"Shop the Yard" Centerpiece

Anyone who does very many tablescapes knows that eventually you end up “shopping the house” for items to add to your tablescapes.  True?  You just go around your house and look for things that will either give a focal point — or “filler” — to your tablescape.  (Isn’t it fun when the creative juices start flowing?!!!)

Today, I’m going to show you the result of “shopping the YARD” for this week’s tablescape.

I knew I wanted to use this wooden pedestal bowl for my centerpiece …


… and I wanted to end up with this basic shape.


A dear friend who owns From The Garden Floral Events taught me how to make it happen …

Begin with a block of Oasis floral foam — then soak it in water. 
Next you’ll need a grapevine ball — whatever size fits your container — then slice it almost in half.  (I actually used my electric kitchen knife; probably not the smartest thing to do, but I was in a hurry, and it worked!)  Put the well-soaked Oasis block inside.  (I’ve found that unless I have a helper, it’s much easier to spread the grapevine open with both hands and clamp it over the top of the foam rather than trying to insert the foam into the ball.  Think Jaws…)

I had already “shopped the yard” for any bits of color I could use for this week’s tablescape, so I positioned the grapevine ball …

and inserted flowers and greenery.


Once it was finished, I temporarily set it on the newel post in my living room — until I needed it for my tablescape.

To see the finished tablescape, go here.  Guess what?  You won’t see any “traditional” Fall colors …

 I’m linking this centerpiece to Tabletop Tuesday at A Stroll Thru Life and Centerpiece Wednesday at The Style Sisters


  1. That is gorgeous! I love this idea-thank you for the excellent instructions!

    Take care and best wishes for a happy week,

  2. It’s absolutely beautiful, and I just can’t wait to see the whole table all put together.

    Really… just a stunning centerpiece!

  3. So gorogeous!


  4. wow that looks amazing!
    ps. oh yes I shop around the house too

  5. That was gorgeous and I appreciate the tutorial! I will be using this helpful tip!

  6. Hi,
    yes, you are right. I always look for items for tablescape, although I often decide not to buy new stuff for this event. But your idea is great and I am curious for your next Tablescape, how it will look there.
    In your livingroom it is a wonderful accent.
    Greetings, Johanna

  7. Susan Wow!! Gorgeous and great inspiration!

    Art by Karena

  8. A beautiful centerpiece and with your tutorial you take the mystery out of how to achieve this look. Thanks so much for sharing your secrets.

  9. What a gorgeous floral arrangement. I appreciate your instructions.

    Carolyn/A Southerners Notebook

  10. Love it. What a great idea and your floral arrangement is stunning. Super tutorial. Thanks so much for linking to TTT. Hugs, Marty

  11. This is so pretty…you did a great job explaining all of it, too. Thanks so much, Susan!


  12. You are my kind of gal!! I love shopping the house for thing to use on my table! This is such a fantastic idea!! I will most definitely have to try this myself.

  13. I commented on the Tablescape Thursday site about how beautiful your centerpiece is, and now it’s terrific to see how you achieved it. Very well done indeed!!!