Sitting on a pink couch in her floral-filled office, Christy Doramus challenges me: "Why not take the flowers from the table and put them on the ceiling?" There are literally dozens hanging from the ceiling above our heads. She's calling the creation a flower chandelier, and she's ready to prove that any person — even those who swear they're floral-inept — can make it themselves.
Christy walks through the process step-by-step, and it really is less intimidating then it might look while scrolling through . Using just a wooden box, floral foam, zip ties, and faux flowers, Christy puts the flower chandelier together in about fifteen minutes. "It really is a DIY that is not intimidating at all," she says as she wraps it up. It's this determination and outside-of-the-vase thinking that got Christy where she is today.
Five years ago, Christy was working as a publicist in New York City, where she found herself making flower crowns underneath her desk. The accessory trend was just taking off (thank you, Coachella), and when she couldn't find a good place to buy one — or a decent tutorial anywhere — she realized there was a huge market for it. Eventually, her under-the-desk job became her full-time job, and now she runs CMD Creative, a creative consulting and floral and event design business.
Even less intimidating is Christy's flower frame trick. Using floral foam and flowers (faux or real), you can make an arrangement that zip ties to any picture frame.
"The rule is that there are no rules when it comes to florals," says Christy, who thinks you should go with your gut and pick colors that you like. Best DIY instructions ever, I'd say.
Make the Flower Chandelier and Frame
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