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DIY Hanging Floral Installations from Anne Sage’s Spring Brunch

by Grace Bonney

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Hanging floral installations lend themselves beautifully to family-style gatherings. Not only do they make for memorable decor, they also free up table space for more food! This showstopper here looks complicated, but it’s actually quite simple to assemble. Designed by Rebecca Simms of Wylie West Creative for a spring entertaining story I recently shared, its secret lies in selecting the right mix of foliage for a lush and lazy effect. Of course, a little patience helps, too! Depending on the size of your installation, the process can take up to an hour. —Anne Sage

Art Direction + Styling, Anne Sage. Photography, Carley Rudd. Florals, Wylie West Creative. Food Styling, La Femme Epicure.

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Supplies

Gather a selection from each of the following:

-Drapey greens such as sword fern leaves
-Assorted ivy
-Hanging amaranthus
-Green jasmine
-Plumosa ferns
-Bendy, delicate flowering branches or spires like spirea and larkspur
-Flexible, long-stemmed blossoms such as calla lillies, tulips, and garden roses
-Clustered, bunchy blossoms like sweet peas, jasmine, and spray roses

Next, round up the additional materials:

-Circle forms in desired size and quantity. We used barrel rings that had been salvaged from the flea market, but embroidery hoops or wire wreath frames in a variety of sizes would work, too
-Zip ties
-Green floral wire
-Garden sheers or sharp scissors
-Rope, twine, or monofilament for suspending installation

Steps

Step 1: Lay circle forms on the floor in your desired quantity and pattern. At each point of intersection, fasten the forms together with zip ties.

Step 2: Then tie your rope or twine to the two uppermost points the network of circles you’ve made and suspend the structure over your table at the desired height. (We had the advantage of ceiling beams for this, but for a smaller and lighter installation, screw hooks in the ceiling would work.)

Step 3: To build out the florals, start with the greenery and cover the rings entirely by fastening stems of fern, ivy, etc. to your forms with floral wire.

Step 4: Then tuck flowers into the greenery, working in order of least to most delicate and filling holes as you go along. If your installation will be viewed from both sides, be sure to adorn each side evenly with flowers. Let stems drape here and there for movement and interest!

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Comments

  • I love your posts but in this one we’ve got TWO very unhelpful tips involving fresh flowers. I know from own experience that you must NOT work with fresh flowers you can’t somehow provide with water. You slung them around a light string and here you show them in hanging (very beautifully done and artistic too – that’s not the problem!) circles.
    Only a week ago I bought the same green (gloriously beautiful) hydrangea flowers on my local market. They lasted one day, then I had to soak them, boil the stems, cut them back etc etc to make them hang on another day – I tried to dry them on day 3. Lesson learnt, wait until my own are in bloom – at least they won’t cost a fortue.
    Normally I don’t commet if I’ve nothing positive to say, for once I take exeption to my own rule. Sorry, rant over – steps down from the soap box….

    • Kiki

      I totally understand and normally I would agree. But this is a one day event set up (for a brunch), not a long-term solution. I know that the concept of a one-day set up isn’t for everyone (and I agree, it is at its core wasteful of flowers), but it can provide a beautiful one-day look that has a great impact. So it’s definitely not something we’d advise doing often, but this overall look is so gorgeous and it’s one that can, occasionally, be worth the one day life span of the plants/flowers used.

      Grace

  • Totally doing this to decorate my reception tent! I’d been planning on creating hanging strings of flowers from the top poles but this is a great way to create a more sculptural impact!

  • This is lovely! I’d say it’s even worthy of rewriting a bit of Whitney Houston… “I believe that circles our our future… intertwine with foliage to and let it uplift your day.” While the songs original reference to children is good, more circles in this world would benefit everyone. Thanks so much to the team who made this magic happen… and for Grace Bonney for creating this amazing channel of uplifting color and light.

  • Definitely going to try this at my birthday party this summer! :)
    And I have to ask; where did you buy all those lovely plates on the table?

  • Would love to do this or something for out of town event. Would it be possible to get comparable look using silks that could be made before and transported to site?

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