Floating flower arrangements are an elegant and cost-conscious choice for creating dramatic designs. A striking watertight container, a handful of flat-bottom flowers and tepid water can make suitably stunning arrangements for dining or coffee table centerpieces, powder room counters or even entry hall table displays.
Select flowers that are in full bloom, have a relatively flat underside when open and are relatively lightweight for their size. Good examples are gardenias, full bloom roses, gerbera daisies, orchids, anthuriums, mums and dahlias.
Select a decorative watertight container that is either opaque, wide and shallow or tall or shallow and made of clear glass. Fill the container with water so that the flowers will be supported by the surface tension and float freely on the water.
Use flowers in odd-numbered configurations to present the most natural-looking arrangement, be it a single bloom in a small bowl or 19 roses floating in a large punch bowl.
Cut the flower from its stem, leaving a scant 1/2 inch of stem to act as a rudder or ballast; and remove most if not all of the leaves if they sit below the water surface. Glossy green gardenia leaves or lemon leaf can be wired onto the short stems to provide an underskirt for the floating flowers and add finish to the arrangement.
Set the flowers down on the surface of the water gently so as not to splash water on the petals. Leave plenty of space between the flowers and the container so that they do not look crowded and can move easily in the water.