Video: How to Make Flowers Spring Out of a Table
I love it when flowers appear to spring right out of the table! In this video I’ll show you how to create the framework to make arrangements like this happen. We'll use both potted plants and fresh cuts in this demonstration. Below are a few event images so you can see the floral arrangements in their happy home at Amy and Robert's wedding. These types of arrangements are super easy to travel with and install! We also did some full arrangements and bud vases with Cleopatra ferns at the reception. Images by Kelly Giarrocco.
STEP 1: To make a tablescape resembling a scene straight out of nature, start with a shallow trough fashioned from pieces of siding or other hardware supply of your choice, and fill with narrow cuts of Oasis foam, taped or glued to the trough to hold everything in place.
STEP 2: Place small potted plants, pillar candles, or any other large accents along the pieces of Oasis, grouped or arranged according to taste. Cover the base of the potted plants and the Oasis down the length of the trough with sheet moss, pinning it down with either greening pins or small cuts of wire fashioned into bobby pin shapes. Next, fill in around your larger focal points with delicate bits of floral such as oak leaf hydrangea, seeded eucalyptus, knotweed, or spray roses, turning the whole piece as you go, or walking around the table periodically as you work to avoid overdoing any given section.
STEP 3: Finally, add texture and height with items such as white gomphrena and queen anne’s lace, making sure none of the stems reach higher than the height of your forearm when you rest your elbow on the table—this ensures that guests seated on either side can see each other over the centerpiece! You can cap the design off with a few dahlias or heavier flowers punched into the Oasis near the base of the design for added visual weight.
Think outside the container for centerpieces. Mechanics like the long shallow trough can mix up your centerpiece design options especially for farmhouse style tables and are actually quite cost-effective.
You can vary the height along the runner by stacking multiple pieces of Oasis foam on top of each other at focal points.
Remember to keep moving around the piece as you work on a large section to ensure even distribution of flowers.