DIY Peony, Rose, and Ranunculus Centerpiece

Make this simple peony, rose and ranunculus centerpiece! Do it yourself flower arrangements have become very popular for two important reasons, first and foremost saving money! Second, it adds a personal flair to your wedding, baby shower, bridal shower or special event. Follow this simple step-by-step tutorial.

Preparing Flower Stems

It is important when making centerpieces with fresh flowers that you prepare each stem in advance. When you receive your flowers, remove them from the packaging, including all cardboard, paper, or plastic. Cut all flowers and greenery stems approximately 1 inch on a 45-degree angle. If possible, cut under water or running water. Clear away extra leaves and foliage that will go into the vase to prevent bacteria build up.

Preparing roses, remove thorns from the rose stems with a rose thorn stripper or a paring knife. If you are using a paring knife, be careful removing individual thorns. Cut each thorn at the stem.

Peonies will arrive in tight buds, sometimes partially open. A warmer room can affect how quickly peonies open. Peonies drink much water, especially during the first day of hydrating. If you want the peonies to open quickly, place them in warm water. Check how much water is in your vase to ensure the peonies are in at least 4-5 inches of clean water. Use a tall vase to help support the peonies while they are hydrating.


10-12 stems of Pink Peonies (can use assorted peonies)
8-9 stems of Yellow Ranunculus
15-20 stems of Rose Vendela cream
8-10 stems of Lemon Papoose
Silver Mercury Glass Vase (opening 4 inches)
Floral Scissors
Paring Knife

Have all your supplies ready to go! While making your centerpieces, keep your flowers in the buckets of water.

Step 1

Fill the vase with water halfway. Add one peony

Step 2

Cut stem of rose and add it with the peony.

Step 3

Cut the lemon papoose stem add to vase.

Step 4

Cut the stem of the ranunculus and add to the vase. Repeat process adding more flowers. Cross the stems to create a locking effect.

Step 5

Rotate as you build your centerpiece to create a full, free-flowing ensemble. Be sure to pay attention to the way the stems want to tilt to help you create a natural arrangement. Building in front of a mirror will help you see various angles and sparse sections.

Step 6

Find any holes in the centerpiece and fill with flowers and greenery.

You have a gorgeous centerpiece!

Make a centerpiece for each table.

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