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So, the big day is less than a week away, Thanksgiving! You have the menu planned, the groceries bought… but what about the table? Have you thought about the centerpiece? Ok, I’m probably not giving you enough credit, of course you have! But, incase you need another option, or want to try your hand at making your own flower arrangement, here’s a little tutorial I set up for you. For this arrangement I went down the block to my local Trader Joes and bought a few bunches of flowers, and some seasonal fruit, total spent…$32.00.
You can easily make gorgeous arrangements just by using grocery store flowers. In order to help bring in something local and seasonal, head to your front yard, or your neighbors, and find a cool limb, or shrub to pick from. *Side note, always ask before picking! But it helps add a little oomph to the arrangement, pick something that’s shaped a little crazy that will help give it volume and shape, it will also help give you fun lines to work with so your arrangement doesn’t look so one dimensional. An arrangement without much depth can be pretty boring.
The orange leafy cluster in this arrangement is the only thing that I didn’t buy at the grocery store, I got it from my neighbors hedge(with permission).
Steps to creating your centerpiece.
*Before you place any stems in the vase, make sure to give it a fresh cut at a 45 degree angle, and strip off any leaves that would otherwise end up sitting in water, it will help extend the life of your arrangement.
1. Pick a vessel that is sturdy, not easily tipped over when top heavy. Add a pillow cage that fits your vase, you can find the one I am using here. If you don’t want to use one of those, then 1/4″ green oasis tape is amazing, you can find that here. If you use the floral cage then attach it to the vase with a little oasis tape, and if you are using just the oasis tape, make a grid over the opening of the vessel with 1-1/2″ to 2″ spacing (think of a waffle shape with bigger gaps).
2. Start with your greens and add a full base all the way around the vase so the edge of it is completely hidden. Think about the shape of the arrangement and how you want it to look, don’t be afraid to make some weird lines. If you are using fruit, then jam a bamboo skewer in the bottom of it, and put it in the vase. Heavy items, like pomegranates, will need to sit close to the edge of the vase as they will be prone to falling out, and even tipping the vase over.
3. Keep going with the greens(It doesn’t have to be green to be called “greens”, I just mean leafy branches).
4. When you start adding flowers, start with your focal flowers first. Those are the largest ones you have to work with, such as roses.
5. After you are happy with the placement of the focal flowers, then move on to filler flowers. Those are the flowers that help bring balance to the arrangement, and break up the chunkiness of the focal flowers.
6. After you’ve placed all the filler flowers you want, then just tuck in some remaining “green” pieces to help fill any holes that might be left.
- Break the rules, this is not a one way make all type of a deal. Be creative and bold.
- Check the water often, it will drink lots!
- Remember to turn the arrangement as you build it, you don’t want to forget a side because you forgot to look at the back.