Wedding Ideas

DIY Centerpieces On A Spending Budget

Calling all DIY queens and brides on a price range!  We’re excited to bring you this step-by-step tutorial on creating DIY centerpieces!  Nikelle Orellana-Reyes is the talented artist behind Wylde.  We’ve been admiring her work for months it would be challenging not to since her flower shop is actually around the corner from the WedPics office in downtown Raleigh!  She’s a fan of locating floral supplies from her own neighborhood, supporting regional farmers, and opting for in-season supplies… so she was an clear selection to share her advice and suggestions for keeping fees down although attaining florist-worthy DIY centerpieces on a price range.


  • Forage! – use what’s around you!  Look to see what you have around your residence or around your friends’ houses, particularly bushes or trees that need to be trimmed, and use that as your base greenery.  Aim for a mix of textures, colors, and lengths.
  • In season & easily accessible – opt for flowers that are in season and locally available.
  • Farmer’s markets – a great place to uncover local, in-season flowers on a budget.
  • Neighborhood nurseries & residence improvement stores – an unexpected supply, especially for greenery.
  • On-line wholesalers – Flower Muse, Fabulous Florals, and Fifty Florals are good on the web choices.  Keep in mind if you use these online sources, the minimums are quite higher so it might be far more cost successful to get the quantity you want from a neighborhood florist.
  • Vases don’t want to be fancy – Check dollar/thrift shops for easy glass containers you can constantly spruce them up with paint!

Tip! If you’re looking for tough to locate flowers (like garden roses or some tropicals), we suggest locating a local florist who can provide you flowers, or purchasing plants from your nearby nursery or Home Depot. 

YOU’LL Require:

  1. Vases – ours were sourced from our neighborhood dollar store
  2. Flowers & greenery
  3. Floral tape
  4. Floral shears
  5. Lazy susan
  6. Finishing spray

Step 1 – Gather flowers & greenery
We utilized an array of plants and flowers that had been identified in our backyards and gardens.

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Step 2 – Tape grid
Produce a structural base for your stems by taping out a grid onto the leading of your vessel.  This step is especially important for arrangements that are wider than they are tall to hold your stems upright and in location.  Space the pieces of tape about 1 inch apart.

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Step 3 – Create a base with greenery
Shoot for no more than 3 different types to keep your arrangement from becoming cluttered.  Go for an asymmetrical shape, with one particular side being greater than the other.

Tip! Create a test vase of your foraged items (leave it out for many days) to assess for wilting and lifespan ahead of utilizing in your final arrangements.

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Step 4 – Add heartier stems & taller flowers
This helps generate the shape for your arrangement.

Tip! Don’t discount “cheap” flowers even the regular carnation appears ultra-chic when properly arranged!


Step 5 – “Carpeting”
Produce a “carpet” of smaller flowers in the space about the prime of the vessel.  This helps to add filler flowers and hide any “holes” that could exist.


Step 6 – A lot more height & “focal” flowers
Finish your arrangement with your star-of-the-show flowers and add more height in locations that you see requirements it.

Tip! Cluster like-elements with each other, and cut stems long… you can usually trim a lot more away but you can’t make them longer when you’ve snipped!

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Step 7 – Finishing Spray
Spray your arrangement with finishing spray to help stop wilting and drying out.

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  • Retailer flowers in a cool, shady spot – wilting is much much more probably to occur in heat and direct sunlight.
  • For summer season weddings, produce arrangements as close to the big day as feasible (the day prior to or day of, ideally!).  Wait as lengthy as possible just before acquiring or cutting your flowers.
  • Make confident your arrangements have fresh water and a lot of it – the water line need to be about an inch under the rim of your vase!
  • You can also mist your flowers with a spray bottle to prevent them from drying out.


Spring – Flowering trees like dogwood, cherry, plum and apple blossoms can be discovered in your yard, along with Azaleas in lots of berry colors. Tulips, daffodils and other spring bulb flowers are easy to uncover at your neighborhood farmers market place. Peonies are offered in late spring and are cheapest this time of year.

Summer – Hydrangeas and Roses in early summer season can be found in your yard (if you’re an avid gardener or you know somebody who is). Stock, Snapdragons, and foxglove commence to appear in early Summer season and are very affordable during this time. Cosmos, Coneflower, Zinnea and Amaranth are effortless to discover locally when it starts to get warm.

Fall -Dahlias are the Fall show stopper and can be identified at your regional farmers market place August via November (based on the temperatures). Chrysanthemums are also available in Fall. Don’t neglect to forage in your yard for fall foliage, which can exhibit lots of color changes from subtle to a lot more dramatic.

Winter – is difficult if you want nearby flowers, but there are lots of evergreens that can be employed along with bare branches and berries (like Privet).

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Nikelle Orellana-Reyes, an art director and graphic designer by day, produced Wylde in 2014 to take her love of flowers and gardening into a new path. Her years of knowledge working with form, colour, and composition inform her nuanced aesthetic and spontaneous strategy to floral design.  Hannah Ross Clarke tends Wylde’s reduce flower garden just a handful of miles from downtown Raleigh and recently joined the Wylde group complete-time. With each other, they are committed to crafting sophisticated and organic arrangements for all occasions.

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