If you joined us for yesterday’s post on Annie’s barn dinner party, you probably noticed the casual-pretty floral centerpieces she put together for the event. In the spirit of easy-DIY sharing, we’re breaking down how to make these flower arrangements, featuring peonies, roses, a profusion of greenery, in just a few simple steps.
What you’ll need—per centerpiece
1 clear glass vase or painted ceramic vase; we like both cylindrical and rectangular shapes
4–7 peonies or roses, or a combination of the two
7–10 stalks of your favorite greenery or leaves
How to make peony and rose flower centerpieces
1. Start by using florist’s tape to create a grid over the top of the vase; make sure the edge of the tape overhangs the outside of the vase by about ¼ inch. If you haven’t worked with florist’s tape before, it’s incredibly easy. Check out our short-and-sweet video.
2. Clip the stems of the roses and peonies so that when placed in the vase, the heads sit ½ to 1 inch above the top of the vase.
3. To make a single-flower arrangement, place 4 to 5 roses or peonies into the grid, using any arrangement you find visually interesting. We like a fuller arrangement, so we pack them in pretty tightly. Alternate the greenery throughout the grid, making sure to weave the leaves around and under the flowers.
4. To make a mixed flower arrangement, follow step 3, alternating the roses and peonies. For a mixed centerpiece in a larger vase, you can use up to 7 flowers total. Use the greenery under and between the flowers to vary the height of the arrangement.