Hey Sisters, my name is Summer Overstreet. I am a Christ believing, Sunday school teaching, sweet tea drinking Southern belle. I have been a floral designer for fifteen years and I LOVE my job! I am new to the blogging world and am seeking to encourage and inspire women to embrace a lifestyle of joy and hope in Christ. I would love to see you at jessicasummeroverstreet.com soon!
Mom, for the last three months, your days have been filled with back to school chaos, PTA meetings, all of your child’s extra curricular getting started again, Halloween costume organization…and Christmas is staring you in the face. Eeekkk!
We know that you live everyday to make it all about your child. You are a super mommy! However, before glitter and Elf on the Shelf take over your home, why not treat yourself to a little grown up décor this Thanksgiving?
This quick and easy DIY Thanksgiving bouquet would be the perfect centerpiece for your dining room table or really anywhere in your home. With it’s shorter design, cube vases are so popular and easy to use. Let us walk you through the steps of creating the perfect floral bouquet this Thanksgiving season! Here we go!
What You Will Need:
1- Pair strong scissors
1- 5×5 clear glass cube vase
7- Stems leather leaf
2- Stems seeded eucalyptus
2- Ti leaves
1- Roll of green floral tape
3- Stems orange lilies
3- Stems red spray roses
3- Stems dried lotus pods
STEP ONE: First, fill your vase with water.
STEP TWO: Grab your scissors and your leather leaf.
Cut your leather leaf into pieces, utilizing every little bit. The best way to do that is to turn your piece over, look at the backside, start at the bottom spring of the leather and count up four springs. Cut the piece right above the four little sprig from the bottom, giving yourself two small pieces of leather.
Cut each piece of leather to be approximately 7 inches tall.
STEP THREE: Start putting your pieces in the vase in a crisscross design. (One on the left, one on the right, repeat.) The idea is to green the vase in such a way that the stems are intertwined inside of the vase. This will create stability in your bouquet once you start adding your flowers.
STEP FOUR: Next, add your seeded eucalyptus!
Cut off five individual sprigs of eucalyptus making each sprig approximately 9 inches long. Insert one sprig in all four corners of the vase and one in the middle. Be sure to not stick straight into the leather leaf. Instead, slide your eucalyptus sprigs into your leather by going in from a very deep, side angle. In other words, your sprig needs to be held at a nine o’clock, three o’clock angle rather than a twelve o’clock, six o’clock angle. Believe me, you will be much happier with the look if you do it that way!
STEP FIVE: Now it’s time for the ti leaves and floral tape! Fold your leaf over so that the top of the leaf it touching the bottom of the leaf. Not the bottom of the stem, just the bottom of the leaf. Grab your floral tape and start GENTLY wrapping it around the area where the leaf tip and leaf base are joined. After you have wrapped your tape around it about three times, it should be secure enough that you can start to tighten your wrap. Set these aside to come back to shortly!
STEP SIX: Flower time! Get your orange lilies and cut them approximately 10 ½ inches tall. Design these in a triangle shape within your vase. Two in the front, one on each side and one in the back in the middle.
STEP SEVEN: Cut the STEM length of the the leaf approximately 4 inches in length. Slide them into your arrangement from a deep side angle. If you insert them into the more middle section of the bouquet, you will take up your flower room and they are definitely the main focus!
STEP EIGHT: Next, we are going to add our red spray roses. Remove the leaves from the stems and cut your spray roses approximately 9 ½ inches tall. Position them in a triangular shape within your bouquet.
FINAL STEP! Grab your lotus pods and cut them approximately 7 ½ inches tall. Add them into the open holes of your arrangement.
Use your leftover seeded eucalyptus and fill in any extra little holes that you may have and TADA!!!! You have created a beautiful centerpiece for your Thanksgiving meal!
5 Tips For A Great Designing Experience
- Do not be in a hurry. If you try to throw this together quickly, you will get very aggravated very fast.
- Remove everything from the portion of the stem that will be going into the vase. Leaves, thorns and jagged stem edges will make it hard for you to pierce into your greened vase and even harder to reposition your flower stem if you need to.
- DO NOT over cut your stem! I can not emphasize that enough! The stem measurements given to you are only approximate lengths. Until you get the hang of this, cut your stems a little longer than the measurements provided. Then keep snipping away little by little until you get the perfect look. You can always take off more, but you can never add back if you take too much!
- Call your local florist a few days in advance and order the product that you need for your bouquet. Thanksgiving is a busy time in the floral industry and you do not want to end up with mismatched leftovers.
- If your family is going to be eating at a large or long table, consider making two or three of these bouquets to line down your table like a runner. The effect is amazing!
So Mom, are you ready to do this? Of course you are! You are smart, talented and resourceful! You want to give your family an intimate, homey Thanksgiving experience this year!
We would love to see your work! Be sure to tag us using the hashtag #thebeautywithin31. Happy designing!