Making Flower Centerpieces

Overview

Create an eye-catching centerpiece for your table using fresh or artificial flowers. A well-designed centerpiece complements the size of the table and the other elements of the place settings without competing or being overshadowed. Size in important, as a centerpiece should not block eye contact not the flow of conversation across the table. Low centerpieces or those where the bulk of the flowers set above eye level are preferable. The size of the flowers also determines the best size and container for your centerpiece design.

Short Centerpiece

Step 1

Group three clear glass tumblers together on a round table, or line the tumblers up in a row along the center of a long table. Alternately, use Mason jars instead of tumblers.

Step 2

Place a clear shot glass inside each tumbler. Fill the space between the shot glass and the sides of the tumbler with floral marbles, shells or decorative pebbles. Fill the tumbler until the top of the filler material is level with top of the shot glass.

Step 3

Fill the shot glass with water if you are using real flowers. Add a purchased floral preservative following package directions.

Step 4

Cut the stems of three large flowers, such as carnations, Shasta daisies or zinnias, to a length that is no longer than the tumbler's height. Cut the stem at an angle to aid in water uptake, which helps keep the flowers fresh. Use flowers of a single color or combine colors to match the other décor.

Step 5

Set the stems into the shot glass. Arrange the flowers so they are spaced equally and give the arrangement a mounded appearance just above the rim of the tumbler.

Tall Centerpiece

Step 1

Set a 12- to 15-inch tall vase in the center of the table. Place a 1- to 2-inch layer of floral marbles in the bottom of the vase if it is clear. Marbles aren't necessary in opaque or colored glass vases.

Step 2

Fill the vase with water. Add a floral preservative according to the directions on the packet.

Step 3

Cut the bottom of each flower stem at an angle prior to arranging. Remove any leaves that will sit beneath the water level in the vase.

Step 4

Insert the larger flowers into the vase first, placing them near the center of the arrangement. Place smaller blossoms around the edges. Adjust and add flowers until the arrangement forms an evenly rounded mound atop the vase. Use a single type of flower, such as roses, or combine two or more flowers, such as a daisies and carnations.

Step 5

Insert filler, such as baby's breath or fern leaves, between the flowers. Trim the filler so it does not extend beyond the top of the arrangement. Filler is optional, though more flowers are necessary for a full arrangement if filler isn't used.

Things You'll Need

  • Tumblers
  • Shot glasses
  • Floral marbles or pebbles
  • Flowers
  • Floral preservative
  • Tall vase
  • Plant filler

References

  • University of Kentucky Extension: Centerpieces and Table Decorations
Keywords: flower centerpiece ideas, handmade floral centerpieces, arranging cut flowers

About this Author

Jenny Harrington has been a freelance writer since 2006. Her published articles have appeared in various print and online publications, including the "Dollar Stretcher." Previously, she owned her own business, selling handmade items online, wholesale and at crafts fairs. Harrington's specialties include small business information, crafting, decorating and gardening.