How to Make a Submerged Centerpiece

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A submerged centerpiece is a clear vase with flowers or other items submerged in water. Whether it’s for a wedding, a dinner party, a bridal shower or simply for your own kitchen table, a submerged centerpiece is gorgeous! There are so many options on items to submerge and looks to create. The submerged look will save money compared to a traditional, fuller floral arrangement.

How to Make a Submerged Centerpiece
How to Make a Submerged Centerpiece (Photo: Adrián González de la Peña/Demand Media)
How to Make a Submerged Centerpiece (Adrián González de la Peña/Demand Media)
Things You'll Need
  • Vase
  • Water
  • Contents to submerge and/or float

Putting It Together

Step 1:

Place rocks, stones or crystals at the bottom of the vase. The vase can be cylinder, square, rectangle, short, tall and so on.

(Photo: Adrián González de la Peña/Demand Media)

Step 2:

Fill vase about 85% full with water. Submerge flowers or other items. The process will definitely take some time with trial and error. You won’t know the likelihood of the items floating to the top until you try submerging them.

(Photo: Adrián González de la Peña/Demand Media)

Step 3:

Place floating candles on top.

(Photo: Adrián González de la Peña/Demand Media)

Ideas

Step 1:

Use produce instead of flowers. If your color scheme involves green, put grapes in one vase, green apples in another, limes in another and so on.

(Photo: Adrián González de la Peña/Demand Media)

Step 2:

For a winter event, use twigs and berries. A single stemmed red rose submerged with clear pebbles at the bottom and a floating candle at the top in a skinny cylinder has dramatic impact.

(Photo: Adrián González de la Peña/Demand Media)

Step 3:

Mix and match several ideas. Use produce in the vase and have floating flowers on top.

(Photo: Adrián González de la Peña/Demand Media)

Hints

Step 1:

If the centerpiece is for a special event, wait until the last minute to submerge any objects. This way the water and its contents will look fresh and clean. Clean all items thoroughly before submerging. Bleach the stones and pebbles.

(Photo: Adrián González de la Peña/Demand Media)

Step 2:

Because of the simplicity of the look, it is probably best to keep the color scheme monochromatic.

(Photo: Adrián González de la Peña/Demand Media)

Step 3:

The best flowers to use are orchids, calla lilies, hydrangeas, tulips and roses. Avoid flowers with pollen because the pollen will cloud the water.

(Photo: Adrián González de la Peña/Demand Media)

Step 4:

To prevent bubbles, use distilled water. If you want to increase the amount of bubbles, add carbonated water to the vase water.

(Photo: Adrián González de la Peña/Demand Media)

Step 5:

Here are a few tips to keep the flowers from floating to the top:



  • Use floating candles on the top to keep them down.

  • Tie the stems together to increase the weight.

  • If the flower is large enough to stick to the side of the vase, it might keep in place.

  • Add a few drops of oil to the top.

  • Put the stems under stones at the bottom.

  • Use clear packing tape at the bottom of the vase.

  • Tie fishing line to the stem and place it under stones at the bottom of the vase.

(Photo: Adrián González de la Peña/Demand Media)

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