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How to Arrange Flowers for a Centerpiece {Easy Tip!}

How to Arrange Flowers for a Centerpiece {Easy Tip!}

How to Arrange Flowers

Hi all, Michaela here again for my monthly entertaining post! First I have to say it’s such a joy to be over at The Inspired Room every month to show you some fun (and hopefully inspiring!) ideas for your home.

I am a lover of flowers; ever since I can remember, my mom has kept fresh flowers in our house and I always loved how cheery they made a room feel. Even when I was in college, I kept this tradition alive and it always made my dorm, apartment or house feel so warm and fresh.

With the holidays in full swing, I thought it’d be fun to give you a how-to holiday flower arrangement. This was our Thanksgiving centerpiece, but it could easily make a beautiful Christmas centerpiece as well, with its hues of red, green and white. Watch the video for tips, tricks and the entire floral arranging process (you may have to click over to here to view the video if you are reading this from a phone or iPad).

Music: Jess Penner, Life is Rosy

Flower Recipe: Peonies, David Austin Garden Roses, Seeded Eucalyptus, Ranunculus, Berries or Branches

Step 1: Begin by taping off your vessel into sections or quadrants. This will provide easy niches to sit the flowers so they stay in place and also helps you properly space them out.

Step 2: Create a structure and base with your “filler” blooms, lining the edges of your vase with the branches. Place them in different quadrants. I love the look of branches when they spill over the whole vessel.

Step 3: Next add in your “feature flowers,” placing them in different quadrants to be sure they are spaced out. Cut some shorter and some taller, to be sure to give it some diversity.

Step 4: Add in your “accent” flowers to fill in the holes. I started with the Ranunculus, then filled in more with some berry branches.


Be sure to rotate your vase so you are seeing it from all angles! You probably don’t want a distinct front and back :)


What I love about flowers are there really is no “wrong” way to do it! With a few simple tricks (like the taping the vase into sections– seriously changed my life when I learned that one!) you can make professional looking bouquets in your home.

If you’re wondering where I found Peonies this time of year, I went to the flower market in my city. Most major cities have flower markets that are open to wholesalers and retail customers. Just search for the one closest to you online! They’re the best resource for blooms, because they are more affordable than anything you can find at a florist or grocery store.

Here are a few pictures of how the centerpiece looks on a holiday table. Just lovely, I think!

How to Arrange Flowers for a Centerpiece {Easy Tip!}

How to Arrange Flowers for a Centerpiece {Easy Tip!}

How to Arrange Flowers for a Centerpiece {Easy Tip!}

How to Arrange Flowers for a Centerpiece {Easy Tip!}

Hopefully this post has inspired some beautiful centerpieces for your holiday parties and gatherings! You can come say hi to me over at my design blog (I’m sharing a party favor today, so come visit!) or  inquire about my interior design services on my website.

Happy December!

How to Arrange Flowers for a Centerpiece {Easy Tip!}


  1. Heidi

    Love these tips! Sadly, my few summers working at a flower shop did not stick and I still struggle with making low centerpieces. Taping off the container is the only way to put together something remotely good looking.

  2. Tanya

    What a gorgeous arrangement and really good tips!

    xo, Tanya

  3. Michaela

    Thanks for having me! Loved doing this video :) XO

  4. Mindy

    another lovely video! Love the container you put it in. My grandmother gave me a similar soup type bowl that I just put away thinking I’d never use. But now, I might just have to do this! Thanks Michaela!

  5. teresa

    Nothing like fresh flowers….thanks for sharing.

  6. teresa

    Melissa….I also have a similar bowl that was hand painted by my mother in law. I think it will make a perfect Christmas centerpiece….pinning this.
    Merry Christmas

  7. Heidi Hansen

    Thank you for the excellent video….I just used your idea to tape off sections for two large flower arrangements. It totally helped and my flowers look fabulous. I use fresh flowers year round in my home and this will make arranging them mush easier!

  8. Autumn

    I’ve done lots of centerpieces, but have never tried taping off sections. I imagine that would help space everything out. If you say it changed your life, well I can’t wait to try it! Yours is so pretty!

  9. Sarah Anderson

    Personally, I am very bad at arranging flowers, it always looks like a splotchy mess. You do a really good job though, and I hope I can arrange them so nicely one of these days. These tips should really be able to help, like taping off quadrants.

  10. Heather

    The tape idea is so clever! I will definitely have to try that. Your arrangement ended up gorgeous, thanks so much for sharing!


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