Brighten up the Day With a Sunflower Vase

The strong, textural look of these loosely arranged sunflowers give a sense of organic growth, as if they are still growing in a field.

Rustic Sunflower Floral Arrangement

Rustic Sunflower Floral Arrangement

Photo by: DK - Fresh Flower Arranging © 2011 Dorling Kindersley Limited

DK - Fresh Flower Arranging, 2011 Dorling Kindersley Limited


11 giant sunflowers
9 ‘Teddy Bear’ sunflowers
9 black sunflowers

Substitute large-headed chrysanthemums for any sunflower variety you can't find.

Other Materials
column vase (16 inches)
burlap fabric or sacking material (approximately 4 feet x 20 inches)
seagrass cord
florist's scissors

Three Varieties of Sunflowers Used in Arrangement

Three Varieties of Sunflowers Used in Arrangement

Photo by: DK - Fresh Flower Arranging © 2011 Dorling Kindersley Limited

DK - Fresh Flower Arranging, 2011 Dorling Kindersley Limited

How to Arrange

Place the burlap fabric on a table and lay the vase on its side on the fabric. Fold the fabric around the vase, then secure a double length of seagrass around the vase and tie it in a knot. Stand the vase upright, rearrange the burlap folds and bind them against the sides of the vase with as many diagonal double lengths of seagrass as you think you need.

Half-fill the vase with water. Strip all the leaves from the sunflower stems so the flower heads don’t droop.

Hold a sunflower in one hand. Add a few blooms to it, twisting the stems around slightly in one direction in your hand as you do so to create a rough spiral effect. Add a few more stems, then trim them to approximately the same length. Instead of tying the stems together at this point, drop them straight into the vase. This loose spiral arrangement provides a criss-cross framework to support the remaining stems.

Add some taller stems at the back and shorter stems at the front and sides to hide the neck of the vase and any visible stems. Aim to achieve an organic look. Nip off any extra leaves beneath the flower heads. Use your judgement to create a basic domed shape with added height and shorter flowers that hide any unsightly stems from view. Top off the vase almost to the rim with water.

This arrangement should last for ten days.

Rich Texture

This mass of sunflower varieties butting up to each other creates a gloriously rich textural tapestry: their variation in shape and the configuration of their petals make for a compelling display.

Three Varieties of Sunflowers Create Rich Texture

Three Varieties of Sunflowers Create Rich Texture

Photo by: DK - Fresh Flower Arranging © 2011 Dorling Kindersley Limited

DK - Fresh Flower Arranging, 2011 Dorling Kindersley Limited

Next Up

Transform an Old Jewelry Box with Gem-like Dahlias

Jewel dahlias' intricate petals and intense colors shine like gems in an old jewelry box, while the mix of buds, semi-open and fully open blooms add interest and texture.

Craft a Succulent-Topped Pumpkin Centerpiece

Easily turn a faux or fresh pumpkin into a rustic planter for assorted succulents. Surrounded by other fall elements, this garden craft makes a gorgeous living centerpiece for your fall or Thanksgiving table.

Edible Fall Centerpiece

Pair ornamental kale with asparagus to create a stunning (and edible!) centerpiece for your fall get-together or Thanksgiving dinner.

Thanksgiving Tree Centerpiece

From Halloween to Thanksgiving, celebrate the season with this simple centerpiece idea.

How to Make a Pheasant Feather Centerpiece

Looking for a quick and easy centerpiece for your Thanksgiving table? Here's one that's seasonal and uses natural elements. Bonus: It's flower- and maintenance-free so it looks great without any fuss.

Sophisticated Fruit and Vegetable Centerpiece

A stroll through the produce department of your local grocery store will yield the colorful materials needed to create this unusual centerpiece — no flowers necessary.

Natural Wheat Bundle Centerpiece

Here's an inexpensive take (under $10!) on a popular store bought fall centerpiece idea.

How to Make a Plaster Leaf Tray

Turn inexpensive silk leaves and plaster of Paris into an oversized tray that resembles fine porcelain. Leave the tray white or paint it to coordinate with your decor.

Floral Design for an Autumn-Inspired Wedding

Whether you're getting married in the fall, or importing its inspiration to another time of the year, the warm colors of autumn flowers bring a cozy feel to your nuptials.

How to Make a Ship Centerpiece for Thanksgiving

Kids will love helping to make this large sailing ship centerpiece, which is reminiscent of the vessels that brought colonists to the new world. It's a cinch to make and will definitely bring a boat-load of fun to any Thanksgiving table.
More from:

Thanksgiving Ideas

Shop This Look

Found a living space you love in HGTV's Photo Library? Get the look in your own home with products from Wayfair.

Follow Us Everywhere

Join the party! Don't miss HGTV in your favorite social media feeds.