiction, books, short stories, articles and essays. Her fiction short story "Black Ice" recently won a National Space Society contest.