Good morning， everyone!
So you might recall I had my first centerpiece trial a few weeks ago. The end result looked like this：pillow shams floral
The problem is， I used fake flowers! I really want to use real flowers for my reception because (a) they're actually more cost-effective than using the silk ones I purchased at $3-5/stem， and (b) I just think real flowers are much much prettier (：
So I went to the store to pick up a few items：
I already had the candle sticks from last week， but I bought some flower foam ($1.12baby pillow， Hobby Lobby)， feathers ($1.09， Hobby Lobby)， and 4 carnations， 4 roses， and 1 hydrangea ($10.71， Horrocks Market).
I started with the hydrangea. First， I cut a small chunk of the flower foam and stuck it in the candlestick (along with some water!) (although I didn't take a picture with water) (sorry)：
Then I cut individual sprigs off of the？hydrangea. I know that they don't survive a very long time without the rest of the bunch， and I learned thanks to an awesome comment on my last post that they need PLENTY of water， so this totally might not work for the amount of time I need it to (I'll let you know).
I stuck each piece into the side of the foam like so：
And then added another sprig：
And after 3 it looked like this! Totally cute：
I also bought some pink carnations–；TOTALLY budget-friendly. I know that they kind of have a had reputation for being “；cheap，”； but I think they look quite nice when they are tightly together and they're also my grandma's favorite flower (：
First， I put some feathers in to add a little somethin' somethin'：
Then， I cut the carnations very short：
And squeezed them in with a bit of water! And ta-da!
The roses were easy-peasy： just cut the stem and plop them on candle sticks. And here is my end result：
Obviously they are not the “；rightest”； colors–；I'm still looking for everything to be a dusty pink. However， the nice lady at the flower market told me that it shouldn't be a problem to order these flowers in the correct color in bulk. So they're ALMOST right! What do you think？？
ALSO， I bopped around a few Goodwills in the area and found a couple of these guys：
I got 8 different candlesticks (and 1？candelabra!) for $9! Not bad I don't think (： So， I added some black spray paint (same can from last time)：
Continued my painting operation (my neighbors thought I was so？bizarre？taking pictures of everything I was doing haha)：
And I ended up with 8 cool new candlesticks：
I added the silk flowers to make them look cute， and here's my final result!
I am exceedingly happy with how these are turning out! And can I just say I love this？candelabra？! I hope I can find more!
So how are your centerpieces going？ Anyone else working with candlestick flowers？ Any other cool ideas？ I wish you nothing but the best luck with all of your DIY projects!
Have fantastic weeks!
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