Houzz TV: Make a Living Centerpiece That Turns Into Party Gifts

Houzz TV: Make a Living Centerpiece That Turns Into Party Gifts

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Houzz TV: Make a Living Centerpiece That Turns Into Party Gifts

Share the gift of nature during your party and beyond with this tabletop arrangement. In this episode of Houzz TV, plant designer Baylor Chapman explains how to quickly create a living centerpiece for your dining room gatherings. Plus, at the end of the night, you can take it apart and send your guests home with little plant gifts.

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Limen Tuga
Beautiful
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Lu Post

How beautiful! This was such a wonderful video that has totally inspired me. Thank you!

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chicshopper

GORGEOUS LOVE THAT! But that is an extrem major project. I would do that on a smaller scale. That would be good for a big party. Just saying if I went through that I would not be giving away as hostess gifts! Really like floral videos that are different like that...keep those coming but more accessible


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Trendoffice Interior Design Consulting

Great Idea!

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gracefnp

Love it! Definitely going to use this at my next party!!!

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Lin Kohl

Love this! I am definitely making this live center piece, for my daughter. She is hosting Christmas for the first time.

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lindanr

I absolutely love this idea ... you can take it into rustic (my favorite) or glam it up. Simple, yet so beautiful and elegant. I'm already envisioning this as centerpieces for my nieces wedding reception !

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Casart Coverings

We love these DIY segements on Houzz-- they get us to exercise our creative muscle!

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lped

As I was watching this great inspirational video I had the idea that this would be a great activity to do with my very young grandchildren. A beautiful gift they could create for their mother and at the same time use what mother nature has given us. thank you so much for the inspiration.

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Julie Johnson

I love this idea. So easy and so beautiful! One question: Does the moss keep the plants (except for the air ones) from drying out while on display?

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brownjb1

Lovely! To keep it moist do you just mist it?

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judydorse

Excellent video! Great idea I can use immediately! Thank you,

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marmarmish

Sooooooo beautiful!

But don't they dry out quickly? Might it be an idea to mist the moss before wrapping them around the roots???

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Tia Alexandria

I love this. Thank you so much.

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sirella

I love the idea, and I could see myself using this for a larger party in particular. As others have commented, the drying our factor may be a problem. It would definitely be necessary to make this several days before a party, so it doesn't take away from time needed to prepare food/shop/clean etc. And, if made ahead, it would need water to look its best on the party evening.

My bigger concern is giving them away as gifts. You can't put it back in its original plastic container unless you want to unwrap the moss - there is mess option 1. Mess option 2 - give it to the guest directly in the moss wrapping which would either leave dry, crumbly moss bits or wet, muddy moss bits on the guests' clothes or car during the trip home. So, do you have larger glass containers in which you give them to each guest? Do you have some type of small gift bag for them? Giving someone a plant without a planter/pot for it to live is not very thoughtful either.

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Deborah Couvillion

Great idea. Looks lovely!!

   
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Sheila Schmitz

You can place the plants on a dish to water, and when giving them away, the moss wrapping stays on, effectively becoming the pot. A paper or plastic bag would be fine for carrying home. Those who don't like soil could politely decline (or angle for an air plant). Others might replant into a container later. The more adventurous could start a string garden — no pot required! Here's how to do that:

http://www.houzz.com/ideabooks/35284688/list/diy-project-how-to-make-a-kokedama-string-garden

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Styled By Lisa B.

This is an interesting idea. I actually thought the plants were going to be left in their containers to make it easier for guests to take them home. After arranging them you could cover any visible containers with moss, vine, etc. At the end of the evening, just remove the "ground cover" and let everyone choose the plant they would like. Just a thought... :)

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drah35

The Japanese are gracious flower-arrangers.

This is wonderful!! I love it! Thank you!!

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mamawohlf

MORE ideas...please!!

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Linda Snyder

Absolutely gorgeous!

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Great Spaces LLC

What a cute idea. Sirella makes a good point and Sheila good solutions. Another solution would be to provide inexpensive containers for them. Since they're not very big, one could pick up cute containers at second hand stores or garage sales or discount stores.

   
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smtndnl7

Beautiful but why don't you have closed caption option? I think I lipread most of it.


   
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Lila B. Design

Thank you Houzz TV for filming this video with me and to everyone for their thoughtful comments.

A few things to reply to: 1. Yes, it is best to mist the moss before wrapping the plants. It makes the moss more malleable and few bits dropping. 2. The moss *is* the vase. No need to re-pot when guest take them home. The rubber bands, twine (etc) hold it all together nicely. 3. I recommend placing each moss ball on a plate (if displayed individually) and mist or soak for watering. Or as someone above pointed out - hang them. They are so versitale and fun!

- Baylor

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Deborah Couvillion

Oh, a thought. If that centerpiece was on my table, I would feel compelled to include ribbon or ornaments to make it more Christmassy.

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Linda Todd

Where do we find the cork and sheet moss? What was the total cost for this arrangement. Seems like it would have been rather expensive.


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astouganon

How beautiful!

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farmerjenn

Brilliant! Thank you so much for sharing.

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Jennifer Delker

I collected a lot of moss this Autumn, while mushroom hunting in the Willamette old growth forest, Oregon, this year. Your project is exactly what I was hoping to be inspired with, I will most definitely use this idea.

   
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lindastarr

Lovely! Can't wait to try this for my Christmas Brunch. Thank you for sharing!!!

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Sheila Schmitz

lindastarr, I hope you will come back and show us what you did!

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mjkjrobinson

That was awesome, loved your video. And yes it is easy but worth it. Thankyou

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Lila B. Design

Hi LindaTodd, Thera are a a few good workarounds to save on money and find the supplies easier. A good place to try is a craft store. I've seen moss in bags - and all different kinds (clump, reindeer etc). NOTE: if you used dyed moss - take care of your table surface and hands as they will turn green when wet!

Craft stores have also been offering log slices - and log style vases - a good substitute for the cork. In the past, I've also take a fireplace log piece and carefully cut off the bark (a sometimes easy but sometimes laborious process!) but it looks great (and is cheap).

I get a lot moss from the flower market, and it is farmed in Oregon and Florida (there are fresh Moss sellers online). The vase I used is cork.

Hope the tips helped!

--Baylor