Pretty Peonies!

For many weddings and events, a lot of the budget can go into your flower centerpieces.  Today, I am going to show you a simple arrangement that is gorgeous, has an English garden feel and is a fun DIY project. One of my tricks for these DIY flower centerpieces is making the main focal flowers from crepe paper peonies.

Step By Step Tutorial

For the full photo tutorial you can visit this post. These lush crepe peonies can be made ahead and they are great for guests to admire when they realize your bouquets are based on these pretty handcrafted blooms. As you can see in the wedding photo below, this is a simplified replica of the beautiful arrangements made by my florist friend Kyla for the wedding of our friends Lauren and Nelson.

Bridal Bouquets

Remember the bridal bouquets which also used the crepe peonies? To tie it all together we brought the English garden look to the center of our tables, each arrangement marked with a dog cutout to name each table. They were a hit! For my tutorial, I have used salal (lemon leaf), seeded eucalyptus, and dusty miller for the greens. The flowers are simply green hydrangea and pink roses leaving the focal point for the large crepe peony heads. I had collected different hobnail milk glass vases and containers. As you can see in the tutorial they all varied and here are samples of two versions. For the shallow pedestal bowl, I made a simple grid using white duck tape that I cut into thin strips. You can use waterproof floral tape or any other waterproof tape. This helps hold the arrangement in place while allowing you to design a lush look. Once you have gathered all of your materials, just follow my step-by-step tutorial below and you will have a gorgeous flower centerpiece for your upcoming event. Enjoy! ~ Lia