This beautiful candle wreath centerpiece made with wildflowers recalls the magical glow of midsummer days, the slowly setting sun and grasses swaying in a warm summer breeze. It conjures up the mood of a balmy summer evening right up onto your table. It's such a quick and easy deco idea for summer weddings, birthdays or any summer celebration. If you let the flowers and grasses dry out naturally, you can use this floral table or door decoration right through Autumn too! To create a beautiful candle ring wreath for your home or garden, place a pillar candle in the centre of the wreath.
Foraging for flowers to make a candle wreath centerpiece
This candle wreath centerpiece looks beautiful made with hand-picked grasses and flowers - a perfect occasion for a Sunday stroll in the countryside. Take some me-time or gather up your children or friends for some wonderfully relaxing memory making and 'together moments'. Plants like Nigella (Love in a mist) and Alchemilla Mollis (Lady's Mantle) are easy enough to grow in the garden.
When you cut back your shrubs and plants in early summer, don't pile it all onto the compost heap. Keep back some cuttings for making wreaths and natural decorations. Some seed heads like Alliums can be hung upside down and left to dry. They make gorgeous décor for the Autumn and Winter months. If you're looking for a grass wreath, you can read that post here.
Making a candle wreath centerpiece
To make this candle ring centerpiece, you don't need much. Patience, time and joy are the most important requirements, except for the materials, of course. If you are crafting with friends, you will find that this gorgeous summer wreath almost binds itself. Time flies when you are having fun. Before your know it, you will all have a beautiful candle wreath centrepiece for your home or garden.
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Candle wreath centerpiece - Materials
- Selection of wildflowers/grasses/berries/seeds
- Straw wreath
- Florist's wire (Paddle wire)
- Glass hurricane lantern
- Candle Plate
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Creating the base layer for your candle wreath centerpiece
Wrap the florist's wire around the wreath a few times and tie it off. We will be using the wire to wrap the wildflowers onto the wreath and won't be cutting it again until we've finished.
First, we need to create a base layer. For that, I'm using Shepherd's Purse. Shepherd's Purse grows abundantly at the edge of hedgerows and forests where I live. I'm also adding Alchemilla Mollis (Lady's Mantle). You could also use any grass for the base layer.
We are just covering up the straw wreath and padding it out a little. Use the florist's wire to bind Shepherd's Purse and Alchemilla Mollis onto the straw wreath base overlapping a little as you go so as not to leave any gaps. If any long ends are sticking out, you can cut them off close to the wreath with a pair of scissors. (See my Grass Wreath and Christmas Wreath tutorials for more on the wreath binding technique)
Candle wreath centerpiece - Flower Layer
Start to fill in with some of the large wildflowers. I don't mind if my wildflower wreath looks a little messy it's supposed to be wild, that's OK! If you'd prefer your flower wreath to look more compact, wrap more wire around it.
Here's the fun part! Gather together small bundles of flowers into posies. Try to take the same amount of every plant into each bundle but don't worry, it's not supposed to be perfect.
Place a flower posy onto the wreath and wrap the florist's wire over the top of it to attach it to the wreath. Continue doing this, overlapping the wildflower posies until you get back to where you started.
Now, you can cut the florist's wire and tie it off on the back of the wreath.
Finishing the wreath for the candle wreath centerpiece
Take a look at your floral wreath from all angles. Use more wildflowers or seed heads to fill any gaps. You can tuck them into the wreath or underneath the existing wire on the wreath.
Candle wreath centerpiece
If you use this wildflower wreath as a table centerpiece, place the flower wreath onto a display plate. Add a glass jar, vase or hurricane lantern into the centre of the wild flower wreath and pop a large pillar candle inside. I added some white sand to the bottom of the hurricane lantern after I added the candle. Alternatively, you could add a lovely ribbon and hang your wildflower wreath on a door/window or stand it up on a shelf.
I hope you enjoyed this candle wreath centerpiece tutorial. Do you think you would have a go at making one of these?
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Happy summer crafting!
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