Underwater Centerpiece Ideas

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Underwater Centerpiece Ideas
Submerged blossoms can make stunning centrepieces. (flower heads sunken in water image by starush from Fotolia.com)

Underwater centrepieces add a touch of drama to a table by magnifying the colours and textures of the submerged items. As you plan centrepieces, consider ways you can use unexpected items to complement the design and colour scheme of your event. Choose underwater items that will last through the day.

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Submerged Flowers

For a dramatic, elegant centrepiece, use flowers submerged in water. Start with large plastic or glass cylinders and experiment with ways to keep your selected flowers weighted at the bottom of the vase. You might tape them together with floral tape and add rocks at the bottom to keep the stems from floating up, for example, or attach small weights to the underside of the stem. If you want to use a stack of individual blossoms in a tall jar, consider running clear fishing line through the centres of the flowers and securing the bottom of the line to the jar with glue. You can eliminate the need for weights by using a large bunch of flowers that will press against the sides of the vase and keep their shape. Use two or three vases on each table with different flowers in similar shades.

Floating Photos

For an unexpected take on traditional underwater centrepieces, use photos. You can use clear glass containers in rectangular or cylindrical shapes; for each centrepiece, purchase one large container and one smaller container that will fit inside. Using the circumference or perimeter of the small container as a guide, choose a selection of photos and laminate them into a single strip. Attach the strip to the outside of the small container using a clear glue; because water magnifies small details, make sure the glue stays far from the edges. Once the glue has dried completely, drop the smaller container into the large vase and fill with water. To add colour and texture, you can fill the bottom of both vases with contrasting colours of rocks, sand, glass beads or flowers.


When you want to add movement to your centrepieces, use live fish underwater. You can use a variety of containers, from clear fishbowls to large vases. For an elegant look, place a simple round bowl in the centre of a wreath of flowers; fill the bowl with water and add fish that have the same colours as the flowers. If you are using tall containers, fill the bottom with an unexpected item: oranges, lemons, flowers or sand. You can create an underwater flower jungle for your fish by embedding real or fake flowers in a base of sand or rocks. When choosing fish, speak to the pet store staff for recommendations about the types of flowers and plants that will be safe. After the event, you can send the fish home with guests.

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