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July 24, 2021

Submerged Flowers Centerpiece DIY Tutorial

Submerged Flowers Centerpiece DIY Tutorial

Are you struggling to recreate those beautiful submerged flowers centerpieces featured across wedding blogs and Pinterest? A submerged floral centerpiece does wonders to create enchanting ambience that is both romantic and elegant. Viewing a flower through glass and water creates a beautiful magnifying effect which is one reason why submerged flower centerpieces look absolutely stunning. Even though there are inspiration pictures galore, actually getting this DIY project down requires the right approach. Some tutorial suggest using aquarium glue, but aquarium glue can be difficult to remove if you plan on using your centerpiece ever again. Here’s are the materials I suggest using:


  1. Florals (real florals are ideal because silk or satin flowers may bleed colors)
  2. Glass vase (cylinder or fishbowl vases are preferable)
  3. Fishing sinkers (fishing line helps attach sinkers to flowers)
  4. Scissors
  5. Colored stones
  6. Distilled water
  7. Candle (optional)

When selecting your florals of choice, keep in mind that flowers with paper-thin petals and/or pollen will likely result in unwanted materials rising to the surface. Some plants that maintain their form well when submerged are roses, tulips, lilies, ferns, hydrangeas, and cherry blossom branches. Any type of glass vases work well, but I personally think tall cylinders and fishbowls look the best for a DIY submerged flower centerpiece. Let’s begin the tutorial, shall we?

1) Measure and cut your blooms to the appropriate size. If you’re planning on placing a floating candle at the top of your centerpiece, make sure to leave adequate space so the candle doesn’t just sit on top of your arrangement.


2) Anchor a fishing weight to your bloom. Attaching the weight can be accomplished by a number of ways. I found that some flowers, like roses, have stems that make attaching weights very easy. All you have to do is insert the weight’s metal loop into the stem. Oftentimes that will do the trick, but sometimes attaching the weights can be a little tricky!


If that fails, you can peel part of the stem back and then tie it around the sinker’s metal loop with a secure knot. Still not working for you? Try using a paperclip or some fishing line!


3) Next, place the bloom upright in your vase, and cover with colored stones to hide the fishing weights.


4) Fill the vase with water and top it off with a floating candle. Ideally, you should use distilled water to prevent bubbles from appearing on your flower (my picture below is the EXACT reason you shouldn’t use tap water!). Depending on your location and the quality of your water supply, tap water may damage the bloom and/or become discolored due to minerals found in your water.


And that’s all there is to it. If you’re using real flowers for the event, you’ll want to set up these flowers the day before and refrigerate, or set them up the morning of your event. Thank you for reading!


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21 Replies to “Submerged Flowers Centerpiece DIY Tutorial”

  1. I love the fishing weight idea! I’d never thought of that. Of course, I’m not a fisherman (fisherwoman? fisherperson?), so that was never on my radar. Hmmmm….that stimulates some real thought on alternative ways to use fishing weights, though. Glad I saw this! Thanks! Have a great weekend!

    1. Hi Sung!

      Thank you for reading and commenting! The life of a submerged flower is not long but is all depending on how hearty the flower is. I would suggest talking to a florist or searching online for the best flowers for submerging in water.

    1. Hi Diane,

      It depends on the weight of your flowers. Maybe start with a few ounces, and increase if they aren’t submerging.

      Thanks for commenting!

  2. Hi, there again.:) Is there any way to prevent the silk flowers from bleeding their color?
    And if I were to use silk flower, would I still need to use the distill water?

    1. Hi Sung,

      This is a tricky one that we haven’t found the answer to yet. Vibrant colors like red and orange can last for a few hours, but over time definitely have a tendency to stain the water, while lighter colors like pink and white typically don’t.

      Please let us know if you figure out a solution!


  3. hi, i am having trouble with fresh blue orchids. they bleed colour so much. is there a remedy for this? Your post is so helpful, didn’t know about the fishing weights til I read this!

    1. Thanks Jen for your comment! Unfortunately we do not have the answer to stop the colors from bleeding. We used a red rose to ensure the color wouldn’t bleed. We suggest switching to a white orchid or another flower type if submerged centerpieces are what you want.

  4. THANK YOU so much! I was struggling with this idea just a week ago for a Valentine’s Day setup. I would have never thought of fishing sinkers – especially since I’ve never fished. Thanks again!

  5. As far as artificial flowers that seep color into the water, I would recommend presoaking them over night. A second soaking may be necessary. By this time anything that is going discolor the water will be gone.

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