Want more than just a traditional center piece for the Holiday dinner table this year, something that will make your table look elegant and wow the dinner guests? This easy to make live flower garland will do the trick. The live flower garland can be made to fit any size dining table and is created using your favorite flowers.
Materials Needed to Make a Live Flower Garland
* Florist’s foam blocks
* Chicken wire
* Flowers and greenery
* Styrofoam trays (like meat is packaged in at the grocers)
Determine the Length of the Live Flower Garland
Before making any purchases, determine how long the flower garland needs to be. This live flower garland is flexible and can be used straight down the center of the table from end to end, placed in a curved shape down the center of the table and interspersed with candles, or fashioned into a ring that can take center stage on the Holiday dinner table.
Once the shape has been decided on, measure the length and purchase half the length amount of florist’s foam blocks. Each florist’s foam block will be cut in half. The corresponding amount of chicken wire will be needed also.
Cut, Wrap, Saturate and Place
Cut each block of florist’s foam in half lengthwise and wrap a piece of chicken wire around it. Wrapping each block of florist’s foam separately gives you total design flexibility.
Place each wrapped foam block in the sink and saturate with water, allowing the excess water to drip out before removing the foam blocks from the sink. Place each saturated foam block in a Styrofoam tray to catch moisture and protect table, then arrange on the table in the desired shape.
Create the Live Flower Garland
Cut each flower stem at an angle, leaving three inches of the stem on each flower. Start creating the live flower garland by inserting the largest flowers into the foam first at random intervals. Any flowers will work – gladiolas, chrysanthemums, roses, orchids, bells of Ireland and lady’s mantle are good choices. After the largest flowers are in place, fill in the gaps with smaller flower clusters and greenery. Green leaves cut from the flower choices can be inserted directly into the foam or secured on a florist’s pick with wire and used to fill in gaps. Blades of variegated liriope, magnolia leaves, holly berries, winterberries or other plants and berries that may be found in your landscape work well for filler greenery. Mist the live flower garland with water every couple of days as needed (use a towel to protect table from water) and it will keep your table look magnificent through several Holiday dinners.