How to make a foam-free candelabra arrangement

British flowers, bradford on avon

I’m keeping it simple in today’s title. Foam-free arrangements are something that have interested me for a while, it was massively inspiring to see Flowers-from-the-farm gold medal winning stand at this years Chelsea flower show use foam free mechanics all the way through their display.

This photo below might look a bit odd, but I will explain. I had two geometric shapes which I stuffed full of damp moss and test tubes. I then cable-tied them onto the candelabra to secure them into place as your see in the follow photo.

British flowers, bath

The start of the arrangement

Bradford on Avon, wedding florist

Cable-ties in place.

I found the choice of foliage quite interesting. It needs to be quite sturdy stems to be able to poke them in. The moss also needs to be more damp than you think, if it’s too dry the stems get stuck as you push in and break. With oasis, your able to create quite a rounded shape, but with this mechanic, the shape becomes much more free? I guess more relaxed and informal too….

British flowers, bradford on avon

Love in the mist looking pretty

Wedding flowers, south west.

Side one of the candelabra

I came back to the arrangement the next day and took another go at it, using a bulkier foliage helped and damping down the moss more gave the flowers easier access. I had some variegated Pittosporum and some plum coloured foliage (the name of it escapes me)

Again, any sense of manicured shape went out the window and I had to embrace the free-flowing style, cue lots of laughter. In the end though, this type of style is not going to be everyone’s cup of tea but for a grey old Friday afternoon I kind of liked it.


Wedding flowers, southwest

Side two