These Sunflower Centerpieces Will Brighten Up Your Breakfast Table
Sunflowers are the cheeriest flowers. Daisies are a close second, but it’s clear that sunflowers take the prize. There’s just something about that classic, sunny combination of color, scale, and whimsy that wins over everyone it meets. Sunflowers can’t help but bring a smile to your face. Buffy Hargett Miller, our Southern Living flower maven, has created five gorgeous, sunflower-filled designs that you can re-create in your home this season. It couldn’t be easier to adorn your home with sunflowers, and with these tutorials, you’ll be swimming in sunny floral designs in no time. We have five ideas for you—four centerpieces and one wreath—that you can create in an afternoon and enjoy for weeks. But why stop at one? Try all five during this year's blooming season, and you'll have sunflowers spreading cheer in every corner of your home. Start with sunflowers from your local florist—or, if you’re lucky, from your own garden, add a few other ingredients, and in just a few steps you'll be on your way to your very own sunflower designs. Let us help you arrange these cheery flowers into an eye-catching centerpiece or wreath that will brighten your day each and every time you see it.
Make Your Own Sunflower Centerpieces
Sunflowers are the cheeriest flowers. Daisies are a close second, but it’s clear that sunflowers take the prize. There’s just something about that classic, sunny combination of color, scale, and whimsy that wins over everyone it meets.
Gather up your favorite antique jars to re-create this centerpiece. Here, the centerpiece is composed of antique blue Ball or Mason jars in varying sizes and heights that we found at a thrift store. The jars are clustered on a green tray in the center of the table to ground the vignette. Choose several different kinds and sizes of sunflowers to add variety, and arrange one or two stems per jar. Add a filler, like bush ivy, if you’d like. Loosely tie ribbon around the necks of the jars for an elegant touch.
This monochromatic design will bring instant sunshine to your table. To keep with the yellow theme, Miller paired sunflowers with lemons, but you could use any citrus fruits if you want to design your own color scheme. Arrange the lemons in your vessel, stacking them to fill the vase, and tuck in just a few sunflowers with the stems cut short. To re-create this look, tie ribbon around the vase and finish with a bow. Here, Miller used ribbon designed to look like aspidistra leaf. You can find similar ribbons at your local crafts store or neighborhood florist.
Simple and Sunny
This simple centerpiece needs only four ingredients: sunflowers, a round vase, water, and florist tape. You may think all you have to do is cluster the sunflowers and place them in the vase, but in order to re-create this look and ensure that it stays in place (and looking good) for the long haul, you’ll need to create a tape grid structure on the vase. Buy clear, waterproof florist tape from your local florist or crafts store, and create a crosshatch pattern over the opening of the vase. Stretch the tape from one point on the lip of the vase across the opening to the opposite point on the vase, and secure. After placing several parallel strips across the vase opening, add more strips going the other way, perpendicular to the first strips of tape. (Think the crosshatch top of a cherry pie, minus the interlacing.) The effect should be a grid pattern with openings large enough to accomodate sunflower stems. Place your sunflower stems through the openings of the grid to ensure that your arrangement stays in place.
Greet your visitors with a touch of sunshine with the help of this pretty sunflower wreath. To re-create this design, begin with a damp florist wreath form, which you can find at any florist shop or crafts store. Cut the stems of both your sunflowers and variegated pittosporum short, and arrange them, pushing the stems into the wreath form. Keep the wreath form moist to ensure that your arrangement lasts. You’ll want to pour a cup of water into the form each week for optimal flower care. Tie a ribbon around your wreath, and it’s ready to hang!
This sweet centerpiece couldn’t be easier to put together. It is truly a 1-minute DIY. Find short, wide cups at your local grocery store or crafts store—we like the red gingham design used here. Cut your sunflower stems very short and add them, along with some water, to the cups, placing one flower per cup. Tie a coordinating ribbon around the DIY vase, and cluster your cups on the table for a picnic-perfect centerpiece and an oh-so-cute tableau. It's easy to customize the arrangement to the size of your table. If you line the center of your table with the sunflowers, the longer the table, the more cups you'll need.