How to Make a Floral Candelabra

Display this extravagant candelabra on tables, the mantel or in windows.

Photo by: Laura Dowling/Stichting Kunstboek

Laura Dowling/Stichting Kunstboek


  • large plastic flared bucket, 10"-12" opening
  • masking tape
  • (2) bunches magnolia leaves
  • hot glue gun and sticks
  • 2-3 oasis foam bricks
  • (5) 18" cream-colored taper candles
  • wired wood picks
  • floral tape
  • (1) bunch cream or white roses
  • (2) bunches star of Bethlehem
  • (4) bunches paper white narcissus
  • (1) bunch seeded eucalyptus
  • (2) bunches lemon leaf salal tips
  • (1) bunch plumosa vine

Prep Bucket

Wrap the plastic bucket with masking tape to create a surface for attaching the leaves.

Attach Magnolia Leaves

Take individual magnolia leaves, fold the green side in, and hot glue the spine of the leaf into the bucket working in lines from bottom to top around the vase. Continue adding and stacking leaves, taking care to glue the spines close together, covering the entire bucket.

Place Floral Foam

Cut the floral foam bricks and place inside the bucket until completely covered, making sure to wedge pieces in securely. Fill the bucket with water.

Add Lemon Leaves First

Build the foundation and general form of the bouquet by inserting lemon leaves into the foam, creating a loose, roundish shape.

Add Remaining Flowers

Insert roses, working from the outside edges and working towards the middle, adding stems to follow the shape of the magnolia leaf vase. Alternate adding roses, lemon leaves and eucalyptus stems. Next, add star of Bethlehem at various heights throughout the bouquet. Finally, insert the narcissus using 2-3 stems together to fill gaps, turning the bouquet after you place each grouping.

Project courtesy of A White House Christmas by Laura Dowling

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