How to create floral table decorations from your garden

Nothing takes a meal from “fine” to “professional grade adulting” like floral table decorations. And they don’t have to be fancy or perfect—in fact, loose, casual, natural “arrangements” are super on-trend right now. So! Grab your clippers and a bucket and head for the garden. We’ll be here when you get back with inspiration and tips. 

summer gathering in the woods with a table outside |

close shot of a floral arrangement with peonies and summer greenery |


Start with a trip to the garden. Be open to what you include in your arrangement:

  • Flowers—from roses to clover
  • Leaves, branches, and sticks
  • Grasses and weeds (literally, weeds will do—just avoid poison ivy)
  • Berries

Think long and short, big and little, simple and complex, neutral and bright. Plunk them in a bucket of water to keep them happy.

Hallmarker gathering florals in the woods |

Pro tip

If you don’t have a garden—or access to a friends’—hit up a local garden center or farmers market, or go for a drive down a country road and collect some ditch flowers!

downshot of florals in a bucket with two feet in galoshes |



Hallmarker carrying a bucket of florals |

behind the scenes shot at the floral workshop |

For easy arrangements, head over to this how-to post with tips from Hallmark Photo Stylist Andy N.

floral bouquet in a pitcher |

floral greenery in a water pitcher on a table |

For a personal touch at each setting, wrap some twine around a cloth napkin and tie on a few little flowers or a branch. Don’t worry about matching—everyone can get their own.

gathered florals as a napkin ring |

Use some of your hardier specimens to create a display right on the table. Build it bit by bit—start with a foundation of longer branches and tuck in bold blossoms.

floral centerpiece on a table for an outdoor gathering |

Make simple centerpieces with small bowls and candlesticks.

supplies for candle diy |

Place your candlestick in the bowl and fill in the space around it with chunks of oasis floral foam – or if you don’t have a candlestick, just stick the taper candle directly into a piece of oasis that is cut down to fit your container.

adding floral foam to make candlestick diy |

Cut some short branches and greenery and fill in the space around the candle.

adding greenery to candle diy |

Pro tip

There’s no right or wrong way, just fill until the foam is mostly covered and it looks pretty to you!

finished candle diys on the table |

The beauty of floral table decorations is that you can keep things simple and monochromatic or show off the colors of your garden. You can make alfresco dinner can feel like part of the environment, or bring the outdoors in. It’s an easy and fun way to make your friends feel like it’s a special event, even if what you’re dining on is the simplest of picnics or takeout!

summer gathering in the woods with a table outside |

We’d love to see how you use floral table decorations. Tag us on Instagram @think.make.share.

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  1. 8.7.19 | Reply

    Love this! Definitely going to try it for my mums 50th coming up.

    • 8.8.19 | Reply
      Trish B. wrote:

      Wonderful! And Happy Birthday to your mum from all of us at Think.Make.Share!

  2. 12.27.20 | Reply
    sandra wrote:

    love this and every site, thank you