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Two DIY Submersible Wedding Flower Centerpieces

DIY projects are everywhere, from household projects, fashion to beauty products.  Their popularity grows because DIY projects can give you just what you want and save you money.

Why not DIY your wedding flowers?  You can customize your flower arrangements to the right colors, types and style while saving a ton of money.

Today I have two fabulous DIY wedding flower arrangements, that require minimal materials, are simple and affordable. Submersible wedding centerpieces are a hot new wedding trend made up of basic materials, flowers, vases and water.  Add a few accessories like candles to dress up the arrangement.  Best of all make these arrangements for under $20 each vase!

DIY Submersible Orchid & White Ginger Centerpiece

DIY Submersible Orchid and White Ginger Centerpiece, 4 products, 4 steps, under $20 each vase
DIY Submersible Orchid and White Ginger Centerpiece, 4 products, 4 steps, under $20 each vase
  1. Trim your floral stems to the height or just a bit over the cylinder vase.
  2. Once stems are trimmed the same length bring the stems together.  To achieve the same look as the afloral.com centerpiece use 2 orchid stems upright and turn 1 ginger stem upside down, so that the flower is at the bottom of the arrangement.
  3. Gently twist the stems together and secure them in place with a waterproof adhesive.
  4. Place the floral arrangement into the vase and fill it with water about 3” from the top.  Finishing touches, add a floating candle for an accent.

DIY Square Submersible Centerpiece

DIY Square Submersible Centerpiece, 3 products, 3 steps, under
DIY Square Submersible Centerpiece, 3 products, 3 steps, under $15 each vase (photo credit: mbellish.blogspot.com)
  1. Trim the flowers from the dendrobium orchid spray (about 9 flowers per spray).
  2. Place flower blooms loosely around the square vase to be seen on all four sides.
  3. Fill with water and finish with a floating candle on top.

Pair various heights of square vases together as seen in our inspiration photo. Candles and a mirror base are the perfect accents to pull the whole look together.

Submersible flower arrangements are sleek and beautiful the perfect fit for an elegant, modern or chic wedding.  They are a step away from traditional floral centerpieces but showcase elegant flower stems in a stunning new way.

Purple Winter Wedding Centerpieces ~ Lynn’s Inspiration Board

purple-centerpiece-LynnCenterpiece Inspiration Photo{Top}:  Birds of a Feather  |  Floral Designer:  Gerrilyn Gianna Event & Floral Design
{Bottom}:  Lisa Rigby Photography  |  Hobart’s Fine Florals

{Lynn’s Request}
Hello,  My wedding theme is going to be diamond and pearls.  I just love the thought, but here is the problem, I have no clue what flower arrangement or centerpiece would look nice with this.  I am getting married inside a wedding venue.  Considering it will be winter time, I love the thought of just a little bit of snow.  I love, love, love the color purple so my wedding colors are purple, and lavender with a splash of silver.  I would also like to add a little bit of green and fuchsia if that would look ok.  I love candelabra, led lights, and water pearls of course with some sort of flower arrangement. I can see the most beautiful flowers and reception centerpieces possible but my ideas are all over the place.  One minute I’m looking at candles, flower arrangements with submerged flowers I’m just everywhere lol please help.  Thanks

{Lynn’s Centerpiece Details}
These elegant purple centerpieces via Belle The Magazine and The Knot  can be recreated with Purple Orchids, Ranunculus, & Hydrangeas, and Lavender Roses.  To add some sparkle and shine, hang our Crystal Jewels from the centerpieces and use Silver Diamond Reflection Table Runners and Purple Votive Candle Holders.  Happy Planning, Mindy

Candleabra-Centerpiece-Purple-WeddingPurple Orchid & Rose Candelabra Centerpiece Inspiration via Afloral.com


DIY Centerpieces featuring Glass Vases

glass vase, apartmenttherapy.com

Glass vases are often the foundation for a great wedding centerpiece.

They come in all shapes and sizes, from short and square, tall cylinders, large hurricanes to fish bowls.  We’ve featured countless vases in afloral.com DIY wedding centerpiece projects.

Each type of vase offers it’s own unique way to showcase beautiful floral stems.  But quite often with the end product, not much attention is given to the vase.

