Submerged Flowers Centerpiece DIY Tutorial


Submerged Flowers Centerpiece DIY Tutorial

Are you struggling to recreate those beautiful submerged flowers centerpieces featured across wedding blogs and Pinterest? A submerged floral centerpiece does wonders to create enchanting ambience that is both romantic and elegant. Viewing a flower through glass and water creates a beautiful magnifying effect which is one reason why submerged flower centerpieces look absolutely stunning. Even though there are inspiration pictures galore, actually getting this DIY project down requires the right approach. Some tutorial suggest using aquarium glue, but aquarium glue can be difficult to remove if you plan on using your centerpiece ever again. Here’s are the materials I suggest using:


  1. Florals (real florals are ideal because silk or satin flowers may bleed colors)
  2. Glass vase (cylinder or fishbowl vases are preferable)
  3. Fishing sinkers (fishing line helps attach sinkers to flowers)
  4. Scissors
  5. Colored stones
  6. Distilled water
  7. Candle (optional)

When selecting your florals of choice, keep in mind that flowers with paper-thin petals and/or pollen will likely result in unwanted materials rising to the surface. Some plants that maintain their form well when submerged are roses, tulips, lilies, ferns, hydrangeas, and cherry blossom branches. Any type of glass vases work well, but I personally think tall cylinders and fishbowls look the best for a DIY submerged flower centerpiece. Let’s begin the tutorial, shall we?

1) Measure and cut your blooms to the appropriate size. If you’re planning on placing a floating candle at the top of your centerpiece, make sure to leave adequate space so the candle doesn’t just sit on top of your arrangement.


2) Anchor a fishing weight to your bloom. Attaching the weight can be accomplished by a number of ways. I found that some flowers, like roses, have stems that make attaching weights very easy. All you have to do is insert the weight’s metal loop into the stem. Oftentimes that will do the trick, but sometimes attaching the weights can be a little tricky!


If that fails, you can peel part of the stem back and then tie it around the sinker’s metal loop with a secure knot. Still not working for you? Try using a paperclip or some fishing line!


3) Next, place the bloom upright in your vase, and cover with colored stones to hide the fishing weights.


4) Fill the vase with water and top it off with a floating candle. Ideally, you should use distilled water to prevent bubbles from appearing on your flower (my picture below is the EXACT reason you shouldn’t use tap water!). Depending on your location and the quality of your water supply, tap water may damage the bloom and/or become discolored due to minerals found in your water.


And that’s all there is to it. If you’re using real flowers for the event, you’ll want to set up these flowers the day before and refrigerate, or set them up the morning of your event. Thank you for reading!


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