I love having fresh flowers around the house (who doesn’t, right?), and they are especially appropriate if you are having a party or gathering where you want to make a bit of a centerpiece or just class up your space a bit for the party vibe. I usually just cut the stems and rely on a cute vase (like this one!) to do all the work for me, but making a floating floral arrangement for a table or centerpiece is actually really easy and oh so pretty as well!
For a floating floral arrangement, it’s best to use flowers that are wider than longer, so think ranunculus or open garden roses rather than a more closed traditional rose. I paired mine with some gerber daisies (any daisy type flower would also be good) for a little size and texture variety.
You’ll want to use a shallow bowl or terrarium for a floating arrangement so your flowers can really spread out. The more surface area you have, the bigger of an impact your floral arrangement will make. You’ll also want some small bubble wrap, so save a piece out of the box from your next online order, or you can buy some online as well.
Cut a small “x” or hole with your scissors in the middle of the wrap circle and place your flower through the hole. Trim the flower stem to about 3/4″ and place your flower in the water to watch it float!
The bubble wrap will keep the flower upright and floating on your little flower sea, so you just keep making little bubble wrap skirts for each flower until your bowl surface is full. I would also suggest cutting off a few springs of your greenery and slipping those stems into the bubble skirt as well when you put in your flower to give your arrangement a bit of leaf texture. Once your bowl is full, it’s time to set it on your table!
Pretty!! The other nice thing about this method is that it takes less flowers to make a bigger impact since they have room to spread out rather than bottlenecking from a vase, so you can make several of these to place around rather than one full looking vase. I also like to place some greenery sprigs near the bottom of the bowl on the outside for some extra texture, and you could totally set the bowl in the middle of a greenery “wreath” as well that went all the way around. So happy that flowers are starting to appear all over yards and trees!
Credits//Author and Photography: Laura Gummerman. Photos edited with the NEW A Beautiful Mess actions.