Beautiful, Dramatic Valentine’s Day Centerpiece That You Can Make In Mere Minutes!

Welcome to the 784th Metamorphosis Monday! Valentine’s Day is just 9 days away. Could you use a fabulous, easy-to-make centerpiece to celebrate? My dear friend, Teresa, shared this stunning photo with me of a beautiful, whimsical arrangement created by a friend of hers, also named Teresa. I loved it the second I saw it! After a few text messages back and forth, Teresa, the owner of this lovely centerpiece and that amazing view you see in the background, graciously shared some additional photos so we could see exactly how she created this clever floral centerpiece for a Valentine’s Day gathering of friends.

Pink Gladiolus Floral Arrangement for Valentine's Day Centerpiece


To make this Gladiolus floral centerpiece, you’ll need two tall vases similar to those below. In the past, I’ve had luck finding vases of this type in Marshalls, HomeGoods, Target, and TJ Max.

Easy DIY Centerpiece with Two Vases


For this arrangement, you’ll start by placing the skinnier vase inside the larger vase. Tip: Before adding the smaller vase inside, you’ll probably want to add a few inches of water to the inner vase for the flowers that will ultimately go inside.

DIY Centerpiece with Two Vases


Next, Teresa poured in bunches and bunches of conversation hearts. Conversation hearts are usually easy to find this time of year online or in-store. Note: It takes quite a few bags of these little hearts to fill a tall container to the top, but it’s important to fill your outer vase all the way up since that’s what creates the wonderful illusion of the flowers being immersed in hearts. ♥

Conversation Hearts, Creative Valentine's Day Centerpiece


Here’s how your outer vase should look, once filled. In the past when I’ve used conversation hearts in a centerpiece, I have discovered that they keep really well inside ziplock bags in a temperature-controlled environment, i.e. my cupboard, and can, amazingly, be used again, even a year later. Good way to reap some future rewards from that initial investment! lol

Double Vase Centerpiece with Conversation Hearts for Valentine's Day


A view from the top…

Cute Message Conversation Candy Hearts in Valentine's Day Centerpiece


All that’s left to do now is add your Gladiolus stems and you’re done! How gorgeous is this! Here’s how this arrangement looked just after Teresa created it.

Gladiolus Flowers in Valentine's Day Centerpiece


And here’s how it looked once the flowers began opening—so beautiful! Such a beautiful, dramatic display!

Gladiolus and Conversation Hearts in Creative Centerpiece 2


I’m not exactly sure how long it takes Gladiolus stems to open, but you may want to check if you’re making this arrangement for a party or gathering. That way you’ll be able to time it out so the flowers will be mostly open by the day of your party. This is an arrangement I would love to make for Valentine’s Day, party or no party! Love this so much! Thanks so much to Teresa for sharing this delightful, whimsical, beautiful floral centerpiece so I could share it with you!

Pink Gladiolus Floral Arrangement for Valentine's Day Centerpiece


If you love easy centerpieces, as I do, you’ll find the steps to make a similarly designed (double-container) spring centerpiece made with tulips in this previous post: Double Bowl Hurricane Floral Centerpiece.


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  1. Thank you Susan, the arrangement is striking!

  2. franki parde says

    OOOOH, THIS IS SWEET!!! Luv unique centerpieces!! TY one & ALL!! franki

  3. Amazing floral arrangement. Love the double hurricane for holidays. Thanks so much for having us over.

  4. Oh that’s darling! Perfect for a Valentines celebration. Thanks to you and Teresa and Teresa for sharing. Plus yes – that house! I always love this party and getting my Monday off to a creative start. Thanks so much for hosting!

  5. Stunning and a great conversation piece. I remember those hearts from grade school. Who didn’t enjoy reading the special message?
    Thanks for sharing that you can keep those candies for years and reuse in the future.

  6. Susan,
    Great idea for a vase for the Holiday!!
    Thanks again for hosting this wonderful party! I know how much time goes into doing so and I want you to know that I truly appreciate it!! I hope you will have a great week! Thanks for all the inspiration!!!
    Debbie-Dabble Blog

  7. Amazing, love those heart conversation candy. Someone will be on a high and a sugar rush …

  8. Well that just elevated the gladiolas big time! What a fun idea. Thanks to everyone who made the share possible.

  9. Cyndi Raines says

    So easy and so striking! Just beautifu!

  10. I knew how this center piece was made as soon as I saw it! LOL This is done a lot for different holidays using different candies. It’s so fun and it looks great to boot. We’ve also did it with cash to a kiddo. Put the kid’s favorite candies around a paper towel tube in a jar, then add cash to the center of the tube, place lid and you got yourself an instant gift. Love the gladiolus! Hugs, Brenda

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