On this Valentine’s Day, create a romantic atmosphere at home with a heart-shaped floral centerpiece that you can create in a few minutes.
This beautiful, flat arrangement is called Pavé. It’s done with Carnations, Roses, mothers, baby breath and berries, the stems of which have been cut short to achieve the effect of a surface paved with flowers.
It’s easy to make and perfect for a Valentine’s Day table for two.
Read on to learn how to make your own!
Romantic blooming heart
- 6 stems of red mini carnations for approx. 36 flowers
Mini carnations have several small flowers per stem, in contrast to large carnations with one large flower per stem.
- 2 stems of pink spray roses for approx. 12 flowers
Spray roses or miniature roses have several small flowers per stem – in contrast to large roses with one flower per stem.
- 3 stems of green button nuts for approx. 18 flowers
Mothers come in a range of sizes and colors. These Chartreuse chrysanthemums have several small, compact flowers per stem. They are also known as Kermit mothers or pompoms.
- 1 breath of the baby for adequate care
This delicate multi-flowered white flower is officially known as gypsophilia, but is commonly known as baby breath, a traditional filler for bridal bouquets.
- 1 stem of red Hypericum berries, for approx. 12 berries
Several berries grow on a stem. Hypericum berries in various colors, including green and pink.
- 9-inch floral foam heart with plastic back
- Small towel
- 30 x 2 inch burlap strips or ribbon
- 30 x 1.5 inch decorative ribbon
- Hot glue sticks and glue gun
- Secateurs or pruning shears
How to make your agreement:
1. Assemble materials
Place your supplies on a waterproof surface near a sink.
2. Soak flower foam
Fill the sink with four inches of water.
Place the foam plastic side up on the water. Do not dive in by force, but let the foam soak up water and sink under its own weight.
In about a minute, it should be completely submerged and ready to use.
Spread a towel on your work surface. Remove the soaked foam and place the plastic side down on the towel. Dry the plastic side for the next step.
3. Apply the first trim layer
When the plastic is dry, apply burlap to the plastic with hot glue. Be careful not to burn your hands – the stuff is hot!
The burlap is half an inch above the foam surface.
4. Apply Finish Trim Layer
Use hot glue to apply a decorative tape over the burlap layer and achieve a smooth finish.
5. Cut flowers
Cut the stems as needed. Each should be two inches long, and stems can have one or more flowers or berries on each.
6. Place flowers
Start at the outer edge and work towards the middle. Gently push the stems into the foam one by one to get the pattern you want.
I like creating concentric heart shapes with different types of flowers, but you can do a variety of different things like stripes or polka dots.
Place them tightly, with as little foam visible as possible.
Keep the foam moist to extend the life of your centerpiece. Water as needed by partially lifting a vigorous flower and directing a watering can spout into the flower foam.
Hearts and flowers
Flowers speak a language of romance, and nothing says “I love you” as much as an arrangement of red and pink tones on a table set for you and your sweetheart.
Flat flower displays promote intimacy and leave room for hand posture and tender kisses in the flickering glow of the candlelight …
Sounds fantastic, doesn’t it? Send the kids to Grandma!
How will flowers be included in your Valentine’s Day plans? Let us know your favorite traditions in the comments section below. And Read here how to grow your own chrysanthemums.