How to make centerpieces

DIY Wedding Flower Centerpieces

Today we’re going to talk about how to use some inexpensive products to create DIY flower arrangements.  Plastic floral containers and floral foam or styrofoam forms can be the foundation for a great DIY flower arrangement.  Both items are cheap, under $2 a piece, but they can establish form and give support and structure to your flower stems.

Design bowls are available in many shapes and sizes.  They are used by professionals and DIYers alike to create low floral centerpieces perfect for reception and bridal party tables.

Centerpiece using Design Bowl
Centerpiece using Design Bowl; green and purple hydrangea stems, purple tulips, fuchsia rose, yellow ranunculus, blue cornflower, photo credit:

Lets look at how to use the plastic double design bowl in green, measuring 10.5″ long and 4″ wide, styrofoam block and assorted silk flowers to create a reception table centerpiece.

  1. Depending on the size of your styrofoam or floral foam block trim it to fit the design bowl.  Secure with several dabs of adhesive or hot glue.
  2. Trim assorted silk flower stems to about 3 1/2″- 4″ long. (foam and container are about 3″ deep)
  3. Begin placing stems in foam, start with the main type of flower then add secondary flowers, finishing with filler flowers and greenery.  Tip: arrange floral stems at varying heights to add depth to the arrangement.
White Hydrangea and Orchid Pillar Centerpiece
White Hydrangea and Orchid Pillar Centerpiece; photo credit: amsis photography via

Just as the inexpensive, basic design bowl gave us structure and the shape to create a low floral arrangement this next product gives us the flexibility to take on height.  The round floral container for pillars is the perfect foundation for a tall flower arrangement.

Lets look at how to create a tall white hydrangea and orchid centerpiece using a round floral container for pillars, styrofoam half ball and hydrangea and orchid silk flowers.

  1. Secure the styrofoam half ball to the container using adhesive or hot glue.
  2. Trim hydrangea flower stems to about 2″, the styrofoam ball is 1 7/8″ tall.
  3. Arrange hydrangea stems around the styrofoam covering all surfaces.
  4. Orchid stems may need to be trimmed slightly, measure how far they lay off the arrangement.  Insert orchid stems in deep, around the arrangement.
  5. Lastly, place the finished flower arrangement on the round floral container onto the vase or pillar to complete the centerpiece.  Tip: Using tall arrangements make sure they are weighted or secured at the base so not to easily tip over once on the table. 

With a few tips and the right products to use as the foundation for your DIY flower arrangements you’ll get the perfect look for your wedding day. Shop afloral silk wedding flowers and floral supplies.

How to Accent Your Submersible Centerpiece

This week we’ve been focusing a lot on submersible wedding centerpieces.  They are so popular right now, and incredibly easy to assemble. On Wednesday, I wrote about my picks for top five submersible wedding centerpieces (the fish bowl one was my favorite!) but today I want to show you what products you can use to accent your submersible centerpiece.

One of my favorite accents is floralytes. Drop one or two right in your container, and watch it glow. We currently carry four different  colors, and I have to say, the purple is definitely my favorite.

You can even do different colored floralytes in each centerpiece, which takes the drama up a notch.

Submersible Wedding Centerpiece Photo From Your Wedding Company
Submersible Wedding Centerpiece Photo From Your Wedding Company

Another accent I love is natural stones. Drop them in your vase, and they give your entire centerpiece an earthy touch.

Submersible Flower Heads with Pebbles
Submersible Flower Heads with Pebbles

Keeping with this same idea, you can also use several different types of vase filler, from metallic gold glass to raw cork. Here are some of my favorite vase fillers we currently offer.

Assorted Diamonds in Rose Pink
Assorted Diamonds in Rose Pink                                  
Turquoise Crushed Glass
Turquoise Crushed Glass
Metallic Gold Crushed Glass
Metallic Gold Crushed Glass

As you can see, the possibilities are totally endless. Don’t limit your submersible centerpiece to just one vase, one flower, and water.

Throw in some fun accents to kick it up a notch.

Do you have any other ideas? Comment below!

Top 5 Submersible Wedding Centerpieces

Submersible wedding centerpieces were incredibly popular in 2013, and they still  are making a strong appearance in 2014 wedding trend forecasts. Not only do they make a lasting dramatic impression, but they’re so easy to assemble. Check out our top 5 picks for this season’s hottest submersible wedding centerpieces.

1. Submersible Orchid Centerpiece

Recreate this centerpiece with  one floating candle, a tall cylinder glass vase, and 1-3 submersible orchids.

Submersible Orchid Centerpiece from
Submersible Orchid Centerpiece from

2. Submersible Calla Lily Centerpiece

Recreate this centerpiece with two submersible calla lilies and one circular floral container.

Submersible Calla Lily Centerpiece from
Submersible Calla Lily Centerpiece from

3. Submersible Red Rose Centerpiece

Recreate this centerpiece with one cylinder glass vase, one single submersible red  rose, and red vase filler.

Submersible Red Rose Centerpiece
Submersible Red Rose Centerpiece

4. Submersible Flower Heads with Stones

Recreate this centerpiece with natural stones, one submersible flower head, a floating candle, and a cylinder glass vase.

Submersible Flower Heads with Pebbles
Submersible Flower Heads with Pebbles

5. Submersible Fish Bowl Centerpiece

This was so unique, I just had to share :)  Recreate this look with three different sized fish bowls and three submersible cymbidium orchids.

Submersible Fish Bowl Centerpiece
Submersible Fish Bowl Centerpiece

Do you have any other submersible centerpiece ideas? Comment below!

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 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:
  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.