Create an owl flower arrangement and table centerpiece, a hoot to make with these easy steps!
I’m joining my blogging friends for some flower therapy and Monday Morning Blooms.
You can find my blogging friends’ links to their floral inspiration at the bottom of this post.
We’ve been enjoying a little winter nesting by the twinkling lights of our Winter Nesting Tree.
Extending the twinkle season into the winter months makes the house a little cozier and brighter, especially while spending more time at home. The tree is decorated with sparkling snowflakes, icy branches and pine cones, nesting birds and glittery bird nests.
You can see more of the ornaments and tree, HERE.
A parliament of owls have flocked to the tree to nest for winter . . .
I set a table by the tree with a floral arrangement and centerpiece that was a hoot to make!
To create a winter owl centerpiece, I started with some snowy white hydrangeas from the grocery store.
Here at the steps if you’re so inclined to make an owl floral centerpiece!
Cut hydrangeas are prone to wilting so it’s important that they’re well hydrated before beginning. Remove the hydrangea leaves and give the stems a fresh cut, removing a couple of inches of the stem at a 45 degree angle for maximum water uptake. Place them in some room temperature water mixed with floral food to condition them for several hours after bringing them home from the store and before beginning.
Gather the stems, positioning them to give the appearance of a head and body using the same method as a Puppy Bouquet. Wrap your stems together, using some self-sealing floral tape to maintain the owl shape. Stretch the tape as you wrap your floral stems, which will activate the wax adhesive. Trim stems as needed and place the wrapped stems in some wet floral foam at your desired height in your container.
Some wet floral foam was secured with floral picks to my Woodland Birch Centerpiece, emptied of the red bows, ornaments and candle.
White mums were added to the floral foam for a more pronounced ear and head shape. It looks like it could easily become a teddy bear at this point. :)
For the owl eyes, I was hoping to find from Gerbera daisies, but no so luck at my area grocery stores in January! For the face details, I sprayed some mums with Crowning Glory to seal in moisture, especially handy for flowers out of water or floral foam.
I cut several mums after they were dry and secured them with floral tape. Pine cones (cut in half) were add to the mums with floral wire to create the eyes.
A magnolia pod from our tree provides a beak, attached to a floral pick. It’s held in place tucked in among the mums and hydrangeas.
Maiden grass plumes provides some feathery texture and owl wing detail. . .
Bundles of the feathery plumes were wrapped in stem wrap and then sprayed with hairspray to keep the fuzzy bundles from shedding.
The bundles are tucked in among the hydrangeas and a few feathery tufts tucked in the head for the ears.
For the owl talons, the tips of pine cones were glued onto to a branch. . .
The branch is propped up on the greenery and placed at the bottom of the hydrangeas.
The back of the arrangement is filled in with greenery and pine cones to fill in and cover the floral foam.
I filled in around the face with additional cut mums, giving everything a healthy spritz of Crowning Glory when complete.
A plaid throw provides a cozy tablecloth for some winter nesting on a cold winter day
And owl plates flew to roost at the table layered on snowy white embossed plates.
Mercury glass votives add some sparkle and shimmer among fresh cut greenery and pine cones, while tree slice chargers and twig flatware add a woodland note.
Owl Plates / BH&G, Walmart, several years ago used here
Embossed bordered plates and mugs / Pfaltzgraff Country Cupboard
Owl Napkin Rings & Napkins / HomeGoods, several years ago
Plaid throw / HomeGoods, several years ago
Twig Flatware / Pier 1, several years ago
The winner of a bottle of Crowning Glory Spray in our Year of Flowers Giveaway is
Thanks to all whooooooo entered! :)
Visit my talented friends to see their floral inspiration:
Pam at Everyday Living
Shirley at Housepitality Designs
Our friend Lidy at FrenchGardenHouse could not join us today. We look forward to her joining us next time.♥
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Mary, you never cease to amaze me with your exceptional creativity! Your tutorials are the best. I will be bookmarking this post and giving it my best to create this for my granddaughter’s birthday…she is an owl lover. Actually a lover of all birds and has volunteered at the bird sanctuary in the past. I look forward every year to your gorgeous Nesting Tree. Next year, I will be doing a mini one in my granddaughter’s room using yours as my inspiration. Love how you use so many elements from your garden such as the “plume feathers” and the Magnolia pod to create that amazing Owl of Flowers. I love that the joy that your gardens bring to you are shared with us in so many creative ways.
Have a most beautiful day Mary!….Monday Morning Blooms is truly special! Makes my heart happy!
