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Valentine's Day Centerpieces You Can Make Yourself - Add a Flower Arrangement to Your Table.

Updated on January 24, 2013
Gebera daisies are bright and modern, ideal for a Valentine's decoration. In this design they are placed in a shallow glass dish with middolino sticks, bound together with pink wire.
Gebera daisies are bright and modern, ideal for a Valentine's decoration. In this design they are placed in a shallow glass dish with middolino sticks, bound together with pink wire. | Source

Flowers Complete Any Table Setting

If you're planning a stay at home celebration of Valentine's Day, don't forget flowers for your table. They always make a table setting just a little more special. You don't have to splash out on roses, but it is usually pretty difficult to find anything in the garden. There are two real alternatives, your local supermarket or a local florist. If you're planning a large party, then one of the online flower sellers is your best bet, but otherwise you might just have to make do with what you can find in the local stores. That's not a problem as long as you have some flower arranging equipment ready for any occasion. Add to this with every year and you'll soon be able to cope with any occasion, no matter how grand.

An alternative to Fresh flowers is to buy a potted plant a few days in advance. Dress the plant by placing it in a glass vase and add ribbons of wire and
An alternative to Fresh flowers is to buy a potted plant a few days in advance. Dress the plant by placing it in a glass vase and add ribbons of wire and | Source

The Right Color For Valentines Flowers

Everyone knows that red is the traditional Valentines color, but you'll find several; types of floral decoration for this particular day. Red is for passion and romance. If you're planning a dinner just for the two of you, the red is the color for you. If you're planning an all girls celebration, say a Valentines lunch, pink is ideal, and if you prefer something different, try shades of lilac.

When you buy accessories for Christmas, keep Valentines in mind. If you buy plain red napkins or a tablecloth you can use these again for Valentiines day. Red candles can also be used for both occasions, pillar candles and the floating variety, but if you want a specific Valentine's decoration, heart shaped floating candles may the way to go. Don't mix red and white, it will look as though you've got something left over from Christmas.

When You Need to Work in Advance


Most of us have very little time, so create your floral centerpiece well in advance. If you can't get hold of fresh flowers, why not use a pot plant? You can easily dress them up as in this design from Smither's Oasis. Ideally cover the pot with something decorative, angle hair wire is ideal and should be in your flower arranging tool kit, then fill the bottom of the vase you're using with meddolino sticks and/or wire as decoration.

If you can't get those materials, try flower petals in the bottom of the vase and cover the pot with baking foil or a paper napkin.

An African violet plant, the pot covered in angel hair wire, and the edge bound in pink beaded wire. large bands of purple wire line seven inch vase.
An African violet plant, the pot covered in angel hair wire, and the edge bound in pink beaded wire. large bands of purple wire line seven inch vase. | Source
Oasis Floral Foam Bricks Standard Maxlife Pack of 4
Oasis Floral Foam Bricks Standard Maxlife Pack of 4

Preserve your flowers by soaking oasis foam thoroughly before you use it. When you're working with a lot of flowers, store the foam in a bucket of water.

 

Buy Extra Materials

When you plan your decorations for the Christmas holidays, buy extra red wire and some silver angel hair. They'll always be useful. Angle hair looks great in a vase and can also be added as an accent to wreaths and other decorations.

Wire can be wrapped around stems, flowers, or vases, or you can mold it into shapes, as in this decoration.

A supply of pink wire, middolino sticks or beaded wires is always useful for birthdays and anniversaries, as long as you like pink, if not, lilac is useful for all the same occasions. While wire is the modern accent for floral displays, ribbon is softer, and can also be used for wrapping presents. Wire ribbon is especially useful as even when your bows are crushed they can always be revived.


Another reason to have some silver angel hair and red wire in your flower arranging tool kit. Add three red roses and a few sprigs of green, all you need is a small glass and you have a quite simple arrangement.
Another reason to have some silver angel hair and red wire in your flower arranging tool kit. Add three red roses and a few sprigs of green, all you need is a small glass and you have a quite simple arrangement. | Source
Eastland Glass Cylinder Vase Set of 3
Eastland Glass Cylinder Vase Set of 3

Hugely versatile, I use these all the time, sometimes for floating candles, sometimes for fresh flowers and sometimes for silk. With three bouquets together at different heights, the end result can be spectacular!

 

Build Your Vase Collection

It's always useful to build a collection of glass vases, so take a look in thrift and antique shops when you can, but don't forget that you can use drinking glasses for flowers as long as you wash them thoroughly.

Aim to have a wide shallow bowl for floating arrangements, a taller trumpet shaped vase for general flowers and set of cylinder vases which can be used for candles or for fresh or silk flowers. You may also like to keep a store of OASIS floral foam and some tape. Wreath shapes can be used on doors or to create a centerpiece, just place a candle in the middle and fill any space with pot pouri and foam spheres make a wonderful base for an extravagant but simple arrangement like the one below.

A foam sphere, filled with different red flowers and placed on a mirror.
A foam sphere, filled with different red flowers and placed on a mirror. | Source

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      Fany 4 years ago

      he doesn't need one day to show how much he cares! And i have to agree! It will be our one year anniversary this coimng Thursday and we will be spending it in Montreal (where he asked me out last year)! I'm so sorry for your loss and I hope that you have been able to cherish all the love you have around you for Valentine's Day and all year round! Ciao for now doll! xoxo

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