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How To Create a Floral Centerpiece
You Will Need
  • A mix of flowers: full & plump, tall & lean, 1 or 2 with an unusual shape
  • Some accent filler—such as branches, berries, or leaves
  • A pair of gardening shears or scissors
  • A short vase or container suitable for the mood and dimensions
  • Some flower-arranging foam
  • And water
step 1Cut floral foam
Cut the floral foam so it fits snugly into your vase or container.
spacer tip Use an opaque container—such as a ceramic bowl or terra-cotta pot—so guests can’t see the foam base inside.
step 2Soak foam
Remove the foam from the container and soak it in water. When it’s saturated, put it back in the container.
step 3Add filler material
Add the filler material to the arrangement first. Start by cutting each stem at a 45-degree angle before placing it, and work from the outside to the inside of the arrangement.
spacer tip Cut your flower and filler stems one at a time as you use them, instead of all at once before starting, to keep them fresher longer.
step 4Add flowers
Add the flowers to the arrangement, again trimming the stems at a 45-degree angle before placing.
spacer tip The flowers should be no more than a few inches taller than the container, so seated guests can see and converse with each other over the arrangement.
step 5Add water daily
Add water every day—or more often, if necessary.
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