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Cascading Centerpiece Tutorial

written by Katie September 30, 2016
FiftyFlowers - Cascading Centerpiece Tutorial with Garden Roses

Every so often when I’m cruising Pinterest I come across something that just stops me in my tracks, and this cascading blush, cream, and burgundy centerpiece was definitely one of those things. I absolutely love the unstructured look of it, the mixed textures, the rich colors, really everything about it. 

Cascading Centerpiece

Cascading Centerpiece Inspiration

So, when we had our Whimsical Garden Rose Sample Pack coming through the office (with the Powder Pink and Raspberry Ribbons Garden Roses featured), I thought it was the perfect opportunity to try and recreate this beauty! We supplemented this with some White Dahlias, Salal Greenery, Boxwood Greenery, and little Lilac Button Poms. Here’s our finished product, but scroll on for the full tutorial of our process!

FiftyFlowers Cascading Centerpiece

FiftyFlowers Cascading Centerpiece

So for the base, we actually just used a cake stand (that my mom made by gluing a candlestick to a little plate, thanks mom!) with a shallow bowl set on top of it. Not the most stable, but it worked for our purposes! We then cut off the bottom corners of our Oasis foam block to fit in the bowl, and soaked it in water. Once this is all set up, you can start measuring and cutting your products! We began at one end of the Oasis block and worked our way from left to right

FiftyFlowers Cascading Centerpiece Tutorial

FiftyFlowers Cascading Centerpiece Tutorial

Hold the items up to the foam as you go to give you an idea of how much stem to trim off. Remember–measure twice, cut once!

FiftyFlowers Cascading Centerpiece Tutorial

FiftyFlowers Cascading Centerpiece TutorialFiftyFlowers Cascading Centerpiece Tutorial

One thing to keep in mind when choosing the products for a centerpiece like this, is that you definitely want to have flowers and greenery of different sizes (small and large blooms, and small and large leaves). It’s the best way to achieve the unstructured, multi-textured look of an arrangement like this. While we were putting it together, we ended up wanting even more variation in the color and size of the greenery we were using, so we decided to make use of the rose foliage! Its leaves were smaller than the Salal leaves, plus they were darker and shinier than the other two leaf types. This required creating a faux stem for the rose leaves, and here’s how we did that:

FiftyFlowers Faux Stem Tutorial

Faux Stem Tutorial

Subtle difference, but I think it added some nice variation!

And just for fun, here are a couple of close-up glamour shots of the finished product:

FiftyFlowers Cascading Centerpiece Tutorial

FiftyFlowers Cascading Centerpiece Tutorial


What flowers would you use for a cascading centerpiece? Let us know in the comments below!

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Ellie October 3, 2016 at 4:09 pm

How soon before the even did you make these?

Marina Megens October 13, 2016 at 1:45 pm

Hi Ellie, Arrangements should always be made as close to the event as possible, especially when using floral foam. I would say 1-2 days before max. The day before would be ideal!

Jess September 30, 2016 at 11:06 pm

How long do the leaves with the fake stems last in the arrangement?

So beautiful I love it!

Marina Megens October 13, 2016 at 1:43 pm

Hi Jess, Greenery is pretty hardy, so even without water they should last several days, and since we don’t recommend making these too far before the event, the greenery should last just fine!


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