Floral Design Class: Submerged Trios & Sculptural Centerpiece

In tonight’s Floral Design Class we designed submerged trios and sculptural bubble bowl arrangements. This was the 4th lesson plan for my 6-week floral design class, and perhaps the easiest of all of the lessons! Submerged arrangements are among the most popular, easiest to assemble arrangements out there now (especially for weddings). Sculptural bubble bowls require a bit more technique and design sense. Both statements are very contemporary and impressive with a mild to moderate design/labor effort.

We started by doing a trio of submerged orchids in cylinders. I demonstrated 3 ways of using orchids “under water” including the standard stem of orchids submerged, orchid heads submerged/floating as well as submerged orchids on a wire. The class all did the standard method and personalized them with ribbon rims, grass and colored stones in the bottom.

Our second arrangement was the sculptural bubble bowl of tulips and bear grass. These were very easy to create and all of them turned out really nice!

Click below to download this lesson:

Floral Design Class-Submerged & Floating Sculptural

Next week is our last day of class and we will be creating a pomander and doing a mixed arrangement. It being the last class is a little bittersweet for me. I really love teaching, but this class really takes a lot out of me! I spend most of the day picking up flowers, planning, teaching and then uploading photos/blogging about it! It can be exhausting. I did have a student ask me if I will be offering this class in the future–and I most likely will be teaching it again in the fall or late winter…we’ll see!

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These are the ones I made below:

Standard Submerged stem of orchids:


Floating orchid heads:


Wired Orchids submerged:


The three styles shown together

(Note: I do NOT suggest using these styles together–this is just to show the different looks):


Sculptural tulip bubble bowl:


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  1. kiokreations
    Posted January 11, 2011 at 7:30 pm | Permalink

    Use Fresh Flowers. Silk flowers look fake and could have their colors bleed into the water. We use “floral sticky clay” or “CLING” to attach them to the bottom of a dry vase. Hold them up to the side of the vase and cut so there is about 1-2″ left of space from the flower to the top of the vase so water and a candle fit above it. Add about 1 inch of stones over the clinged bottom of the flower in the vase and add 1-2 inches of water. Add the rest of the water onsite (this type of arrangement only lasts under water for 1-2 days before the water will fog up or the plant will start to dissolve.


  2. Amanda
    Posted January 11, 2011 at 6:58 pm | Permalink

    Hi I am trying to do this for my centerpieces what kind of flowers did you use: real or fake? Any advice you can give me besides the above comment?

  3. kiokreations
    Posted July 19, 2010 at 3:01 pm | Permalink


    To do submerged with orchids we use “CLING” which is a floral sticky clay. Clean and dry your vases completely. Make sure the inside bottom of the vase is dry. Roll a ball of cling about 1/2″ diameter (dime size) and then push around fresh cut stem. Put entire stem into vase and push down to “Cling” it to the bottom of the vase. Cover with 1″ of gems or stones to hide the cling and keep it at the bottom. Fill with 2″ of water before the event, and add the rest of the water at the event along with floating candle. This type of arrangement only lasts a day or two as the water after 2 days or more will start to fog up and dissolve the blooms. It will basically look like a dirty fishtank (yuck!) so do not fill up with too much water ahead of time. 2″ beforehand should be enough. I usually make submerged arrangements no more than 2 days before the event so they are fresh and last.

    Hope this helps!

  4. Lizz Ferrante
    Posted July 19, 2010 at 11:58 am | Permalink

    I live in MA but are highly interested in learning a bit more about submerging orchids for a wedding centerpiece. The orchids on the stem with blue stone at the bottom is what I have invisioned for my wedding centerpiece forever! I am hoping to get a few tips of the trade as to whether real flowers, or real touch flowers you recommend, also What type of orchid works best? I love the magenta color as it goes with my color scheme, any advice?