Make Table Centerpieces
How to Arrange Flowers Like a Florist
To make table centerpieces, you start by learning the most basic design. I will show you have to green in a round wedding centerpiece.
You will need:
Cut a standard brick of florist foam in half. (Don't skimp on foam - the more flowers, the more water they draw. Your centerpieces can be made early, but be sure to keep rewatering the bowls so the foam stays wet!)
Secure with bowl tape. (I usually use green to blend in with the greenery - but I used white here so you can see it clearly.)
Cut laterals off of a stem of leatherleaf fern. This type of greenery is very basic and can be found in every florist shop. They are bought in bunches (usually 20 -25 stems per bunch.) You will need between 4 - 5 stems for a standard round arrangement (more if you intend to have a very large arrangement.)
Begin by circling the bowl with the laterals of leatherleaf. Be sure to angle the greenery DOWN at first, so that from the side you cannot see the green florist foam.
Continue adding greens around the diameter of the container, pointing the greens downward.
If you'd like a cheap glass candle holder in the center, I'll share my trick. Go to the dollar store and buy crystal wine glass.
Tape with bowl tape around the bottom of the stem. Put on safety glasses (please don't skip this step!!), wrap a paper towel around the bottom of the glass, and break the flattened part of the glass off with a hammer.
Insert the glass into the center of the arrangement and continue greening.
Now for those "extra special" touches. Loop some stems of a broad leave grass. Shown is lemon grass. Tape into a loop and wire onto a Cowee pick (a little wooden stake with wire pre-wrapped on the end)
As you make centerpieces, inserting these loops and a few different variety of greens, you begin to make a more interesting texture.
Finally - your centerpiece is done and ready to have fresh flowers inserted the day before your wedding. If you re-add water and mist with a flower sealant (such as Finishing Touch) your arrangementcan be greened several days in advance and still look very nice.