How to Make a Table Runner Centerpiece

3 Materials
2 Hours

Have you seen these lovely floral centerpieces all the way down the center of a table, filling the the table with beautiful blooms. I decided I really wanted to create that same kind of look for a table I was going to be styling

The day I styled this table, I started off early at the New York flower markets. It is such a joy to get to stroll through the flower district and pick up such beautiful flowers! I wasn’t looking for specific kinds of flowers, I was just looking for the colors I needed to coordinate with the china I would be using.  Go to your local flower markets, florist or wherever you get your fresh flowers.

Select the flowers that you want to coordinate with the table you will be styling.

Find containers to hold wet floral foam on your table. Make sure that they are waterproof so you don't have any accidents that will damage your table or linens. I prefer clear containers that 'disappear' on the table top. These are actually drawer organizers.

Select enough containers to run the length of the table from one end to the other.

Soak wet floral foam until it is completely soaked and cut pieces to fit inside the containers.

Divide the flowers equally among the number of containers you have to fill. Arrange the flowers into the first container and move the next container up next to the first one. By building the arrangements like that, one after another, you will be able to make sure that each of the arrangements will abut up to the next one. 

You can see how the arrangement fills the entire length of the table. I added picks of butterflies to mimic those flitting across the china. 

A table runner centerpiece can be made any length and any kinds of flowers or foliage. This was the first one of these I have made, but it will not be the last. Don’t be afraid of trying one of these for a special event, dinner or party for yourself!  

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Chloe Crabtree

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3 of 4 questions
  • Diane
    on Jan 19, 2020

    Hi, Where did you purchase your table runner ? Thanks :)

    • Rachel Myrick
      on Jan 26, 2020

      These are gorgeous runners and I would love to see your creative process or have an opportunity to see the runners to see how you finished the edges and stenciled them! The container idea is so awesome!! Thank you for sharing your creativity with us!!!

  • Lori Neilson
    on Jan 21, 2020

    Turned out beautiful.

  • Stefani
    on Jan 27, 2020

    Where did you get the beautiful butterfly china?

    • Chloe Crabtree
      on Jan 28, 2020

      The china is Butterfly Parade by Christian Lacroix. It can be found at high end retailers.

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  • Mary Beth
    on Jan 26, 2020

    Beautiful work! Anyone else saying to themself, “why didn’t I think of that”? It would be fun to see one made out of fresh veggies and fruit🥕🥕🌽🥒🌶🥬🍏🍎🍐🍊🍋🍌🍇🍓🍒🍑🥭🍍🥝🍅🍆🥦

  • E95656
    on Feb 27, 2020

    Just beautiful!

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