Stuck for a stylish but super cheap table decorating idea this Christmas? Look no further than the fake flower aisle at your local $2 dollar shop. Say what, you say? Fake flowers are usually on our no-go zone, but if you happen to have a bunch to hand, or want to create a gorgeous romantic inspired table setting on the cheap, then this is the DIY for you. We can imagine one per person scattered down the table with tendrils of ivy or greenery intertwined for an enchanting evening setting. This DIY is so inexpensive and highly effective, but also very messy! You are best to work over some plastic or newspapers and on the benchtop near the sink. Be warned, but it’s totally worth it!
- Fake flower head, preferably a light colour – we used a peach rose
- Pottery Plaster
- Tealights – you’ll need 2 per flower tealight
- Cup or bowl you can mix your plaster in. We used a disposable cup for the first layer and a plastic takeout container for the second as it needs to be wider that the first. You’ll see!
- Washi tape
- Disposable spoon or ice cream stick for mixing
- Optional, peg and paintbrush
Prep your flower by removing the green stem flower base and taking out the plastic inserts that might be in there to prop the petals up in place. Pop the plastic green base back on, but you might find your flower might be a little floppy now.
Pop one of the tealights out of the silver base and remove the wick, but pop the tealight back into it’s silver casing.
Mix some pottery plaster up in a cup, a thicker consistency than usual is required for the first layer. Per flower we used ¼ cup water to ½ cup plaster.
Pop your flower into the plaster mixture, completely submerging it in the plaster until it’s covered.
Take it out so it can set. At this point, you can pop a peg around the base to support it, or push it into the wax tealight where the wick was. Some of the petals may clump together, so have a play with them and unfurl them out, making sure there is space at the top for the tealight to sit in comfortably. This is the messy bit and it can start to get a little claggy, so move fast, but don’t stress – you’ll be applying another layer of plaster, just make sure you’re happy with the shape of the flower.
Leave to set. When dry, mix another batch of plaster, this time a bit runnier, similar to clay slip. Try ¼ plaster to ¼ water per flower. Again, dip the tealight flower back in – this is why you’ll need a bigger container as the flower is generally bigger and now solid and stiff!
Alternatively, you can try painting additional plaster over each petal, smoothing it out and covering any exposed petal or colour coming through.
Leave to set again using the peg or pushing into the tealight as before.
Once dry, as an additional touch, wrap the tealight in washi tape to it looks more like a base and less like a tealight.
Pop the second tealight in the top and set the table – you’re ready to go!