One of the pleasures of growing flowers is clipping a few to enjoy inside your home. Today I’m sharing how to create an Easy Summer Centerpiece that can be made using either flowers from your yard or flowers purchased from a grocery store, florist, or farmer’s market.
I’m sharing my Easy Summer Centerpiece along with a talented group of bloggers for a Summer Celebration Blog Hop. This tour is organized by my friend Amber from Follow the Yellow Brick Home. I love Amber’s gorgeous old home and how she decorates it so beautifully with vintage style.
Even though schools are starting, there’s still a lot of summer left to enjoy. Today’s blog hop is a celebration of summer. I’m looking forward to seeing the summer ideas that my friends are sharing today. You’ll find links to all of the participants at the end of this post.
If you are visiting from Celebrate and Decorate, welcome! Chloe’s summer decorating tips are sure to give everyone some ideas to use for the remaining weeks of summer.
Easy Summer Centerpiece
Having fresh flowers in my home makes me happy. I like to have a small vase of flowers near my kitchen sink to enjoy while I cook or wash dishes. When I take time to make a casual flower arrangement for my kitchen or dining room table, I enjoy it immensely.
I love having flowers in my home, but I’m not the greatest at arranging them in a vase. Today I’m sharing a tool that helps me to create a beautiful flower arrangement with little effort and it requires no floral design experience to use.
How to Make an Easy Summer Centerpiece
The tool that I use to help me make an easy summer centerpiece is a Floral Design Set from QVC. My aunt gave me this for a wedding shower present in 1994. QVC no longer carries this but I did find one place where it is available.
Steps to Create an Easy Summer Centerpiece
The first step to create an easy summer centerpiece is to clip flowers from your yard or to buy flowers to use for your arrangement. Grocery stores have nice flowers that aren’t expensive. If you have a Trader Joe’s, you are really in luck because they always have a nice selection of flowers for sale. My nearest Trader Joe’s in over 50 miles away, so I don’t often get a chance to shop there. I do find a nice selection of fresh flowers locally at Fresh Market.
The flowers in my yard are in between seasons and I didn’t anything currently in bloom that would be appropriate to use for my summer centerpiece. My good friend is on vacation and I knew from her Instagram stories that she has bunches of Zinnias in bloom in her yard. Since she’s not home to enjoy them, I asked her if I could clip a few for my summer centerpiece.
Cut Flowers to the Same Length
As I cut the Zinnias from my friend’s yard, I put them in a bucket with a few inches of cool water. After I got home, I let the flowers rest in the bucket for a few hours in our cool basement. This gave the flowers plenty of time to soak up the water through the xylem in their stems.
When I was ready to make my flower arrangement, I started by determining how long a Zinnia should be when used in the floral design set. Then I cut all of the Zinnias to that length. I also clipped some Licorice plant (Helichrysum petiolare) from one of my containers to use as a filler.
Arrange the Flowers
If you have one color of one type of flower, the flower design set it super easy to use. Simply put one or two flowers with a sprig of filler into each small vase and you are done.
Some of the Zinnia stems were very short when I cut them from my friend’s yard. Those Zinnias ended up submerged in my bucket of water. That’s why some of the flowers look wet and why you see drops of water on my table.
The Beauty of Zinnias
My mother grew Zinnias every summer and they are a flower that I love. Mama was in charge of flower arrangements for church for the month of July and she often used Zinnias. I haven’t grown Zinnias in years, mostly because it’s hard to keep the deer from eating them.
Enjoy the Arrangement
My easy summer centerpiece is on our dining room table. We most often enter our home through our side porch (now a sunroom!!) which leads directly into our dining room. We never eat in this space but we pass through this room frequently, so this is a spot that is perfect for enjoying a floral centerpiece.
Like I said on my Summer Mantel with Mason Jars and Lemons post, I like to see a whole space when I’m reading a blog post, so here you can see most of our dining room.
This picture is also a good opportunity to share our new replacement windows. I hated to get rid of our original windows and I agonized over replacing them but now that the new windows are in place, I am 100% happy with them.
Fresh flowers are a great addition to any room in your home and they don’t have to be difficult to arrange. Now that I’ve made this easy summer arrangement, I’m going to enjoy it for as long as the Zinnias last and then I’ll make another easy arrangement with different flowers for this room.
Next on the tour is Coco from The Crowned Goat. Coco is sharing a lavender topiary and I can’t wait to read her post.
I hope you enjoy all of the summer ideas shared today on this Summer Celebration Blog Hop.