Well, today we’re going to shine a special spotlight on this often un-recognized, yet essential product – the glass vase.  The most accessible and affordable  vases can be found at your local dollar store.  When planning a big wedding where you’ll need lots of vases, keep in mind you can order in bulk online at the Dollar Store and have them ship the cases to the store where you can pick them up at  your convenience.  That’s where Afloral gets all their vases for their wedding design ideas!

To showcase what great centerpiece options the versatile glass vase provides we’ll take a look back at a few favorite afloral.com DIY wedding projects and introduce a couple new ones.  The inexpensive Dollar Store glass vase paired with affordable silk wedding flowers are any bride’s dream; they’ll offer you a stylish look at a cheap wedding price.

orchid centerpiece, afloral.com


For a simple, classic look glass vases of any shape and size work for a bouquet of arranged flowers.  A tall trumpet vase was the right fit for the tall, slender dendrobium orchid silk floral stems.  This afloral.com DIY centerpiece is a simple, classic arrangement of 3 types of silk orchid stems. The exotic stems brilliantly explode at the top of the trumpet vase, the sheer volume and presence of the arrangement is sure to be a show stopper for wedding guests.  The centerpiece will hold those in awe around the reception table; but it is also the perfect height, sitting above their eye level to still allow guests see each other and mingle.




floral, vase centerpiece, marthastewart.com

Think Outside the Vase

Go the opposite route of traditional.  This fabulous DIY centerpiece project from marthastewart.com takes things outside the vase.  One simple trimmed floral stem is wrapped on the outside of the cylinder vase, showcasing it’s sleek beauty, with a colored string or use colored wire.  Slip a votive candle inside the case for a dual arrangement and lighting.  Guests will admire and be intrigued by this original floral idea.





jumbo dahlia centerpiece, afloral.com

The Filler

Glass vases not only show off floral stems they also provide a great way to display arrangement accents.  Fill a tall vase with river rocks, beaded jewels or crushed acrylic ice.  This accent will bring an additional element of style to the floral arrangement.  Remember back to our Bold, Jumbo Dahlia centerpieces.  Modern, tall cylinder vases were the perfect foundation for a simple arrangement of jumbo dahlia silk floral stems and moss ball fillers. Picture this beautiful silk flower arrangement at your reception; it is sure to make a statement. Deep rich tones of fall are captured in orange and plum, burgundy dahlia silk flowers; accented by by a burst of bright green in the moss balls.


orchid submersible centerpiece, afloral.com

Get All Wet

Next up is our trend alert! We debuted the hot new trend of submersible floral arrangements with two different white wedding options.  The dendrobium orchid and white ginger DIY centerpiece and the calla lily DIY centerpiece.  Both took the unique shape of a glass vase and used it to showcase the beauty of long, slender and sleek silk wedding florals.  First up, the white orchid and ginger centerpiece that stretches the length of a tall glass cylinder vase, effortlessly displaying the soft, delicate flower blooms.  The white ginger blooms anchor the stems towards the bottom while still retaining a weightless, organic look.  A play of several different elements; glass, water, light,  and floral stems, make up the beauty of this arrangement. The calla lily centerpiece utilizes the same elements as the orchid; glass, water, light and floral stems, in a simple, yet stunning arrangement.  Two real touch calla lily stems which are wired and twisted into an organic shape beautifully held within a fish bowl glass vase.  Water can be added to the arrangement along with a floating candle or floralyte to finish the look.

monogram idea, dollarstorecrafts.com

A Little Bling

One last DIY wedding project idea featuring the inexpensive Dollar Store glass vase is custom rhinestone monogrammed labels.  Adjust this tutorial to make a monogrammed bouquet wrap to a glass vase for your very own glass vase centerpieces adorned with your monogram.  You’ll need a heavier piece of paper or velum to trace the monogram letter and adhesive rhinestones available at afloral.com.  The added bit of sparkle with catch guests eyes and then wow them with the detail once they realize it’s your monogram.

Your options are truly endless with the inexpensive dollar store glass vase as the foundation for your wedding centerpiece.  Each shape and size lends something special in the way you use it and the with the type of wedding flowers you choose to arrange.  Whether you go for a traditional bouquet arrangement, a trendy submersible project or a simple stem that takes you outside the vase the dollar store is the right stop to pick up an inexpensive product that’ll be the building block to a fabulous wedding decor.

