Happy Wednesday everyone! Earlier this month I was browsing the garden section of our local hardware store for some plants for the garden, but when I came across some of their outdoor items I was inspired to use them to create an outdoor centerpiece. The design is one that could be used for a rather fancy backyard dinner party, or an outdoor wedding.
Note: I'll admit that this isn't the quickest DIY, but it is not hard. It takes a little bit of time to paint and prepare the box and get the jars hung. However, once the crafting steps are accomplished, the floral part is relatively quick and easy. Keep in mind that the box can always be reused. I do hope that you'll give it a try.
The flowers I chose for this particular arrangement scream spring, and the combination of narcissus, kumquat, and mint lend a lovely aroma as well.
What you will need:
- Garden planter box
- 3 packs bamboo trellis
- Paint (I chose yellow, but you could use any color you desire) and paint brush
- 2 blocks of floral foam
- Aluminum foil
- 3 small jars (with lip so they can be hung)
- Wired rope and ribbon
- 5-6 bunches of narcissus and daffodils (or other spring flowers of your choosing)
- 3-4 bunches kumquats
- 3-4 bunches mint (or any other herb like rosemary)
- 3-4 bunches geranium leaves (or any other green)
- 2 bunches ranunculus
- 2 bunches veronicas
- Begin by painting your box. I wanted to achieve the weathered outdoor look so I only applied one coat.
- Soak the floral foam in water for about 20 minutes for maximum absorbtion. Once the paint is dry line the inside of the box with aluminum foil and then place the already soaked blocks of floral foam inside the box.
- Cut the trellises to the desired height. I chose to make my middle one taller than the other two to achieve a high point in the centerpiece. Position in the floral foam inside the box.
- Finally, place the hanging jars in the middle of each trellis. Wrap the neck of the jars with ribbon, then tie the rope to the ribbon on one side of the jar, wrap the rope around the center of the trellis before tying the other side of the jar. Make sure it is secure and straight on the trellis before tying the other side.
Begin by arranging the kumquats and the geranium inside the floral foam throughout the box.
Add the narcissus.
Tip: Add the narcissus in small bunches as you push them inside the foam for a fuller look and so that the stems do not break as you push them in.
Add water to the hanging jars and begin filling them with mint, veronicas and ranunculus until you have achieved the desired look.
That's it. A lovely centerpiece that can be used for an outdoor party, wedding, or other event.
All photography by Heather Zweig for Naked Bouquet.