I made this centerpiece using stemless wine glasses as the vase. Stemless wine glasses are easy to find, inexpensive and do double duty, as well, wine glasses! The best part about these centerpieces is you can use any kind of flowers you want!
If you are not married to a particular color scheme or flower, I pick up bouquets from the local markets because they usually run anywhere from $6.99 to $19.99 per bouquet. If I need to work with a particular color and do not want to risk it, I will work with a local florist. Bouquets from a florist will cost a little more, but they are usually larger in size and better quality.
I have made centerpieces using different suppliers. For me, where I get supplies from depends on what I am making them for and the look I am trying to achieve.
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Centerpiece Color Scheme and Flowers
After discussing options with the client, we decided to go with simple rose centerpieces. Since she needed centerpieces for eight 60″ tables and the color scheme for this shower was teal tablecloths with a champagne colored overlay, I purchased flowers from the local florist.
When I called the florist, I requested 8 dozen light pink roses as well as baby’s breath and ferns. The florist scored a $200 cost for my order. When I picked them up a few days later, I was not expecting these beautiful vintage-looking roses. They were absolutely stunning. I love the edges of the flowers, that looked almost like aged paper.
Using Stemless Wine Glasses as the Centerpiece Vessel
When searching for stemless wine glasses, I prefer a wider bottom and more narrow mouth. Flowers sit and arrange nicely in this shape glass. I purchased these stemless wine glasses from Homegoods. They were $9.99 for a pack of 6 so I purchased two packages.
- Clean Scissors (wipe them down with a bleach solution or Clorox wipe, wash, rinse and dry well before using)
- Stemless Wine Glasses
How to Make the Centerpiece
Fill each glass about 2/3 of the way with fresh water so the fresh cut stems go right back into water.
It’s important to consider how far back you will be cutting each stem to fit the glass. I like to cut mine a little longer than I think I will need because it is much easier to cut more off than to add length back. Hold one stem up to the glass, you want at least a few inches more than the head would be popping out of the top of the glass (again, you will cut a little more off later to cut it down to the right size).
When making cuts to fresh stems, always cut on an angle. This is the best way for the stem to take up water.
Make the first cut then pop into the glass. How much longer should you cut it back so the head sticks out about an inch or inch and a half from the glass mouth?
When you have the desired stem length, strip the green leaves off the stem then make the final cut to fit the glass. It is important to cut the leaves off so they do not sit and rot in the water. Cut flowers will not last as long if leaves are rotting in the water.
Creating the Arrangements
Once you know the desired length of flowers, I cut three then dropped them in the glass. I then cut three ferns back to about the same length as the flowers, stripped off any greens that would touch the water and dropped them in around and under the three roses. Once I had the base layout with three ferns and three roses, I cut three baby’s breath and dropped them in as filler.
When I had three of each in one glass, I cut additional roses in the same manner as the first few, then stuffed them into the vases. Since it best to work with odd numbers, I wound up with a total of nine roses in each vase. I originally thought I could fit twelve based on the size of roses from the local markets, but the florist roses were much larger so I had to fit less.
Once I stuffed about nine in the glass, I added a few more baby’s breath to fill it, adding more texture and dimension.
Since I originally estimated a dozen roses per glass based on the size of the flowers I purchase at the local markets, I would up with leftover floral supplies. Although I was only making eight centerpieces, I had four leftover wine glasses, so I made the client additional centerpieces and used up all of the supplies. She would up using them as part of the decor at the gift and buffet tables.
What Do You Think?
I hope this post inspires you to make your own floral centerpieces! They are very fun to make and last about a week.
If you decide to make one of these centerpieces, please send me pics of your designs or let me know what you think in the comments here. And be sure to follow me @bricksnblooms on Pinterest, Facebook and Instagram where I share lots of the behind-the-scenes of my home, garden and personal life.
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