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

Interested in advertising with us?

for our current rates!


  1. I look forward to seeing and learning with Amanda! So far, what I see is lovely.

  2. Such beautiful green’s this year! Thank you!

  3. Love this untraditional centerpiece, I’m a crafty person so this is something I’d like to try for my dining room table at home.

  4. I’m loving DIY wedding ideas at the moment and this has a real rustic, beautiful quality to it. I can’t wait to try it out!

    Thank you so much for the inspiration!

    Jessica x

  5. Beautiful centerpiece & easy to follow diy, thanks!


  1. […] I’m proud to say our 072013 florist writes a monthly DIY post for them; check out her latest here! (She’s pretty […]


Email me when there are new comments on this post. You can also subscribe without commenting.

GWS is a creative and supportive community of wedding fans and vendors. As such, we reserve the right to remove comments that contain profanity, are distasteful, personally attack individuals or do not contribute to the goals of our community.

You may not love every detail of every event, but please remember that the couples who share their weddings on GWS are real people and their wedding is a special day, so please be nice.