DIY Floral Centerpiece

Hi, friends! I hope everyone had a great weekend. Mine was long, full of sunshine and lots of time spent with my family. Just what I needed! Today I am excited to kick off the week with a pretty little DIY project I put together, photographed by my lovely friend Alice G. Patterson. So today we’re talking all about this pretty and easy DIY centerpiece that’s perfect for a dinner party, wedding or just sprucing up your dining room table with a punch of happy color. This is a technique I use frequently for photo shoots or parties at home. I think flowers can be a little daunting and I certainly don’t fancy myself a florist, but trust me – you can do this!

Supplies –

  • assorted blooms of your choice (I used tulips, peonies and alstroemeria)
  • floral wire
  • floral tape
  • bamboo skewers
  • masking tape
  • large bowl
  • shears
  • floral foam (optional)

First up, gather up your supplies. For flowers, choose a variety of bloom types and sizes. I went with pretty yellow tulips and alstroemeria and some gorgeous pink peonies we picked fresh from Alice’s yard. I used a large white serving bowl I had at home to hold my arrangement. A cool old pail or pot would also work great. The masking tape is key to this ease of this arrangement! Cut long strips of masking tape and then use them to create a grid across the top of your bowl. The grid will help provide structure and shape for your arrangement. Optionally, cut a piece of floral foam and place it in the bottom of the bowl to insert your flowers into as you go. I used flowers with larger stems so I skipped this step, but for flowers with more delicate stems you might want to use the foam.

Next up, start clipping and arranging your flowers within the grid. You may need to play around a bit with your arrangement as you go, but that’s the fun of it! This style of arrangement is definitely free form. If you have stems that need a bit more support, you can clip a bamboo skewer and attach it to the stem with floral wire or floral tape. I chose to create a bed of tulips and alstroemeria around the base and then cluster the peonies in the center for a bright burst of pink. It definitely took a bit of trial and error, but I love the final look!

And there you have it! Super simple, easy and pretty. To keep your flowers alive longer, make sure to change the water every couple of days. With a bowl arrangement like this, I find it easiest to use a turkey baster to remove the old water and then I just use a pitcher to fill it back up. Make sure to keep all leaves and petals above the water line to keep your flowers pretty and happy for longer. Happy arranging!

{Design + styling by Cyd Converse | Photos by Alice G. Patterson for The Sweetest Occasion.}



This is such a great DIY Centerpiece…it’s natural; it’s fun; it’s absolutely gorgeous!

great table set up! this is so pretty and seems simple. i love it!


Thanks, ladies! I am so glad you like it – I had so much fun doing this! :-)


great tutorial…where did you get the table cloth? I am working on a baby shower and those colors are perfect. Thanks!!

adore the tape idea! Its so pretty too!


Lovely post! I was wondering what is the name of the nail polish you are wearing… Thanks!

Love it! Definitely will try to DIY a centerpiece soon!


Thanks! I cannot wait to try the nail polish and centerpiece this weekend.


So glad you all loved this tutorial! I have a whole bunch of new DIYs rolling out this month so stay tuned! :-)


Can I ask where you ordered the flowers from? they are beautiful!


Hey Allison! I actually didn’t order them, I just picked them up that morning at a local florist and the peonies were from the back yard! :-)

[…] The perfect project for a sunny weekend– floral centerpieces by The Sweetest […]

[…] a breakfast table or even in the dining room. Find out how to create this elegant piece by visiting The Sweetest Occasion and following all the […]


Love it! Thanks for the tutorial.
Q – where you ordered the tablecloth from? I am in love:)


Hi Joya – the tablecloth is no longer available. It was part of the Dwell collection for Target a few years ago. :-)

Comments are closed on this post