Natural Centerpieces

Trends come and go in the floral industry, but some basic principles stay the same. One of those principles is to have an appreciation for nature and the colorful and fragrant beauty that it produces. With the arrival of spring right around the corner, there’ll be an abundance of organic materials that can be combined to make the ideal natural centerpiece. It’s important to keep the outdoors in mind when selecting everything you intend to use, from the flowers, foliage, and container.

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Let’s start from the bottom-up. When you’re brainstorming your design, start by contemplating what you would like to achieve. The type and size of container you choose will help determine how the rest of the piece will be structured. For obvious reasons, a variety wooden containers are the most commonly used for natural arrangements, but don’t be discouraged to use a metal, glass, or ceramic vase. Rustic and galvanized metal containers are quality choices for a natural arrangement. Now that you have your vase picked out, it’s time to build your design.

Natural floral arrangements are designed look as if the flowers were freshly picked from the fields. Most natural centerpieces include flowers that are considered garden flowers such as roses and tulips or wild flowers like daisies, asters, and feverfew. Although the flower selection can be important, there’s no set structure for a natural arrangement. It can be any shape or size that you’d like. Start with wet floral foam to hold and hydrate your flowers then start inserting the flowers to create your scenery. Try not to overcrowd it with flowers because these types of designs call for a larger amount of greenery and fillers than everyday arrangements.

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The essence of natural centerpieces is to keep it as wild and organic as possible. Which means your design will need it’s fair share of greenery such as boxwood and eucalyptus. Wild flowers like wax flower and queen Anne’s lace would fit right in with your theme and is a appropriate substitute for gypsophilia (baby’s breath). You can incorporate more wood into your arrangement with the addition of curly willow or tree bark. If you have any open area around the base of your flowers add sheet or reindeer moss to simulate the wild. Stones and bark would be a nice touch as well.

Just like in the wild, the different elements in your design are what makes it whole. Bring the scenery that we so much overlook to the spotlight with a wonderful natural centerpiece. Not only are these arrangements adaptable to any season of the year, but they combine all of the finest aspects of wild right in your living room.

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Recycle your Christmas Centerpiece, Use it for New Years!

Don’t want to spend any extra money replacing your holiday centerpiece? Recycle the current pieces and use them to create a beautiful New Years Arrangement! Why waste money buying a completely new floral design? Do not throw away your old creations; just give them a makeover for the next holiday.

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You will want to keep the basic structure of your arrangement and any of the pines/ greenery you have in it. Pinecones, rocks, branches or any other accents you have can be spray painted silver or gold. Glitter can also be added if you want to give it an extra sparkle. Any candles previously in your centerpiece should be removed for the New Years holiday.

 

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To give the design an extra party feel, you can add small disco balls, shiny objects, glitter and anything else catching to the eye. To add height and texture to the design, branches such as curly willow, dogwood and ting ting can be used as accents. These will make the arrangement look larger and will give a broader spectrum of view.

 

Ocean-Themed Tropical Centerpiece

Tropical flowers are some of the most noticeable flowers on earth. Whether you put them into a bouquet or you use them in your hair, they will catch you eye every time. They stick out and make any arrangement look sophisticated. Orchids and other tropical flowers are beautiful additions to any room or any event. They bring a warm presence with them and they will influence the moods of people. Tropical flowers are easy to work with, they are beautiful by themselves and filler flowers or accents are not needed.

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Start by buying a large fishbowl vase and clean the inside of it thoroughly. Begin to place some seashells throughout the vase in the way that looks good from all angles. You will then place your fresh orchids or other tropical flowers into the fishbowl being cautious of where they are placed. You can place the orchids freely in the vase or you could use floral foam to help them stay solidly in one place. Next you can use moss, accent beads and other supplies to give the centerpiece some extra character. Make sure that you clean the outside of your vase when you are finished so that it looks clean and presentable. With some of your time, supplies, and fresh flowers you can create something just as beautiful as this!