As I mentioned earlier, I’ve been really into single varietal centerpieces which I admit, can be somewhat boring on their own. To spruce up and give a modern twist to the design, I’ve started playing around with different tones of the same flower, layering in dark saturated colors with lighter and more pastel versions. The end result is sophisticated and something I would be proud to display at ANY affair, be it a wedding or just Tuesday dinner at the house!
Here’s what you need to create your own ombre centerpiece masterpiece:
1) A vase. I used a square glass cube covered in a neutral burlap sleeve that I found in my local craft store for under $6.
2) 18-24 stemmed roses. I ended up using 17, but your final quantity will depend on how large your vase is.
3) A piece of floral foam. Cut it down to size to fit whatever vessel you ultimately use.
4) A pair of kitchen shears. You will need these to trim the stems and remove any leaves or foliage.
Step 1 –
Cut your floral foam to fit the size of the vase you will be using. You want the fit to be snug, but leave a little wiggle room on all sides to make eventual removal a breeze.
Soak your foam in a large bowl of cool water. Do NOT push the block down into the water- that could create air pockets in the foam and cause your arrangement to bite the dust a few days earlier than you would like. Instead, let the foam slowly drink up the water and sink down to the bottom of the bowl. You know it’s fully saturated and ready to go when it’s sitting submerged at the bottom of the bowl.
While your foam is soaking, start trimming your blooms. I like to first remove all leaves, then under a cool stream of running water, trim down the stem at a 45 degree angle to about 5 inches. When you insert the stem into the foam, it should not be visible above the lip of your vase.
Place foam into your vase, and let’s starts arranging! I prefer to start with the darkest colored flowers and insert those closest to the outside edge of the foam. Continue following this concentric pattern and transition from darkest to lightest colors. You should fill in the center of the arrangement with the lightest bloom.
That’s it! 10 minutes and you have yourself a beautiful arrangement that seriously lasts 10-14 days. Surprisingly, I’ve gotten the longest life out of COSTCO roses that can easily break the 2 week mark. They also will run you only $16 for 2 dozen. Perfect if you’re doing multiple arrangements.
Honestly, flowers make me so happy. Even though we’re talking everything bridal this week, I love to have arrangements like these in my kitchen throughout the year. It’s an instant good mood when I come down the stairs… especially when that good mood comes as a true DIY bargain!