How to Make Fresh Rose Topiary Ball Centerpieces

Written by liz ward
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Fresh rose topiary ball centrepieces are used for weddings, holidays, showers and family gatherings. They're an easy and elegant way to use fresh roses. They can last for several days. After you learn how to make these centrepieces with roses, you'll find that substituting other flowers will be just as easy. You'll also be able to personalise them for any occasion. Whether you grow your own roses or purchase them at a florist, these centrepieces will be stunning.

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Things you need

  • 12 inch stick
  • 6 inch oasis wet foam ball
  • 2 dozen medium rose buds
  • Container
  • Green moss
  • Greening pins
  • Ribbon
  • Styrofoam block
  • Glue gun

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  1. 1

    Soak the ball in water for several hours. Take it out, set it aside and let it drain. Cut the stems off the roses, leaving 1/2 inch on the bottom.

  2. 2

    Hot glue the styrofoam block into the container. Low temperature glue works the best and won't melt the styrofoam.

  3. 3

    Push stick into the base of the ball stopping 3/4 of the way through.

  4. 4

    Poke small holes into the oasis ball for each rose. Put the stem of the rose in the hole. Push a greening pin into the base of the flower to secure it to the ball. Continue adding flowers until the ball is covered.

  5. 5

    Make your topiary as full as you want by adding extra flowers or adding leaves or ivy between the buds. Put moss on the styrofoam base by using greening pins to hold it in place. Embellish it with ribbons and trimmings.

Tips and warnings

  • Leaves add extra colour to the topiary.
  • Sunflowers, hydrangea, daisies and tulips can also be used.
  • Make sample centrepieces before the event to see how many flowers you'll need.
  • Never make a centrepiece taller than 12 inches. It's hard for people to see and talk to each other if it's taller.
  • If silk or dried flowers are substituted, don't soak the oasis.

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