How to Make Flower Centerpieces with Real Flowers


A real floral centerpiece provides an elegant touch that fake flowers cannot accomplish. Whether it's a small dinner party or large gathering, you can create your own arrangements to match your event's color scheme. Many design styles and flower choices are available, so feel free to use your imagination. However, keep in mind that real flowers need water and a cool environment to stay fresh as long as possible. To get started, practice with a small round centerpiece arrangement.

Step 1

Soak the floral foam in water while you trim the stems of your real flowers with an angled cut to equal nine-inch lengths, using scissors. An angled cut will help the stems absorb water. Insert the floral foam in the round bowl. Place a daisy in the top center of the foam to create a starting point. Push the stem in to a depth of one inch.

Step 2

Insert the green fern into the foam, leaving spaces in between for the flowers to be added later. Insert the remaining daisies between the fern to create an equal working diameter. Step back and view your arrangement to make sure it creates a triangle shape.

Step 3

Add three mums around the edge of the bowl to create a bottom layer. Push the stems in to a depth of one inch. Repeat this action with the remaining flowers, alternating color and type. Push the stems in approximately ½ inch farther with each new row until you reach the top.

Step 4

Insert baby's breath if necessary to fill out empty spaces and create a compact design.

Tips and Warnings

  • It is best to leave the stems the same length because you can always push one in farther or pull out farther if needed to make your design uniform.

Things You'll Need

  • 8-inch round bowl
  • Floral foam
  • Scissors
  • 6 stems of fern
  • 3 stems of daisy
  • 6 stems of mums
  • 6 stems of miniature carnations
  • Baby's breath


  • "Flower Arranging: Step-by-Step Instructions for Everyday Designs;" Teresa P. Lanker; 2006

Who Can Help

  • Wholesale Flowers for Weddings and Events
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About this Author

Yvonne Ward began her professional writing career in 2004 with the publication of "Pickin' Cotton Sure Is Hard Work" in the book "Golden Short Stories Volume 1" for the Dahlonega Book Festival. She has since written a true crime book published in 2010, with contracts for two more. Ward is pursuing a Master of Arts in history and culture from Union Institute and University.