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DIY Centerpiece – How to Make Your Own Rose Centerpiece

If I had a rose for every time I thought of you, I’d be picking roses forever – Swedish Proverb

Since roses are synonymous with romance it only makes sense that they would be the most popular wedding flower. Roses are versatile; they are able to transform your wedding from minimal to mod, and anywhere in between. Here is one glamorous way to employ roses in your special day celebration, using them in a beautiful centrepiece, as demonstrated by our very own Bob at Bunches Direct.

Materials:
- vase
- 12 to 18 roses
- salal leaves
- tiki leaves
- baby’s breath (optional)
- flower food (solution)
- sharp knife or scissors

Instructions:
1. Remove the roses from the box they were shipped in. Cut off the bottom leaves and thorns (any leaves that will be submerged under water need to be removed or they will start to rot due to the moisture), and trim the stems – then place them in water.
Having been out of water for a few hours the roses will be thirsty and will need to
rehydrate.

2. Before you start arranging your flowers, remove the guard petals too. These are the petals on the outside of each flower – they are often browned or ripped from over exposure and shipping. There are lots of petals on each flower, so you don’t need to worry about removing the outer ones.

3. Fill the vase with warm water and add the flower food.

4. Using the salal leaves you have purchased, add them to create the base of your arrangement. You can also add a few tiki leaves. Both leaves will help hold the flowers in place.

5. Cut your roses to the appropriate length. Flowers should always be a minimum of 1 ½ inchs higher than the vase. Cut and arrange 5 (five) roses to create the top layer of your arrangement. When you are arranging your flowers, keep in mind that they should be arranged in the shape of a dome or an umbrella.

6. Begin to arrange your second and third layers. For the second layer, the roses should be placed in between the roses of the first layer. Keep turning the vase to guarantee there are no gaps between the flowers; the arrangement will be seen from all angles, so you want to make sure that there are no gaps.

7. Depending on how full you want your arrangement to be you can stop after 12 (twelve) roses or continue on to 18 (eighteen) flowers. Eighteen flowers usually creates a full, round arrangement.

8. Once all your flowers are added, add more tiki leaves beneath all the floral layers.

And there you have it; you’ve completed your first centerpiece for your wedding. Wasn’t that easy?

To watch the video for this arrangement with our floral expert, Bob, visit: BunchesDirect – DIY: White Rose Centrepiece Video

Optional Add-on:
You can leave your arrangement with just the tiki and salal leaves, or you can add some baby’s breath throughout for an extra touch of elegance. If you are interested in adding baby’s breath see the tutorial video here.

Tips:
- Since tiki leaves are fine and soft they create a finer, softer looking arrangement, which is a nice contrast to the thick, hard stems of the roses.
- When filling your vase with water, ensure you use warm water and the provided flower food. This will keep the water clean and fresh, just the way roses like it.
- Make sure that when you are cutting the stems of the roses that you cut them on an angle, so they are able to drink enough water to keep them well hydrated and looking fresh.
- Always make sure you are measuring the height of the flower before cutting it, to ensure that you get the proper height that you desire for your centerpiece.

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