Our sample centerpiece
Centerpiece ClassOn November 30th, we held a DIY Holiday Centerpiece class at the store, and boy what a great success it was! We had so much fun sharing our passion of designing floral arrangements and are so impressed with all of talented DIY designers! They were all so creative, filled with ribbons, ornaments, snow covered pine cones and more. It was truly a night of holiday cheer! For some Christmas centerpiece inspiration visit my other posts on traditional centerpieces or modern centerpieces.
Here are some tips from our expert instructors Julianne and Jodie:
– get all of your supplies set out before you start (this goes for any project…it just makes it so much easier)
You can easily see here how the floral foam sits well above the lip of the container
– make sure your floral foam sits at least 1″ above the lip of your container
– Remove foliage from your stems where it will be inserted into foam (about 2″ since stems need deep insertions to ensure they draw up water and stay secure)
– Recut your stems before insertion
– Use your longest greenery stems at the ends of your centerpiece to create your base. Then make sure none of your other stems are longer than these base pieces.
– Create texture and depth to your centerpiece by alternating the angle of your insertions
– Keep your sides narrow. It’s easy to make centerpieces too full- long and narrow is often best for the size we demonstrated. Other styles of centerpeices are round but you don’t want greenery draping onto your guests’ plates!
One of the participants did a great job with their centerpiece keeping the sides narrow- and beautifully decorated
– Once your greenery is in, have fun with your decorations: ribbons, christmas balls, ornaments, pinecones or whatever suits your interest. We like to use wood picks to help secure items like Christmas balls & pinecones (glue onto pinecones or twist wire onto Christmas ball/ornament tops)
Adding artificial snow to greener can help add texture and a fun, wintery feel
Here is some video that we took during the class. This shows some of the wonderful centerpieces being made. This is not an instructional video but gives you a feel for the class.