we like it wild: strawberry/chocolate wreath centerpiece


To celebrate all the warm weather we’re having and the beginning of Spring this week, we decided to make a living wreath centerpiece for a sunny weekend brunch party. This is also a fun project for DIY event centerpieces because you can make them well ahead of time. You can use any small plants of your choice that come in in 6 packs or 4″ containers available at your local nursery. We used Sequoia Strawberry plants, a viney chocolate mint herb, and petite clusters of our favorite honey smelling Alyssum in a “pastels” mix. Because of the way this wreath is planted (unlike hanging wreaths each plant is not individually wired onto a moss frame and given time to root) it is best used laying flat on a table as opposed to being hung from a ribbon. It should last about 4-6 weeks if watered every few days and gets bright indirect light. You may also choose to replant the strawberries and mint into pots or your garden when your wreath outgrows its shape.


CLICK HERE for the full wreath centerpiece how-to after the jump!

For this project you will need:

Floral snips
8″ wreath made of floral foam or Oasis
Sharp small knife or pairing knife
Tarp or plastic garbage bag (to protect your worktable from dirt)
a 6 pack of Sequoia Strawberries
a 6 pack of Alyssum plants (we used the pastels mix)
2 4″ Chocolate Mint herbs (remove from plastic container and separate the plant into 2 pieces)
10 oz bag of green natural sheet moss
10-20 U-shaped pins

1. Begin by soaking your Oasis ring face down in a bucket of water. Let it soak thoroughly- at least 15 minutes.

2. Using a sharp knife cut a 2″ section out of the wreath or if the wreath is large enough you can carve out a hole.

3. Take one strawberry plant from the pack and remove some of the dirt and roots, enough to fit it into the empty space you’ve created in the wreath.

4. Once you have the first plant placed, cut out a second section from the wreath leaving a small piece of Oasis, (about 1″) between the next empty space. This will help support the structure of the wreath and will also hydrate the plants once the wreath is complete.

5. Continue in this same fashion cutting out 2″ sections from the wreath and placing in strawberry plants.

6. To give your wreath variation and depth alternate by placing in pieces of the Chocolate Mint; fill in holes or small areas with the Alyssum. Continue doing this until you have completed the wreath or have come back to the first plant you placed.

7. Next cut pieces of sheet moss into 3×6″ strips and pin onto the oasis/into dirt to support the sides of the plants and hide oasis. Continue placing moss and pinning until the sides of the wreath are completely covered.

8. To water your wreath place it into a sink or plastic tub filled with about 4″ of water for 5-10 minutes.

Novi

Wow, this is a great idea! I can see this with different plants for a new look, a unique approach to a centerpiece.

Shayna

What type of plants are those pretty flowering branches in the background of the second picture?

kelly

This is almost too much beauty and inspiration to absorb! And can we talk about your styling and photos? I can practically smell it all. So beautiful.

Stacey

I would just like to say that I love the donuts and flowers combination at the beginning – that’s something you don’t see everyday!

Diana

This is going to be someone’s gift this spring! Where do you get the floral foam? Local craft store?

susie

cute idea. just wondering, though- is there an eco-friendly alternative to using floral foam?

grace

susie

if you have something circular you can wrap around, a piece of chicken wire will create an armature you can use to position flowers, but unlike floral foam, it won’t hold water so you’ll need to find a way to keep the cut flowers in water..

grace

Amie & Abbey Road

What a great idea, and so cute! If I didn’t have a black thumb, I would whip one of these up this weekend.

Love all the great ideas! Thanks.

Studio Choo

You can make this project with a plain wreath frame and moss to avoid using floral foam- it just takes a bit more time to attach everything and secure the plants.

Chelsea Bass

What are those blossoming branches in vases in the back? There are some trees that grow around here that look just like that and no one I’ve asked knows what they are.

Sara

I love this strawberry centrepiece! So cute for spring! Mmm … the delicious food in the photo is making me hungry!

Marie Russo

I would love to make for my garden club. I live in New Jersey and can’t find the sequoia stawberries. Help!!

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