Instead of the usual cut flowers, make your next centerpieces using potted flowers, to give them longer-lasting beauty that can be enjoyed long after your special event is over. Making your centerpieces costs just a fraction of having a florist make them and it allows you to pick just the right flowers and colors, even using flowers that you planted. Preparing ahead of time, you can plant flower seeds and have the flowers ready in time to make the centerpieces for that special event.
Use terracotta flower pots that are twice as big as the containers that the potted flowers are grown in. It is best to use smaller potted flowers such as 4-inch pots, otherwise the potted flowers can be too big for the tables.
Spray about one-quarter of a terracotta pot with spray adhesive, and working quickly, sprinkle colored sand over the adhesive. Hold the pot over an old cookie sheet or bucket and shake off any excess sand from the pot. Spray another quarter of the pot, sprinkle sand over it and shake off the excess; continue in this manner until the whole pot is covered with sand. Let dry completely. Repeat for all the pots you will be using.
Leave the potted flower in its original container and set inside the decorated terracotta pot. Wrap a piece of raffia around the pot twice and tie the loose ends into a shoelace bow in the front. Repeat for all of the potted flowers.
Group the potted flowers on the tables for the centerpieces. Depending on the size of the table, you may put four to five potted flowers in the center of each table. Around the outside of the potted flowers, place small votive candles in glass holders. Light the candles right before the event begins.