Make Your Own Tulip Centerpiece from Chelsea at Frolic

Oh, how we love Frolic! Chelsea’s daily inspiration blog is always chock-full of pretty ideas that feel effortless and chic. So, we’re so happy that she’ll be posting DIY projects that easy to do while packing a big punch.full-view-centerpiece-finishedThis floral centerpiece is lush, full and modern but budget friendly and easy to make. Tulips are available in the fall, winter, and spring. During summer, we recommend full, open roses. Total cost: $26.00

supplies-scissors-water-vaseSupplies:
Vase (pictured $3 at Target)
Flower clippers

Flower Recipe:
20 stems of tulips ( aprox $20 from local market)
2 stems nerine lilies ( aprox $3.00 local market)

Steps:
1. Condition flowers: Re-cut stems, place in a bucket of cold water overnight. Keep away from food, fruit and drafts.

2. Remove greens from tulips.

tulips-stems-remove-greens3. Separate flowers by type and color.

hand-holding-tulips-stems4. Take a few tulips and place in your hand (ex. left hand if you are right-handed)

5. Hold the stems near the bottom of the blossoms, this will help create the lush look. The higher up on the stem you hold the flowers, the tighter the arrangement will be.

6. As you add groups of flowers (about 3 stems each), turn the bouquet to the left.

hand-holding-bouquet-tulips7. You will start to see the stems spiral.

8. Fill in any holes with the Nerine Lilies.

9. Clip the stems approximately 5 inches short and drop into the vase..

close-up-tulip-centerpiece10. When they sit in the vase, the stems should not touch the bottom and the blossoms should rest on the rim of the vase. You may have to adjust one or two flowers to make it look just perfect!

Tips/Mistakes: Make sure the tulips are fresh, crisp, and firm to start with. Wilty tulips won’t be able to withstand this much handling. To refresh them, submerge the flowers, blossoms and all, in a bucket of cold water for a few minutes.

Tulips grow in the vase! Your arrangement will grow overnight at least an inch. Cut the stems an inch shorter than necessary to account for this.

centerpiece-pinks-diy-table-settingStyling tip: We paired this with simple white tablecloth and hot pink napkins (From West Coast Event Productions) from a rental company, for a crisp, modern look. We also added a hot pick Ranunculus flower floating in a glass dish for a favor at each place setting.
No time? Find a similar version here:
Just about any florist will be able to create a similar look (just be sure to bring in a copy of this post!). Head on over to mywedding.com to find a flower shop in your area.

about the author
chelsea Chelsea started Frolic! in 2006. Frolic! is devoted to effortless style and simple living. Featuring the latest finds in clothing, interiors, travel, food, art and design, as well as DIY ideas, flower projects and recipes, Frolic! is a go to resource for design enthusiasts and tastemakers around the globe.

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