Silk Flower Lighted Branches Floral Arrangement Tutorial ~ Create a gorgeous silk floral arrangement with lighted branches using the easy THRILLER, SPILLER, FILLER method.
Do like to buy souvenirs when you travel? If so, what kind do you like to bring home from your trips? I quite enjoy doing a bit of shopping when I am away visiting a different city or country. But I don’t like to buy the typical souvenir that you typically find in souvenir shops. I am referring to items like shot glasses, ornaments and gag gifts or gadgets bearing the name of the location. I prefer to buy something that I can use or can add to my home décor. Not only does it have a function but it is also a great memory piece representative of a trip.
I few years ago I was able to go to a conference in San Francisco. After the conference I along with three other colleagues rented a car and made a bit of a road trip down the California coast for a couple of days. We stayed overnight in Carmel-By-The-Sea. What a gorgeous quaint town! It is filled with European inspired shops and cottage-style homes. The homes do not have house numbers but are rather identified by their name. The names are just as quaint and delightful as the homes themselves such as ‘Acorn Cottage’, ‘Blue Aspen’, ‘Cimmaron and ‘Moonstruck’.
During our stay in Carmel-By-The-Sea we went for dinner to a restaurant. I don’t remember the name of the restaurant or even what I ordered. However, I do remember the restaurant had a lot of windows and in each window were beautiful lighted branches placed in various types of tall vases. They looked gorgeous and I fell in love with them. I asked the server where they came from and it was a shop in town that sold them. You can guess that I was in that shop the next morning because I had my idea for a souvenir to take home. I ended up buying two different kinds of branches. One branch was quite tall and the second branch was shorter. Fortunately, they came packaged in boxes because it was a bit interesting carrying them on the plane for my flight home.
I knew I wanted to use them in a floral arrangement. But this was one of those projects that took a couple of years to finally get done. If you have been following me, you will now that every month I team up with eleven other Canadian bloggers for our months #12monthsofDIY challenge. Each month we are assigned a different material to create a new DIY project. This month the assigned material is one of my favourites! It is silk florals!
At the end of this post you will see what everyone else created with their silk florals! It is amazing the variety of creative ideas from this group of equally creative bloggers.
I have made a number of floral arrangements for both indoors and outdoors that I have shared on the blog. I am not professionally trained florist but I do have a method that really helps create something gorgeous. It is the THRILLER, SPILLER, FILLER method and that is the method I use in this Silk Floral Lighted Branches Floral Arrangement Tutorial.
I also want to thank Afloral.com for the opportunity to work together. Their silk flowers and choices of silk flowers are both beautiful and an excellent quality.
I am glad it took me a couple of years to finally get this DIY project completed so I could work with these very special silk flowers.
Silk Flowers Lighted Branches Floral Arrangement Tutorial
- opaque tall vase
- vase filler (enough to fill about half the vase)
- 1 taller lighted branch
- 1 shorter lighted branch
- 2 silk fern sprays
- 3 large silk hydrangeas
Fill your tall vase about halfway with vase filler. For my vase filler I used coffee beans! The reason why is that was what I had in the house. You can also purchase vase fillers at the craft store and I have even seen at the dollar store.
TIP TIME: I recommend using an opaque vase and not a clear one so all of the stems, branches and vase filler are hidden.
Insert the lighted branches inside the vase. I placed the shorter one in front of the taller one. I also made sure the electrical cords were at the back out of sight. The lighted branches are the THRILLER in the floral arrangement.
TIP TIME: Make sure when you purchase the lighted branches they come with long electrical cords that will easily reach an electrical outlet.
Insert the two silk fern sprays along the base of the tall vase. Use your fingers to press, bend and twist the fern leaves so they spill over and out from the vase. This is the SPILLER in the floral arrangement.
Insert the three silk hydrangeas in the center of the floral arrangement. Place them in front of the taller lighted branch and behind the shorter lighted branch. Also try to make them different heights. This means you may have to trim the stems with a wire cutter.
TIP TIME: I could not find my wire cutter so I just used a pair of pliers to hold the stem while I twisted it back and forth until it snapped off. That works too!
That is all that needs to be done in this SILK FLOWER LIGHTED BRANCHES FLORAL ARRANGEMENT TUTORIAL!
This is what it looks like during the day…
What makes this floral arrangement particularly special is that it is also gorgeous at night when the lighted branches are plugged in!
Final Words: I do not remember the name of the restaurant or the shop I purchased these lighted branches in Carmel-By-The-Sea. But there are many online shops that sell lighted branches and I have also seen them at the Michaels craft store.
Once you have the lighted branches you can make your arrangement any colour that fits your home décor. As you can see the colours in my home are fall colours including burgundy, rust and a linen white. I can see this floral arrangement being equally beautiful using pink, teal or even white silk hydrangeas with green silk fern leaves.
Thanks for sharing Silk Flower Lighted Branches Floral Arrangement Tutorial!
Here are other floral arrangements that I have made using the THRILLER, SPILLER, FILLER flower arrangement method that you may want to check out as well to see how clever and easy this method is for anyone to use:
Disclaimer: I was compensated by Afloral.com for this post. However, the opinions expressed as always are my own. The silk flowers really are gorgeous and fabulous to work with.
Your Turn: What colours would you make your silk flower light branches arrangement? What kind of souvenirs do you like to buy when you go on a trip?
Now have fun visiting the other bloggers silk flower DIY projects for more inspiration!
Silk Flower Lighted Branches Floral Arrangement Tutorial from Time With Thea (that’s me!)
Have an inspired day!