This is probably one of the floral installations I am most well known for. It all started with an installation at Topshop, and blossomed from there. Flower curtains create a petally perfect photo backdrop. Guests love getting a snap in front of them for Instagram, or they can be used in a doorway to mark the entrance to your soirée. Save this for a super-special celebration and wow your guests, all for minimal effort. Here are my tips on how to create a flower curtain.
No matter how small your home is, there will be a spot where this could work — you may just need to think creatively. It must be able to bear the weight of the installation, so plan carefully. If you’re having your party in the garden and have a big tree, a flower curtain would look beautiful dangling from the branches.
I have two techniques for this sort of installation, one using ribbon and the other using coloured metallic reel wire. The steps show both together, but feel free to use one or the other. In terms of ingredients, you'll need:
- Pole. You need a support from which to hang your flower curtain. Here I am using a wooden broom handle, but you could also use a curtain pole or any other length of wood or metal.
- Ribbons. Work out how much you need by measuring the space you are installing in and adding a little extra to allow for the tying. I tend to use a ribbon width of 2.5cm (1in)
- Metallic reel wire
- Paper-coated florist wire
- Flowers. In the example below I've used carnation, chrysanthemum, ranunculus, rose, spider gerbera, sweet william, and tulip.
The flowers used in this installation will be out of water for the duration, so choose things that are going to last. They will also be hung upside down, so it seems a shame to waste a flower with an incredible centre, like an anemone, on this. Tall stems with lots of flowers, such as delphinium, foxglove and stocks, work particularly well aesthetically, as they follow the linear nature of the curtain. Before you begin, cut all the flowers down to an inch or so below the bloom. Too much stem adds unnecessary weight and can make it trickier to attach the flowers.