There are few do-it-yourself projects that strike fear into the hearts of soon-to-be newlyweds as much as centrepieces. You should see my e-mails, people! Every single day my inbox is inundated with frantic pleas for help, brides for insider how-to info, recounts of recent centrepiece nightmares, and plethora of “How do I make a Preston Bailey-type centrepiece on a tiny budget?”
Attaining the grandeur of his high holiness of event and floral design is no small feat for us mere morals, but I can guide you in creating a vibrant, affordable centrepiece that’ll dazzle all the sense and make you look like a pro, too!
This citrus and floral centrepiece is one of my all time favourite projects. Not only can it be done on a tight budget, but it’s also easy to custom fit to nearly any theme.
- Add a touch of flare with limes, lemons or even strawberry’s to match your theme
You will need Limes of course (about 10), your favourite florals, floral knife, floral foam, water and about 30 minutes to arrange each centrepiece.
1. Measure the inside of the vase and cut the floral foam block so that is is 1 Inch smaller than the length & width of the vase and about half of the height. For example, if you have an 8-Inch-tall vase that is 4 inches wide, the floral foam would be 4 inches tall and 3 inches wide. You may need multiple pieces of foam to accommodate that size and shape of the vase. Soak the foam in water for a few hours or over night.
2.Prepare your cut flowers, cut the stems at a 45 degree angle
3.Place the foam in the bottom of your container. Centre it. Insert the flowers and directly into the foam. Fill the vase with about 2/3’s of the flowers you desire for the final look
4.Grab the limes and cut them into 1/4 inch slices, discarding the ends. Begin adding the sliced limes between the floral foam and the vase.
6. Once the flowers are all in place, fill the vase with 3/4 inches of water. The water, flowers and foam should keep the limes in place.
Total cost of this arrangement should range from $30-$40 per piece, depending on florals used and cost / size of the vase you select. Remember to use seasonal flowers and you’ll be sure to save even more!
I always suggest to my DIY Brides… try making your bridal shower or engagement florals first, if it’s a success then move onto the wedding day. Remember, START SMALL. Things can only get better!!