Sometimes I run across a brilliant idea and wonder why I’ve never seen it or thought of it before!? Adorable teeny flower arrangements in hanging tea cups definitely fall into that category. I haven’t been able to stop thinking about them since I saw them over at Snippet and Ink. (How wonderful is the rest of this wedding, too? Boutonnieres arranged on a floral lined tray, custom illustrated fans! Swoon!)
It was only a matter of time before I tried my hand at making my own. I’d rate this project as a 2 in difficulty on a scale of 1-10. I really couldn’t believe how fast and easy this came together. All you need is:
A roll of crepe paper streamers (I used these instead of the fabric strips used in the wedding inspiration)
A tea cup with saucer
Alstroemeria flowers (sometimes called Peruvian Lilly)
Blue painters tape
Stapler filled with staples
Something to hang the arrangement from (I used my chandelier, but the wedding inspiration used shepherd hooks.)
Measure the length you would like the arrangement to hang. Cut a piece of the streamer 4 times that length plus another 8 inches. The extra inches allow for the width of the saucer and some extra length for stapling.
Loop the streamer twice around whatever you are hanging the arrangement from. Staple the two ends of the streamer together. I used 3 staples across the width of the streamer and it held just fine. Tuck the stapled part under so it won’t be visible.
Gently place the saucer into the loop of streamers. Separate the two layers of streamer a little so the saucer is help firmly in place.
Put just a little water in the tea cup. Water is heavy, so don’t fill it all the way, just a 1/4 – 1/2 inch should do it. Cut the alstroemeria short so that the blossoms and leaves just rest on the rim of the tea cup. Two stems of alstroemeria should fill the tea cup nicely.
If you’re nervous, fold over a bit of blue painters tape so it’s sticky on both sides and stick on the bottom of the tea cup. Then gently place the tea cup in the saucer. Voila! Suspended adorableness.