Are you a complete novice when it comes to floral arranging? It’s okay! Everyone is a beginner at some point and we are here to show you step by step how to create an easy rose centerpiece. This tutorial assumes that you have absolutely NO knowledge of flower arranging, so we’ll guide you through all the steps of how to create a very simple and elegant rose centerpiece. Whether you want to DIY centerpieces for a wedding or event or you want to gift flowers in a pretty vase for someone special, this easy rose centerpiece is a classic arrangement that fits any occasion.
Flower Arranging Tools
Having the right tools will make flower arranging so much easier! The most basic tool you need is a good pair of sharp floral shears. You may read that a floral knife is best for cutting stems, but honestly for beginners, I think it’s easier and safer to use shears. Just make sure they’re sharp so they cut the stems cleanly. If your shears are dull, they end up crushing the stems which will make it harder for the flowers to drink up water.
Step 1 – Hydrate your Roses
Before you start arranging, it’s always best to work with roses that are fully hydrated. What exactly does that mean? If you order roses from us, that means they are cut and shipped direct from the farm. On arrival, they’ll need a little care to prep them for maximum vase life. You can follow our detailed instructions by reading our rose care and handling post.
I recommend letting roses hydrate for at least 6-8 hours before arranging them and even up to 1-2 days to allow the blooms plenty of time to open.
Step 2 – Prepare your Vase
To start, you’ll want to make sure you’re using a vase that is clean. A dirty vase not only looks bad, but it will also affect the vase life of your roses. Fill up your vase with about 4-5” of clean room temperature water
Step 3 – Prep the Roses
Farm direct roses oftentimes have guard petals surrounding the bloom. Leaving them on helps protect the rose during transit but they don’t always look great, so you can gently peel these petals away.
Next step is to remove foliage and thorns from the stems. You can carefully pull off leaves and if there are any thorns, just snip them off with shears. How much you’ll have to remove will depend on the rose variety – some are thornier than others! If you want to have a little greenery, feel free to leave leaves near the top of the stem. You just want to make sure you remove ALL leaves that would fall below the water line. If you have leaves in your water, bacteria build-up will happen faster and that will shorten the vase life of your roses. Also, I do not recommend using metal thorn strippers to remove foliage and thorns. The metal can strip off the outer protective layer of the stem and that just makes it easier for bacteria to enter the rose.
When you’re prepping your roses, you’ll want to do it as quickly as possible since the roses will be out of water during this time. Don’t prep your roses and then leave them out to arrange later. If you have to step away for awhile, just put the prepped roses back in water.
Step 4 – Arrange an easy rose centerpiece!
To start arranging, first take a look at the height of your vase. The vase in our tutorial is 7” tall with a 5.75″ diameter. For short to medium vases like this one in our tutorial, the arrangement will look best if you cut the stems so that the bloom sits about 1-2” above the edge. For taller vases, you can leave the stems longer and a good rule of thumb we use is the top edge of the vase should hit no less than two-thirds the length of the stem.
You don’t need to get out rulers or measuring tape as it doesn’t have to be exact. You can eyeball an approximate length by holding the stem to the side of the vase to gauge about how much you’ll need to cut. When in doubt, always cut less than you think you’ll need because you can easily trim off more. Once you’ve cut too much, you can’t go back and undo it! Also, remember to cut at a diagonal. The diagonal cut exposes more surface area of the stem so the rose can easily drink up water.
As soon as you cut the stem, immediately place the rose in the vase of water. You never want to cut roses and then leave them out for a long time. Air can get into the stem and if you have an air pocket blocking water from reaching the bloom, that’s when you get droopy roses. So, cut and quickly place the rose in your vase.
Cut your second stem and place it opposite the first one.
Cut your third stem and place it in between the first two.
Then cut and place the fourth stem opposite the third. Your stems should crisscross each other creating a matrix of stems that will help support more roses as you add them to your vase.
Continue cutting and placing in stems until you have a full outer boundary of roses.
Next, start to fill in the empty middle. You’ll want to cut these stems slightly longer since they will be standing upright, rather than leaning inside your vase.
Continue adding roses until you’ve filled up the vase. In our tutorial we fit one dozen roses into the vase. If you’re using a vase with a smaller diameter or width, then you may not need a full dozen. Concurrently, if you’re using a vase with a much larger diameter or width, then you’ll need more roses to completely fill in the vase.
In our tutorial the variety of white roses (called Tibet) have a beautiful loose shape and were at a peak open stage when we arranged them (they hydrated for 2 days). If your roses have hydrated only for a few hours, the blooms will continue to open up more, so give them a little room and don’t pack the roses too tightly together (unless you want a compact style).
So that’s all there is to creating an easy rose centerpiece! Using only roses all in a single color is the easiest way to arrange them. This holds true for any other flower type. Keep it mono-botanical (only one flower type) and monochromatic (one color) to make arranging a piece of cake! You can check out all our colors of roses or shop our most popular rose bouquet gifts.
This easy rose centerpiece is so simple but still stunning. It’s great for table centerpieces at a wedding or event or surprise mom with one at Mother’s Day or bring one to a friend for their birthday. Simple roses are always perfect for any occasion!
I hope you find this tutorial helpful and as you get more comfortable with flower arranging, you can start to add greens and other flower types to create more complex arrangements. Be sure to check out our other tutorials and let us know if you have any questions!