How to Make a Summer Centerpiece


Summer time brings with it picnics, barbecues and family reunions, and that means adding a colorful centerpiece to liven up the table. Making your centerpieces at home is not only relatively easy, but economical when using flowers fresh from your garden, and what better flower to use, than the bright, cheerful sunflower that speaks of summer time. Consider how many tables you will be decorating and make enough of these summer centerpieces to decorate each one.

Step 1

Select a small paper bag, approximately 4 inches by 5 inches. Depending on how large or small you want the centerpiece, you can use any size bag. Use a colored bag for the most decorative look, but a white paper bag will work.

Step 2

Place a plastic water tray in the bottom of the bag. You can buy water trays at garden centers or floral shops. The tray will help protect the bag from getting wet.

Step 3

Soak a piece of floral foam in water for about five minutes or until completely saturated. Set the foam on a dish drainer to allow the excess water to drain off, then set the foam inside the bag, on the plastic water tray.

Step 4

Cut fresh sunflowers in the early morning before the late morning sun makes them wilt. Cut the stems with sharp clippers at a 45-degree angle and place in a vase of water until ready to use.

Step 5

Hold the flowers up against the outside of the paper bag to measure how much of the stem to cut. Cut the flowers to the appropriate height to fit inside the bag so the flower heads are at least 3 inches above the top of the bag.

Step 6

Insert the flowers into the floral foam to make your summer centerpiece, arranging as desired. Place taller flowers in the center of an arrangement, with gradually shorter flowers out around the edges.

Tips and Warnings

  • Do not cut fresh flowers more than 24 hours in advance of making the centerpiece.

Things You'll Need

  • Sunflowers
  • Paper bags
  • Plastic water tray
  • Floral foam
  • Scissors


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About this Author

Amy Madtson resides in southern Oregon and has been writing for Demand Studios since 2008, focusing on health and gardening for websites such as eHow and GardenGuides. Madtson has an Associate of Arts in business from Peninsula College in Port Angeles, Washington. She holds a childbirth educator certification and a one-year midwifery completion certificate.