How to Create a Floral Centerpiece


The right centerpiece is essential for your wedding reception or bridal shower. It conveys the theme of your special day while adding to the ambiance of the room.

Homemade centerpieces are an especially nice touch and they can be crafted to your exact specifications.


  • Silk Butterflies
  • Floral foam
  • Spanish moss
  • A variety of silk flowers and leaves
  • Hot glue gun and glue sticks
  • Craft knife
  • Wire cutters
  • Base / Flower Pot

Step 1: Finding Supplies

You do not need to be a bride on a budget to shop at the dollar store. There are a number of great finds in these types of store. For instance, the butterfly-painted tins in the photo were found locally at The Dollar Tree located in the Peoples Plaza shopping center at 200 Peoples Plaza in Newark, Delaware.

You can also pick up floral foam, glue sticks and even silk flowers here at prices that rival local craft stores. Many of the flowers and leaves used in the project shown in the photo are Dollar Tree buys as well.

There were a variety of flower pots, baskets and tins in the Dollar Tree as well. Choose one that is the right size, shape and color for your project.

Step 2: Choosing Your Silk Flowers

Once you have decided on your bridal and bridesmaids bouquets, have a photo on hand of these flowers when shopping for your centerpiece flowers. Try to match the colors and type of flowers in either the bridal or bridesmaids bouquets, only on a smaller scale.

For example, if you bridal bouquet is predominantly lilies, one large lily in the centerpiece will work very well, surrounded by different flowers in your wedding colors.

Think about the wedding theme as well. The project in the photo centered around butterflies and a wildflower, rustic country themed wedding.

Step 3: Putting It All Together

Take blocks of floral foam and, using your craft knife, cut out blocks of foam that will fit tightly into the flower pot opening. This should be a very tight fit, so the flowers will stay put once inserted into the foam.

Using the wire cutters, snip off pieces of flowers and leaves, leaving enough stem to fit into the floral foam while still allowing the flowers to drape outside of the pot. You can use hot glue sparingly to attach the flowers more securely if necessary. But be aware, hot glue can melt the foam. Experiment with this before you try it.

Next, use the hot glue gun to fix any flowers or leaves into position if they are dangling in the wrong direction or appear to be too loose. Clean up any stray glue strands once the glue has dried.

To add the final touches, use the Spanish Moss to fill in holes and cover the floral foam so it cannot be seen. If you find the arrangement is too light and may tip over, you can pour craft sand into the base of the pot before adding the moss to weigh it down. Or add the sand before placing the floral foam in the pot if this is easier.

Important Tips:

  • Always make a sample centerpiece before you mass produce to ensure everything is just the way you envisioned it.
  • Do not cut up all of the flowers until you are sure they will work in your project. If they do not, you can return them and try something new.
  • Do not be afraid to experiment and try something unusual. Be creative and have fun!

Fruit and Floral Centerpiece Ideas

Design your centerpiece with a large array of flowers along with fresh fruits and vegetables. Fruit and floral combinations work wonderful for party, or wedding table centerpieces. They make a nice contrast in texture and color.

Remember to water the floral foam every few days if you want to give the arrangement a longer life.

Citrus is my favorite to work with in floral arrangements. I love their bright vivid colors, and they will hold up for several days without spoiling.

You don’t have to incorporate the fruit in the arrangement, you can hollow out an orange, or an apple and use them for as a vase for your floral centerpiece.Arrange flowers and fruit in a basket to give your backyard party a casual feel.You don’t have to pair a floral arrangement with your fruit, you can float some flowers in a clear vase as a focal center for a fresh fruit display. It makes a beautiful contrast, and dresses up your fruit. It can help make your fruit part of the decorations.You can also arrange flowers in small glass vases right in your fruit display, or float flowers in shallow glass bowls to add color and texture to your food table.

My favorite thing about using fruit and floral arrangement centerpiece is the versatility. You can dress it up, or make it casual and fun.


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