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Domed Roses

Decorating with flowers and designing a simple centerpiece is easy when you have a system. This arrangement is based on creating a dome shape with floral foam and then keeping this shape with the flowers. Large headed roses are cut short and then inserted into the floral foam. Making the dome shape with the foam first, makes executing the centerpiece very simple. 


Another advantage of this type arrangement is that it lasts a very long time. The short cut roses take up water easily which gives the roses the ability to live longer. 


This arrangement can be created with all kinds of fresh cut flowers, try sunflowers, hydrangeas, dahlias and gerbera daisies too. 




  • 2 bricks floral foam 

  • 6-inch tapered terra-cotta pot or other same-size decorative container 

  • Plastic garbage bag 

  • Scissors 

  • Knife 

  • Approximately 18 stems large headed roses 

  • 5 to 7 stems camellia or lemon leaves 

  • (Optional) 3 to 5, 8-inch lengths of needle-point ivy 

  • Floral Clippers




  1. Soak floral foam in water for at least 30 minutes. 

  2. Cut garbage bag and line the interior of the terra-cotta pot. The lining should come up to the rim of the pot. 

  3. Cut floral foam to fit interior of terra-cotta pot. This piece should fill the pot just ¾'s full. 

  4. Cut and insert another section of floral foam to fill the rest of the pot. This piece should rise about 3-inches above the rim of the pot. With knife, shave this top piece of floral foam into a dome shape. Now fill terra-cotta pot with water. 

  5. Cut the first rose to approximately 4-inches in length and insert it about 1-inch into the center, top of the floral foam. 

  6. Cut 3 or 4 more roses slightly shorter than the center rose and insert them closely around the center rose. This will start the dome shape of the centerpiece. 

  7. Cut other roses slightly shorter than the first several roses and keep inserting them into the dome shaped foam until all of the floral foam is filled with roses. Remember the dome shape is very important. 

  8. Cut camellia or lemon leaves to 4-inch lengths; then insert them around the rim of the pot and in between the roses where space provides. Use the leaves of the roses as extra filler foliage if necessary. 

  9. (Optional) Finally, cut and insert needle-point ivy to trail over the sides of the centerpiece.


*Note: Every other day set the centerpiece in the sink and re-fill the pot with more water.

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