The Flower Drum LOVE BOMB!

by Lucy Feagins, Editor
Thursday 10th February 2011

The Flower Drum flower enthusiasts Holly Hipwell and Mylee Grace, showing off their fantabulous LOVE BOMBS!  All photos by Sarah Christensen (aka ‘Saresy’).

Gorgeous Love Bomb shots from The Flower Drum blog

OK GET READY.  These guys are TOTAL geniuses and will have their own TV show within about 3 weeks so I hope you’re paying attention!

Holly Hipwell is a self confessed 24 hour (7/11) flower enthusiast.  With Mylee, her trusty partner in floral crime, Holly trawls the fresh flower markets in Sydney and makes amazing kooky flowery creations.  The Flowerdrum is their diary of ‘wreckless & overly enthusiastic flower adventures’.  Holly says the growers out at the flower markets always ask ‘what do you do with all of these flowers if you dont sell them?!’.  Her response – ‘We create things just for the Flower Drum blog, and we do it for the love of flowers!’.

INTRIGUED?  You should be. OH YES.

Luckily for US, Holly and co have created a special project just for The Design Files – just in time for Valentines Day!  I PROMISE this year I will not blog any pink / red / heart shaped novelty presents… instead here is a gift money cannot buy – a LOVE BOMB lesson from the Flower Drum!

Over to you Holly! –

Valentines day is fast approaching!  Show your loved one how much you adore them with a LOVE BOMB! Do away with the dozen roses which will cost you approximately 50 billion dollars from the gorgeous florist in that ritzy suburb… And get ready to make some love bombs.

Here’s what you will need.

– A LOT of flowers. Depending on the size of your love, you may need up to 10 bunches!

– Carnations and roses work best. “Carnations?!” I hear you say… just trust me on this one.

– Floral foam – you can buy it in pre-made spheres which is really handy, usually available from florists and craft stores.

– Scissors (don’t act surprised)

– A large vessel of water to soak the floral foam.

– Love, usually available from within, but also available from your local hardware store.


Trimming flowers, soaking foam balls. All photos by Sarah Christensen

1) Trim your flowers down, so the stem is about 1-2 inches long. Be sure to cut the stem on an angle for extra stabbing power. If you are using roses, take away any petals that have turned into crusty demons or have slightly discoloured.

2) While you are doing this, get your handy assistant (if you have one) to throw a foam ball into water, let it sink to the bottom to ensure it soaks up as much water as possible!

Petal pushing!

3) Start petal pushing! Push the flower heads into the foam. We were feeling a bit fancy and decided to do designs on our flower bombs, you can see mine has a heart on it, however feel free to express your love in whatever design you want.

Halfway there…!

It can take a fair bit of time to make these, so don’t be making plans to meet your buddy at the movies in 5 minutes! You might just need their helping hand to finish filling in the underneath of the bomb. They can become very heavy, like 100 kilo’s heavy! You will see what I mean when you are making yours…

Getting a little help with the underside of the bomb

4) Keep plugging away until the flower bomb is looking completely gorgeous and lush, tie some string or ribbon through the top knot and you are ready to swing on over to your lovers land and gift them with your creation!

OMG. Who would NOT want to receive a Valentine from these two…!?

A HUGE THANKYOU to Holly and Mylee for brightening our week with their floral madness, and to their friend Sarah Christensen for the stunning pics.  If you would like to see more Flower Drum action on The Design Files please leave a comment and let us know…!  I would love to invite Holly back sometime if you’re keen to see more flowery antics!  Meantime make sure you bookmark the fantabuous Flower Drum blog!

by Lucy Feagins, Editor
Thursday 10th February 2011


  • Beth 6 years ago

    I was super excited when I saw this title, I though you might be blogging about the fantastic Chinese restaurant in Melbourne. Haha, totally off the mark! Flower bombs are soooooper cute! nice work girls!

  • Bec 6 years ago

    I freaking LOVE these flowerbombs!! They are fantastic, so cute, and despite being time consuming, don’t seem too difficult to make. I am totally going to try this out!! Did I mention that I LOVE these flowerbombs?!

  • Sara 6 years ago

    I <3 flower bombs! I feel the need to be creative, thanks for my morning inspiration!!

  • Jessica 6 years ago

    These are adorable! I am definately going to give these a try, thanks for brightening up my morning girls!

  • jess 6 years ago

    Would love more flower drum action on TDF. Just gorgeous.

  • Jiah 6 years ago

    I would love to see more. There must be a huge market for weddings.

  • Sarah Pammenter 6 years ago

    LOVE the flower boms! I would love to see more gorgeous creations from the girls at Flower Drum xx

  • Carla 6 years ago

    They would be a great primary school project with fresh or paper flowers. Very sweet indeed! Would love to see more.

  • Clare 6 years ago

    Oh, guest blog? Amateur floral arrangement is like, my new secret favourite blog thing right now. I have been doing some totally awesome arrangements Around The Home with the Mad Floral Skillz I have developed reading other blogs. I’d love the Flower Drum to do a series. I also like how crazily low-fi the blog is, compared to most flowery things.

  • Patti 6 years ago

    Love these flower bombs! pretty pretty!

  • captain kk 6 years ago

    spectacular! just found my new favourite blog.. thanks!

  • Kim 6 years ago

    What beautiful energy these girls have! Must be from dealing with flowers all the time. Love the post! More please!

  • Alison Lloyd 6 years ago

    Yes, please – bring us more! I love exciting things with flowers.

  • Melissa 6 years ago

    I’m so inspired to try these on the weekend….although i won’t be giving them away to my valentine!!

  • Paula 6 years ago

    The hilarious holly hipwell…I have never ever read anything so funny….nie to see all the poor carnations going to good use

  • Luci 6 years ago

    Those ladies are so FUNNY. I love it!! (The bombs are gorgeous, that doesn’t need repeating)

  • Hat 6 years ago

    Gorgeous! I made some of these years ago for a wedding – all with lisianthus. Pretty easy and so effective. Chryssies & marigolds work well too.

  • fairchildstreet 6 years ago

    Stunning. Would love to see more of them. Charmaine

  • Marjorie Rose 6 years ago

    Oohhhh I want to make one right now! Guess I have to wait until the weekend..

  • Sarah B 6 years ago

    Absolutely gorgeous!!

  • Curly 6 years ago

    You two are are hilarious! I love love love the flower bombs…. and I also love the dresses you both have on in the first photo…. designer or store name? xx

  • Butter Creative 6 years ago

    yes! i would love to see more floral antics! these are so pretty ;)

  • Carly 6 years ago

    Uber cool, flower bomb me please! They kind of look like Mexican piñatas.

  • Teresa 6 years ago

    this is absolutely fabulous. Thank you so much for the inspiration and lil bit of know. They are perfect for a lil DIY wedding!

  • lauren 6 years ago

    where do i get floral foam spheres in melbourne?

  • Emily 6 years ago

    Ugh! Amazing AND disgustingly cute!

  • susan 6 years ago

    How generous to share such a great idea. And great to see carnations getting the treatment they deserve – ie. they are fabulous flowers, whose reputation has been besmirched and de-valued in the last 30 years or so – their perfume bred out of them and used primarily as fill. Has – any other flower suffered such shocking treatment ie. sprayed various vile shades of blue and stuck in mean, awful bunches with bits of gypsophila and hot house chrysanthemums devoid of any character.

  • Jake P 3 years ago

    Beautiful work girls! I’m planning on doing this for Valentines! I wanted to ask : how many dozens of roses would work for a small (15cm) floral foam sphere? It looks like your small one is about 15cm :)

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