DIY: Greyed Jade Inspired Grapewood Centerpiece


I’m excited to share our first Floral DIY from our newest DIY contributor, Amanda of Anthomanic! Amanda is a talented floral designer based in Virginia and we are so excited to have her as part of the GWS team! Amanda will be sharing a lovely floral DIY every other month here on GWS that you can use for a bridal shower, rehearsal dinner, wedding or just as a lovely accent in your home! I hope you will welcome Amanda and let’s see how to create her first project for GWS – a Greyed Jade Inspired Grapewood Centerpiece.


• (3) 2.5” OASIS floral foam Iglu’s, saturated with water [from your local florist or an online supplier]
• (1) 18-24” piece of sandblasted grapewood
• gardening shears
• (3) 6” pieces of OASIS Bind Wire [or pipe cleaners]
• 10 stems white peonies
• 3 potted succulents
• 1 bunch ‘Yearning Desert’ Amaranthus


Step 1: 
Loop the wire through the Iglu’s and around the grapewood, twist the wire tightly to secure into place.


Step 2:
Remove the succulents from their pots, pull off the roots and soil, clean the stem, and cut on an angle. Push the succulent stem into the floral foam. Tip: Make a small hole in the foam first to make it easier to push the succulent into the foam without needing to apply much force as succulents are very brittle.


Step 3:
Trim peonies to a stem length of about 2”, cutting on an angle for easy insertion, then push into foam at least 1” to secure in place.
Step 4:
Cut stems of the amaranthus into 6-8” lengths and fill in empty areas around succulents and peonies.


And that’s it! So easy and such a pretty, modern centerpiece, right?!


DIY created by Amanda of Anthomanic exclusively for GWS. See more of Amanda’s work here. All photos by Melissa Arlena Photography