Spring is a magical time of year for Mother Nature. Tree branches begin to sprout tiny green buds, early flowers push their way through the earth and most of us begin to breathe a healthy sigh of relief that the dark, cold days of winter are finally over. It’s the perfect time to harness the freshness of spring indoors as well, particularly as the centerpiece of your kitchen or dining room table. Here’s how you can create six inspired spring centerpieces this year.
Use Unexpected Objects as Vases
Think outside the vase and fill unexpected items with flowers instead. Try lanterns, teapots and cups, small trunks, bird cages, garden boxes, metal cans, essentially anything with hollow space to be filled can work.
If you’re feeling especially spring-y work in bird nests, either by making your flowers act as mock-nests for candy eggs, or by adding in small decorative ones to bouquets. Galvanized tubs fit in well with a garden or spring theme. Feeling arts-n-crafty? Dyed eggshells make for a super cute and perfect Easter flower vessel.
Stuff Vases with Your Stuff
The most appealing centerpieces have more to offer than just flowers. Add in dimension, charisma, and individuality by adding in ornamental items from around your house. Have small wooden bunnies decorating your mantel? Add them to your centerpiece. Short on tchotchkes? Try using family photos in a seasonal frame, old greeting cards from last spring, anything that reminds you of the season can work!
More accessory considerations can include pinwheels, origami, watering cans, flowerpots and plastic eggs. All can add in fun and relevant pizzazz.
Using Food as Art?
If you’re just as much of an Instagram junkie as we are, then you’ll know that food as art is real. Take a nod from your social media and start using colorful produce as centerpiece items. Vegetables like cauliflower, artichokes, radishes and peppers add in texture and organic beauty to arrangements. Fruit, especially citrus, add in pops of color and work wonderfully in bouquets. Use leafy veggies like kale, lettuce and broccoli leaves to fill out the look. Additionally, herbs are fantastic scented additions in centerpieces, or tied around candles.
Using Water as a Decorative Focus
For a unique twist on a traditional floral centerpiece, try submerging your flowers. Here, the flowers are literally under the water, and typically displayed in glassware. The water creates a magnifying effect on the petals, creating a bold and beautiful statement.
When you’re D-I-Ying this yourself, don’t get frustrated when your flowers float. Combat their buoyancy by anchoring your flowers down with stones or gems. Alternatively, you can anchor them with a mini fishing weight and clear line.
While you may think a day of submergence would ruin a flower, it does the exact opposite! If you wish you pull them out of the water and re-use them, you will find your flowers are just as perky as when you bought them. If you wish to leave them under, just switch out the water when it becomes murky. The longevity of this arrangement will depend on the type of flower used, but it could last up to a week!
Play with Height and Light
Playing with different height levels adds another feature to your centerpiece. Create this appearance by using a cake stand or a candelabra as platforms for your centerpiece. Adding tall flowers, ornamental grasses and budding branches are other great ways to add height to your arrangement.
Candles are always great additions, especially for gatherings at night. Throw some floating candles on top of your submerged arrangements, or float candles and petals in a glass bowl filled with water.
Yes, fresh flowers need to have water, but for the base of centerpieces not revolving around flowers, don’t let your creativity get water logged. Sand, corks, corn kernels, faux pearls, confetti, sprinkles, all work extremely well to hold items into place.
For the small, but oh-so-necessary finishing touches, tie bows around groupings of flowers. Try wrapping vases with twine, string, wire, lace or wrapping paper to get all matchy-matchy with your color scheme.