I hosted a tapas night for some dear friends and we had sooooo much food (greedy so and sos) that the food and wooden board from Jamie Oliver became the centrepiece! I couldn’t resist adding some flowers into the mix somewhere so utilised my ceiling pendant by hanging some plastic test tubes from it and adding a few sprigs of gypsophila (or Babies Breath) into each one.

To create your own you will need:

– Test tubes (I’d recommend plastic incase one drops and ensure there’s an adequate lip at the top so the cotton doesn’t slide off. I got mine from a local scrap store but I’m sure eBay or Amazon stock them, or you could spray paint small yoghurt pots for example)

– Lightweight flowers that won’t immediately wilt without water or in the heat (or I’m personally not adverse to artificial ones! Read more on this here)

– Cotton (or fishing wire)

– Cellotape

– Scissors

To make:

– Work out approximately how long your cotton needs to be by checking the height the test tube needs to hang then doubling it (I didn’t cut the end of the cotton until later)

– Fold it in half then take the cotton where the middle point is and wrap it underneath the lip and around the test tube about five times so you have roughly the same length of cotton at either side of the test tube

– Using Cellotape, fix both strands of cotton in place at each side (so it will hang straight)

– Tie both strands of cotton together at the top then hook over your pendant light, or if you have a different design of light, tie the cotton to your appropriate fixing points (you can buy sticky back clear plastic hooks if there is no pendant)

– Ensure the test tube is hanging as straight as possible then add your flowers

Et voila! A hanging floral centrepiece using test tubes. Great for added interest, something different, or if like us you run out of space on your table!

Please tag @ohsokel and use #OSKinspired on Instagram if you create something after reading this post. I’d love to see the results!

Until next time,

OSK xx


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