How to make a centrepiece with flowers

Flower Centrepiece

Get creative with peonies and make a gorgeous centrepiece filled with your favourite flowers and greenery. Here, leading author and stylist Selina Lake shows us how it's done with her top tips.  

To achieve any of these looks, you need to first condition the flowers by removing the lower leaves on the stem, plus any sharp thorns. Snip the ends diagonally and plunge into a bucket of cool water until you are ready to create your display. 

Table Centrepiece

Pick a low vessel with a wide opening and make sure it’s watertight, then cut a piece of oasis to fit inside the vessel and soak well in water. If needed, hold in position using florist tape. Starting with the foliage, begin to fill the oasis with a base layer of greenery. Follow with your chosen flower stems, remembering to keep turning the vessel and filling out all the sides for a balanced display. Save the most delicate flowers till last to avoid bruising the petals. The arrangement can be relaxed and informal, so keep adding flowers until you’re happy with how it looks.

Mantlepiece Styling

Flower Arrangement On Mantlepiece

A good and plastic free way to recycle glass bottles is to use them as vases to display stems and gather a collection on a shelf or mantlepiece. Here I’ve added spools of silk ribbons and embroidered trim along with a couple of pretty vintage botanical prints. This is a good way to make one bunch of flowers go further.

Silks and Muslin

Peony Flower Bouquet With Silk Tie

Display a statement vase of flowers on a table dressed with layered muslin fabric loosely draped and decorated with silk ribbons in delicate tones of blush pink and peach. This idea works well when decorating a venue for a party or wedding.

For more styling and crafting ideas from Selina, take a look at her flower bouquet and flower crown guides.

Image & Styling Credit: Selina Lake