Stop back Saturday for a run-down of great items to pick up at your local dollar store for all your wedding planning.

White Orchid Wedding Theme

White Orchid Wedding

Make a statement with your wedding décor and flowers. Orchids are a popular wedding floral choice.  White orchids are modern, elegant and a symbol of beauty and refinement. They are known for their stature and soft, delicate blooms.

While they are a top floral choice, orchid’s beauty comes with a hefty price tag. Real orchids will run you anywhere from $10 to $18 a stem.  They can quickly put a big dent in your wedding day budget.  Silk orchid flowers are a fabulous alternative they offer you the same look at a fraction of the cost, afloral.com silk orchid stems range from $2 -$5 a stem.  That’s at about a 5th of the cost of real stems, which will translate into huge savings on your wedding budget.

Now how can you fit this popular flower into your wedding day decor?  Afloral.com gives us a few ideas and inspiration on how to create and style a stunning and elegant white orchid wedding.

Orchid Submersible Centerpiece

Submersible Orchid Centerpiece

A modern wedding is characterized by fresh, well defined wedding décor with the latest trends as accents.  Afloral.com’s submersible orchid centerpiece, featured on Thursday’s DIY post, is a prime example of a modern, yet elegant wedding.  Submersible arrangements are a hot new wedding trend, that redefines the idea of a traditional floral centerpiece.

The choice of white dendrobium orchids and white ginger silk stems in this centerpiece keep the arrangement elegant allowing all of the elements, glass, water, light and floral, to play off each other.  White orchid stems span the length of the glass vase, floating in ethereal beauty accented by soft light and reflections off the glass and water. The result creates a fresh, elegant and modern look.

Style your modern, elegant orchid wedding with basic decor, classic white or black table linens, and the right accents like softly lit candles.  Refer back to our DIY lighting post for some creative ideas on how to illuminate your wedding day, votive candles and twinkle lights would be choice accents to an elegant wedding.

Metallic and crystal accents are also a great fit for modern weddings, providing a stylish, contemporary look.  Check out afloral.com’s newly expanded line, including sterling silver candle holders, faux diamond runner and beaded candle rings.  Chic, modern and the perfect fit for an elegant wedding.

Orchid Trumpet Vase

Dendrobium Orchid Trumpet Vase

There are some things that never go out of style, simple, classic looks will transcend trends and fads. Afloral.com’s dendrobium orchid trumpet vase centerpiece is a simple, classic arrangement of 3 types of silk orchid stems. As the exotic stems brilliantly explode at the top of the trumpet vase, the sheer volume and presence of the arrangement is sure to be a show stopper for wedding guests.  The centerpiece will hold those in awe around the reception table; but it is also the perfect height, sitting above their eye level to still allow guests see each other and mingle.

White Orchid Hairstyle


The classic arrangement can be styled with a soft, tulle tied chair back again showcasing the beautiful orchid stems.  Chair backs are a great, inexpensive wedding item that can add just the right accent to tie your look together.  Afloral.com’s silk orchid stems are wired and easy to work with for any DIY project.  Check out this easy Orchid hair piece for the bride or bride’s maids, another fabulous way to tie orchids into your wedding theme.  The model simply trimmed the stem, leaving 3 flowers and wrapped it around her bun.



Orchid Hand Bouquet

Get Your Look

Take their breath away with a white orchid elegant wedding.  For a look of beauty and refinement orchids lend themselves to a variety of decor options from trendy submersible centerpieces to more classic trumpet vase arrangements, they are also great for wedding accents in chair backs and bridal accessories.  Going with silk orchid flowers you’ll always find your stems in season and available at a fraction of the cost of real orchids, great for any budget bride and also the perfect fit for inexpensive DIY wedding projects.

Don’t forget to use all of afloral.com’s wedding resources to finish planning your elegant white orchid wedding.  Stop by the new build a bouquet section under wedding design ideas for suggestions and instructions on how to build your favorite wedding bouquet.  And what’s new on afloral.com’s wedding channel?  Jane will give you step by step instructions how to get your favorite looks.