How to Make Floral Centerpieces


Floral centerpieces purchased through a florist or at the store can be expensive, and you cannot be assured of the freshness of the flowers. Making your own floral centerpieces at home allows you to use the freshest flowers, preferably straight from your garden, and with few floral supplies needed, it will not break the bank. Breaking away from traditional floral centerpieces, these flower balls add a touch of class to any table for any occasion.

Step 1

Select a 6 inch floral foam ball and soak in water for at least 5 minutes or until completely saturated. Set aside on a dish drainer or colander to allow excess water to drain off.

Step 2

Use a craft knife, shave off a section of the ball so it is flat on the bottom. Set the ball on a footed cake plate that is about 8- to 10-inches in diameter, slightly larger than the foam ball.

Step 3

Cut carnation stems to a length of approximately 2 inches. Cut at a 45-degree angle which helps the flowers to absorb more water. If not using immediately, store the cut flowers in a vase of water.

Step 4

Insert the flowers into the foam ball starting at the top and working down towards the bottom. Cover the ball completely, placing the flowers closely together.

Step 5

Refresh the floral centerpiece by holding the bottom of the foam ball in water so it becomes saturated. Do this every few days as needed. Once the flowers begin to wilt, new flowers can be added.

Tips and Warnings

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

Things You'll Need

  • Floral foam balls
  • Craft knife
  • Footed cake plates
  • Carnations
  • 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.