The best part about these is that you can easily remove the flowers from the LEDs for storage when you are done, or easily change out the flowers for more variety.
(I am making these for a wedding bridal party, and we're looking forward to the flowers lighting our way down the aisle.)
Step 1: Gathering materials
- LED lights, battery powered. (The ones I like the best are Fairy Lights, which are very popular in the UK, but a little harder to find in the US. In the end, I bought them from this vendor, via ebay.). They come in many colors, and a variety of sizes (different numbers of lights per string). I got the 35 light string set for the bride, and the 15 light string sets for the bridesmaids. I got the white light sets, because I want my flowers to add color to the bouquet, not the lights. (The title image is the 15 light string set, with 12 flowers on it, and the 3 extra lights hidden randomly in the bunch).
- Simulated rose petals. (I bought these in bulk from here. Comes out to a penny a petal, if you get enough other stuff from their cool website for free shipping, etc.) Many more colors available there.
- 5/16" ID (inner diameter) clear PVC tubing. Can be found at any hardware store. You will need about 1 to 1.5 inches of tubing per flower.
- Double stick tape. After trying other glues, I found this works best, and is cheap and easy to find most anywhere (craft stores, hardware stores, office supply stores).
- Green pipe cleaners. Available at any craft store.
- A pair of scissors.
Optional: Soldering helper. I find the 'extra hand' indispensible. You can use anything that will hold the tubing in place while you stick the petals on.
Step 2: Preparing to assemble the flowers
2. Hold segment of tubing in clamp.
3. Put double stick tape around section of tubing.
Step 3: Assembling the flower
5. Hold petals tightly to tubing, then remove from the clamp.
6. Tightly wrap the green pipe cleaner around the base to hold the flowers in place, and to give it a bit of a stem.
7. Slip your LED light thru the tubing to complete your flower.
Step 4: Finishing the bouquet
If you decide to have fewer flowers than lights, I recommend doubling up on lights on the darker colored flowers (for instance, putting 2 LEDs in the red flowers). To do this, I actually ended up using a larger diameter tubing (7/16" inner diameter) because it's much easier to squeeze the lights through.
Gather up all the flowers in your hand, then arrange them as desired. To keep this arrangement, firmly hold the flowers in place, then keep them tightly together with a large rubber band. You can use a ribbon, or other more attractive tying apparatus if preferred. Wrap the ribbon around the remainder of the cord, and incorporate the battery pack into the handle/cords, being careful to keep the on/off switch at the bottom, uncovered.