(Closed) Is this centerpiece DIY-able?

posted 8 years ago in Flowers
Post # 3
59 posts
Worker bee

I think that is is totally DIYable.  I would either still put some water in the vase with the rocks or I would wrap wet paper towel around the bottom on the stems to keep them moist.  Also – Sams Club online (I don’t know if you would want to order flowers online) has the hydrangeas at a really good price.  I believe it is 20 stems for $50.00.

Post # 4
342 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2010

Actually, hydrangeas are pretty hardy flowers.  In general, anything with a thicker, woody stem holds up pretty well.  I know they lasted in my bouquet with no issues at all till the end of the evening.

That being said – you definitely want to make sure you have some floral foam at the bottom of your centerpiece soaked in water to help keep them hyrdated!  And make sure your vase is steady – they can be heavy!

Post # 5
595 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: March 2011

sure! get the vases, and maybe you could do something to save the little rocks, you can stik a paper towel roll(the roll with no paper towel) int he mittle of the base and just fill it with rocks arround it. the rocks could be a little heavy to transport, and you migh need alot ig you want to fill it all the way

Post # 6
46680 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

I think that the reason we hear this about hydrangeas from floists is that bouquets have to be made in advance and the stems are out of water for a considerable period of time.

I bring hydrangeas to work all the time. I just cut the stems and put them in a bucket of water immediately. Inside the house I recut the stem UNDER WATER so no air can get in the hollow stem and block the absorption of water. Then I put immediately into a vase of water and floral preservative.

I would just order a couple of extra stems to make sure you had spares if you had a problem with some wilting.


Post # 7
287 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2011

Also, I can’t tell what is inside the vase.  If you want a cheaper filler than using rocks, I saw coffee beans used as vase filler before and it looked beautiful!!  You just have to make sure that you air out the beans a day before so your reception doesn’t smell like coffee. 

Post # 9
955 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

I think these would be really REALLY easy to do. Hydrangeas can be difficult depending on how they have been cared for – depending on where you live and what time of year, you might want to go with another large flower instead. Even football mums would look awesome like this. While I’m not a fan of artificial arrangements, I’ve been loving the ostrich feathers done like your arrangement. 🙂

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