How to Create a Floral Centerpiece

A party just isn't a party without a floral centerpiece. Start by choosing flowers and a vase or container that reflect the color scheme, style, and scale of the room—and the rest will be a snap.

You will need

  • A mix of flowers: full & plump
  • tall & lean
  • 1 or 2 with an unusual shape
  • Some accent filleru2014such 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 1 Cut floral foam Cut the floral foam so it fits snugly into your vase or container.

Step 2 Soak foam Remove the foam from the container and soak it in water. When it’s saturated, put it back in the container.

Step 3 Add 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.

Step 4 Add flowers Add the flowers to the arrangement, again trimming the stems at a 45-degree angle before placing.

Step 5 Add water daily Add water every day—or more often, if necessary.