Mary, You created such a cute owl! You did such a wonderful job adding all the little details. You are so talented! Your tree, tablescape and floral arrangement are beautiful. It’s the perfect January room display to enjoy during the gray winter days. Enjoy your week sweet friend! Clara ❤️
CUTE, CUTE, CUTE!! franki
Wow! What a creative genius! That last frontal shot of the owl is the money shot, Mary. Adding the maiden grass really brings the owl to life, but all the little details of the claws, beak, eyes…..it’s really fabulous. And so is the remains of the woodland perch centerpiece. It’s too bad this couldn’t be preserved. Maybe you could make a faux one to keep in your stash. I just love all your ornaments and tablescape too. You make winter look really inviting! Have a great day.
Mary, you amaze me with your creativity. In my wildest dreams, I would have never come up with your flower owl, he is adorable. The maiden grasses are the perfect feathers. The woodland nesting tree in the background with your woodland table is so beautiful. I know it brings so much joy during these cold and gray January days. The cozy table with the owl plates completes a gorgeous winter scene of comfort. With your tutorials being so easy to follow, I feel like I could do this. My EM would absolutely love this. It is always a pure pleasure to share Monday Morning Blooms with you. Enjoy your day!
Mary, Your mind is like a creative computer! I am amazed constantly at your creative genius. The pine cone eyes, magnolia nose, and pinecone talons are delightful creative ideas for the owl. Adding the feathery plums was the icing on the cake.
I love your winter nesting tree and enjoyed each ornament shown. It is spectacular way to bring sparkle and some glamour to the gray and cold weather in January.
Thanks for the flower therapy today!
You had loads of fun, laughing at hair spraying your grass, want to try that on my dogs to stop shedding! You look like a winter wonderland, we are like spring here in the 70s and way to dry for anyone’s good, planned power outages with dry high winds in WINTER! Love anything owl and admire your 3d creativity 😊
Really what fun, it helps us get through a long lonely Covid Winter
It sure does!
What a perfect way to start Monday morning! Seeing the darling owl centerpiece you created makes me smile! 🤗 There are so many visuals to take in that my eyes were darting all over, taking in the steps of the tutorial that was so easy to follow, including great tips to apply to other projects. I love the whole setting from the plaid throw, to the greens and votive cups. The attention to every detail makes this tablescape outstanding!
Happy Monday to You!
I think we all need some whimsey right now, thank you. I love your owl and your nesting tree. Not being able to go out to stores for almost a year now, I so miss picking up bunches of flowers and “playing” with arrangements. I look forward to your posts and the beautiful creations that you share. That’s about as close to real flowers that I can get right now. Stay safe and healthy. MM
Mary what you do with flowers is amazing. Thanks for the Monday Morning Smile.
Ha, ha, your hoot turned out cute Mary:@)
Mary, Shirley said exactly what I was thinking but more eloquently. I LOVE your nesting tree. It is just amazing. The owl centerpiece you created is fabulous! You are the MOST creative person. Have a beautiful week!
Mary, this is the cutest thing ever!! AND you even re-used your holiday greens in the centerpiece. Absolutely adorable, and such a sweet addition to your table. Whooooo wouldn’t love it?! Miss you friends this MMB, I’ll be back next time! xo Lidy
Wow, this is so very sweet. I like your choices for materials. So amazing, you would be a great teacher.
CONGRATULATIONS to the winner!!! I love that winter tree and the floral owl…kind of reminds me of the floral dog you did some time ago. So cute…thanks for the cute owl!
How cute is your hoot owl centerpiece, Mary!! He looks perfect on your table with your wintry tree. The feathery plumes look like he’s wrapped in a warm cloak. You’re so creative!
How special is that! You have outdone yourself Mary! The feet, eyes, fluffy feathers are all awesome, but that special beak nose is incredible! You always find and use the perfect objects to make it ( and the doggy) so lifelike. Love that you were able to reuse the base of your centerpiece. What a wise ol’ owl you are! 🦉🦉🦉hoot, hoot! ♥️
Amazing Mary! Your owl is right up my alley! I love owls. Your tutorials always are such a joy to see. Thank you!
We have great horned owls that stop by quite often in our big tree in the back yard. And this past week we had a Western Screech Owl!
Happy Week to you my friend.
Your creativity and imagination are endless!
That centerpiece is phenomenal! I really do need to get out more and browse amongst the floral supplies, but all of that seems frowned upon these days. I have lusted after your collection of owl dinnerware for some time. Everything looks so wintry and lovely.
Mary, just had to click over to see what a Hoot table looks like.
So cute, and I would really love the white owl plate.
Very inventive! I’ve missed your owl tablescapes this year.