The holidays are swiftly approaching and if you are like me, that means lots and lots of dinner parties and get-togethers in your home. I'm a firm believer that bringing the outside in gives any home a more welcoming feel, so today I am going to teach you to make your very own cube design floral centerpiece! Astound and amaze those guests when you tell them that you arranged it, not your local florist. There is a lot that goes into a floral design but I will water it down to a few simple steps and elements. With these tricks, your centerpiece will look professionally designed!
I will give you general steps to create your own, as well as directions to recreate my rose and mini calla lily arrangement.
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YOU WILL NEED:
- A 5×5 Cube Vase (easily found at any craft store or at a supermarket that carries floral supplies)
- Some type of Flower Food (Or you can make your own using this basic recipe: 1 quart water + 2 tablespoons lemon juice + 1 tablespoon sugar + 1/2 teaspoon bleach. Sprite works, too, as long as it's not diet. Flowers need the sugar for food.)
- Thin Cellophane Tape (3/8 width works well)
- Garden Pruners (but you can make due with scissors if needs be, not ideal but possible)
- A Variety of Base Flowers and Foliage, Focal Flowers, and Secondary Flowers (more on that later, if you want to recreate my rose and mini calla lily arrangement refer to bottom of the page before the photos)
PREPARING YOUR VASE:
Step #1: Fill halfway with lukewarm water.
Step #2: Add Flower Food to water and stir.
Step #3: Make a grid with Cellophane Tape.
Take the tape and make a 3 x 2 grid on the vase as shown below. This will provide a sturdy frame in which to arrange your flowers. It is SO MUCH EASIER than trying to get them to lean on each other.
FLOWERS: (The fun part)
Step #4: Choosing your Flowers
You need a business license in order to buy at a wholesale floral shop but good flowers can be found elsewhere as well. I prefer Costco or Trader Joe's if I don't have access to the wholesale shop. You just need a place where they sell bunches of “un”arranged flowers. I won't tell you which flowers to choose, (this is a chance to express yourself!) but I will give you some basic guidelines.
Choose a color scheme:
Monochromatic: tints and shades of the same color.
Analogous: 3 or more colors next to each other on the color wheel.
Complimentary: opposite colors on the color wheel.
Triadic: 3 opposite colors on the color wheel.
You will need the following types of flowers:
Base Flowers: Depending on the size you'll want between 3 (large) -8 (smaller) Fluffy, big, and sturdy flowers. You'll want the most of these so as to create a dense base. (Example: hydrangeas, stock, celosia)
Base Foliage: 6-8 stems Sturdy, bushy, and leafy stems to provide support and break up the colors. (Example: seeded eucalyptus, ruskus, myrtle foliage)
Focal Flowers: 5-8 blooms Biggest blooms that draw the eye. (Example: dahlias, lilies, peonies)
Secondary Flowers: Smaller flowers that work well in bunches. (Example: poppies, spray roses, anemones)
Along with the above ingredients, consider adding a few finishing accents that add movement, height, and pops of texture to the arrangement to draw the eye such as hypericum berry, astilbe, scabiosa, or fern curls, etc.
Step #5: Clean your Flowers
No matter the flower, you'll first want to give it a fresh cut on the stem to make sure it can “drink” the water nicely. Err on the side of cutting them longer than necessary. You can always trim them if they are too long but it's a lot harder to make them longer! Peel off any excess leaves on the lower parts of the stems and remove all thorns. Remove any brown or damaged petals.
Step #5: Arrange! YAY!
Always arrange your flowers in odd numbers, never even. For foliage, clip small pieces with stem and leaves. First, add your base foliage. Randomly put it in the corners and middle. Next, add your base flowers. Use the grid to separate them throughout the vase. You are creating a support system for the rest of the flowers to lean on. Next, add your focal flowers and work them through the base flowers. It is eye-catching to leave some a little taller. You will be able to fill in the space later with the secondary flowers. Once your focal flowers are in place, begin adding your secondary flowers wherever you see a hole. You can add these in little bunches. Make sure all stems touch the water. This part is great for your creativity– play around with the arrangement. If you aren't loving the way it is turning out just switch things around!
Photograph by Alixann Loosle
Now, if you'd like to recreate my rose and mini calla lily arrangement you will need 3 stems of plumosa, 6-8 stems of ruscus, 1-2 stems of baby's breath, 13- 17 (depending on size) red roses of your choice, and 3-5 white mini calla lilies. Follow directions above to prepare your vase and clean your flowers. Start with some of your ruscus, cutting piece's of stems with leaves down to small sizes. Add them to your vase using the grid system to separate them. Leave a few to add at the end. Start adding your roses throughout. Once your roses are added, tuck the mini calla's throughout the arrangement. Add pieces of your plumosa, leaving it longer to drape a bit over the edge. Add your remaining stems of ruscus. And finally, clip small bunches of baby's breath and add throughout.
Here are few photos of other cube arrangements:
Photograph by Alixann Loosle