How to Build a Hanging Floral Installation

I have always loved hanging floral installations. Ever since these magical suspended arrangements started popping up on Instagram and Pinterest feeds, I fell in love. These beautiful asymmetric organic structures are exotic and unique. And every time I would look at one, I would debate whether or not I should make it myself (it always felt like a daunting task!). Anyways, fast-forward a couple years (yup, it took that long, I like to simmer my ideas in my mind!) and I took the plunge to make one. I did this one to match my woodland floral tablescape (you can read about this tablescape here).

So to start building this structure, I had to get rid of the existing light fixture hanging above my dining table. I called in a handyman to do this (didn’t want to electrocute myself for this DIY!) After he took it down, I got said handyman to drill in some hooks into the ceiling, and these hooks were used to hold the hanging installation in place.

Now to create the actual structure, I used chicken wire and fishing line. Chicken wire is great because you can stick in florals and branches in an organic manner. I looped and tied a heavy duty fishing line to either end of the chicken wire so that I could hold the structure from the hooks on the ceiling. I’m a little extra cautious (didn’t want this experimental thing to fall on our heads while we are eating!), so I tied a bunch of knots in the same place, and then I used crimps and a crimp bead to give it one further lock (honestly, I don’t know how much of a difference the crimp beads actually made, but it helped my conscience!).

Once I had this in place, I slipped either end into the hooks on the ceiling, and then I started playing around with the florals and branches. This part is trial and error. I poked and prodded (sorry, I’m talking about it like it’s a piece of meat!) until I got a structure I liked. And then finally, to add what I like to call the wow-factor, I beaded in some fairy lights. Now these fairy lights might not be for everyone, but I personally love the twinkle of these in the evening. I actually bought remote controlled fairy lights from Amazon, so instead of having to dig my hands into the structure each time to manually switch it on, I can just say abra kadabra, and with the a flick of a wrist (and punch of a button), have this structure come to light.