One of our first projects. We call these “Aqua Crystals” because when you add water (aqua) to them they swell up 200% and look like crystals. They can be colored during the absorption process to match any decoration. We use this product in many of our projects and can be purchased in ball or flower form. Also, we can get very small grains to simulate snow when mixed with water. Great for areas that would like to have “snow” in decorations and photos but cannot because of a warm climate.
We’ve colored our Aqua Crystals the same as the red roses
and added a “Flora-Lyte” to the glass container.
How to hydrate Aqua Crystals:
1. Fill a large bowl with 6 cups of warm water.
2. Add 1 heaping teaspoon of dry crystals. In only two hours you will have 5 cups of large crystals to work with. Strain and you’re ready to go. If you want to color them, add food coloring to the warm water BEFORE you add the dry crystals. Video tutorials available.
Aqua Crystals only $9.99/lb through Sept. 30!
Aqua Beads only $8.99/lb through Sept. 30!
“Flora-Lytes” $5.00 each
Size: 3/4″ X 1-7/8″
Includes 30″ stretch cord (can be used to hang in lanterns/on branches)
One time use, meaning the batteries are not replaceable.
Last 36-48 hours.
Has a pull tab that allows it to be turned on and off
I know…it’s not a great name but it best describes what it is. We used a plastic 21″ tall column with some flowers. Since plastic is clear the flowers appear to be “floating.” For the base we used a simple glass container and glass beads from the dollar store. Column is fixed to base with “cling”. Also called, “Tower Vase Centerpiece.” Video tutorial available.
This project is similar except the entire column is covered in pearls (plastic beads) and silver ribbon. As with other projects like this, the flowers are inserted through the opening on top of the column. It used the same glass base and beads. Column is fixed to base with “cling”.
In this photo, from my sister’s wedding, we actually used a 30″ plastic lomey pedestal but they are costly, and hard to find, so we recommend going with a smaller height. It can also be easily covered with small plastic beads (pearls) by gluing the first one on the bottom and carefully winding them up and gluing the last one in place. It gives our inexpensive 21″ Pedestals a very upscale and expensive look. You could also use a 21 or 30″ column instead of the pedestals.
Instead of flowers only a dozen feathers were used. For the base we used a simple glass container and glass beads from the dollar store. Battery operated “Flora-Lytes” light up the base.
This is a really nice and easy project to do. It takes awhile to complete only because we have to make a “scratch” coat on the glass plate. What that means is you have to put a coat of acrylic water on the surface of the glass plate so that you can hot glue the pedestals to it and glue plastic to plastic. If you try to glue plastic pedestals to the glass plate…it will eventually come undone.
It’s a really great project to do because even if you put just the same amount of flowers and greenery, fresh or silk, that you would put into a bud vase …it looks so much nicer.
I also like to set it on a mirror tile to reflect as much light as possible from the votive cups. The height of the tallest votive cup is the perfect height, 14 inches, to see over to the guests at the other side of the table. It was designed so there would be plenty of room on the tables for family style service. Video tutorial available.
Our 21″ simple Plastic Pedestals were easily covered with pearls. We stepped it up quite a bit by adding a tray at the top and using our 14″ Pedestals to create a candelabra. It gives our inexpensive 14″ & 21″ Pedestals a very upscale and expensive look. Instead of flowers only a dozen feathers were used. Battery operated votive candles make this a safe candelabra. So safe you do not need votive cups for it. Just glue them to the top of the pedestals. For the base we used a simple glass container and glass beads from the dollar store.
Here is a slight variation on the Feather Candelabra…
25″ and 30″ Wood Pedestals can be painted any color. We adding a tray at the top and using 14″ Lomey Pedestals to create a candelabra “look” at a VERY inexpensive price. Instead of flowers only 12 feathers were used. Battery operated votive candles make this a safe candelabra. So safe you do not need votive cups for it. Just glue them to the top of the pedestals. We put inexpensive gold spool beads on the pedestals. You can get a specific color or just spray paint white beads.