DIY Thanksgiving Centerpiece
November 21, 2013
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Allow me to introduce you to Erin of Foret Design. Because this girl? Well, you really need to know her. Not only is she as sweet as pie, she also happens to be the genius behind this incredible, show-stopping, over-the-top centerpiece that graced our Thanksgiving table. And guess what?! She's breaking it all down for each and everyone of us right now. Fancy tables, here we come!

A water tight container
Poultry netting (or chicken wire)
A pin frog
Floral putty
Floral tape
Wire cutters

Flower types used:
Amaryllis, Peonies, Ranunculus, Roses, Chrysanthemum, Tulips, Ammi, Pistachio branches & berries, Privet, Kumquats, Magnolia, Pear branches


step-1Using floral putty, attach a pin frog to the bottom of your container.

step-2Create a dome structure of poultry netting and place inside your container and secure with floral tape.

step-3Fill the container with water.

step-4Start by adding your structural elements i.e. fruited or flowering branches and berries. Secure them by using the pin frog -- these first branches are the foundation to your composition. We chose an asymmetrical composition by having more of the visual weight on one side of the container than the other.

step-5Start adding in your "show-stoppers"-- your big blooms like amaryllis and/or peonies.

step-6Begin incorporating your supporting flowers such as roses and ranunculus and layering them in at different depths. All the while, continue to add in additional textural elements.

step-7Rotate your arrangement as you work to make sure all angles are considered. Don't forget to bend down and check the edges of the container and make that the structure is concealed (both wire and tape).

Helpful Tips and Tricks from Foret Design

Why chicken wire as opposed to floral foam? We love the loose whimsical feel that chicken wire allows. it helps to create a more natural looking arrangement rather than something that is stiff and overly structured.

Where to start and what to choose: think about the feeling you wish to evoke. if you want to create something feminine and romantic, think about a dusty, soft palette that may incorporate creams, peaches, blush tones and sage. If you're seeking a more earthy arrangement, try using richer tones like plums, burnt reds, and oranges. In this case, we choose to use a softer palette but infused a pop of plum for contrast.

Pair clippings from house plants or outside foliage with store or florist bought flowers to keep costs down or to increase the variety of materials used.

Remember, it's not just about the flowers. Textures are just as interesting! Think about incorporating berries, produce, vines, grasses or branches to add more interest to your design.

Check out this cute video for the full rundown!

Floral Design, Tips & Guide: Erin of Foret Design | Photography: White Loft Studio