A Foolproof, Flower Arranging Trick

A foolproof, flower arranging trick for centerpieces

Every holiday needs a fantastic centerpiece, but don’t let your fear of flower arranging keep you from a show stopping table. We’re sharing our favorite trick for creating a centerpiece that will have your guests asking for the name of your florist.

When you’re arranging flowers in a large container, it can be tricky to get started. Until the neck of the container starts to fill out, it’s nearly impossible to keep stems in place while you’re working. Here’s our favorite trick. Get some chicken wire at your hardware store, use wire clippers to cut it into squares, and you can easily mold the squares to fit your container.

Use chicken wire to keep stems in place while arranging flowers
For this gray container, it has a wide neck at about 12 inches. We cut a piece of chicken wire into a 12 x 12″ square, curled the ends under and molded it so it sits in the middle of the vase. This way, stems will stay right where we put them.

It’s an easy inexpensive trick that will make a huge difference when you’re arranging a holiday centerpiece!

Find more of our favorite flower arranging tricks.

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Caroline McDonald

Caroline lives for pairing together patterns, mixing furniture styles, and oogling over our newest furniture pieces. As you can imagine, her little 1920's craftsman is in a constant state of flux. Here on How to Decorate, it's her goal to help you turn your home into your own little slice of paradise.


  1. Reply

    Teresa McGraw

    August 15, 2023

    Where can I buy real life faux floral arrangements?

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      Kelley Bostian

      January 26, 2024

      Hi Teresa,

      We have some great faux floral options to choose from here at Ballard Designs both in-store and online.

      Happy Decorating,

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    March 28, 2022

    I love the Chinoiserie wallpaper in this photoshoot, I don’t see it on the Ballard website, could you share a link to it? Thank you!

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    Dessie Clark

    January 27, 2022

    I’ve ordered some of your rugs and love looking on your site and blog. Have lived in my house 25 years and still have the same wallpaper hanging and am ready for a change. Any suggestions or pics you can send that I could use to update dining room? Thank you.

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      Mallory Thomas

      January 27, 2022

      Hi Dessie,

      Thank you for the kind words! There are a few different ideas that come to mind for a dining room update. If you still like the idea of wallpaper, we have tons of gorgeous wallpapers that would instantly refresh your space. Another small way to change things up is by reupholstering your chairs with a fun fabric. Lastly, switching out your light fixture is an effective way to transform and illuminate your dining room. We have some stunning chandeliers that would really stand out above a dining table.

      Happy Decorating,