DIY: The Log Centerpiece

Every time I drive or walk by Laura Iarocci's fantastic shop, Faith Flowers, I feel inspired. She always has the most thoughtful and creative floral creations- like her salvaged log centerpieces filled with fresh and vibrant flowers. I instantly wanted to blog about this latest creation. Luckily, she agreed...

The first step is to find a fallen log (in your backyard or nearby forest) that has interesting bark and a couple large openings. It should also be well proportioned for where it will be displayed. Once you find your perfect log, let it sit in the sun for a bit to rid it of creatures. (from a few weeks to a month) 

The openings in your log, (big enough to put your arm in) are essential, as that is where you will place containers to hold your flowers. To begin, Laura used leftover plastic food bowls and filled them with Oasis floral foam. She then wrapped it in Aspidistra leaves to conceal and placed inside the log. 

She also found a smaller opening where she could place a mason jar filled with water to hold even more flowers...

Once you have your containers set, you can build your mini garden masterpiece. For this log, Laura added pretty ranunculus with color variations from cream to pink to burgandy.

Then she selected flowers to accent those colors, like these beautiful Antique Green Hydrangea. They also work well for this as they dry nicely. 

Laura then grabbed Leucadendrom, one of her favorite stems as it is long lasting and adds interesting texture. As Laura shared, "Leucadendron continues to open for weeks, eventually revealing a pine cone in its center." 

Moss is a great filler and Laura added this where needed...

Lastly, Laura added pink spray roses, which are more delicate but can be easily replaced. 

Laura found inspiration for this log from Gudrun Cotteniere, owner and founder of the largest flower school in Belgium. Gudrun had participated in a workshop with Laura and ever since then, Laura has taken a group once a year to Belgium and the Netherlands to study with her, as well as other designers.

Learn more about Laura's trips, classes and recent floral creations on her site or stop by her lovely shop in the Highlands section of Atlanta. Thank you Laura! 

Laura will be hosting a free demo at our Sweet Peach Revival: Terrarium Building 101 3pm on Saturday, July 6 at the Belly General Store. Please come! Learn more about the Revival here. 

Photos and Content: Sweet Peach