Submerged arrangement design idea

Not all flower arrangements involve the placement of stems in a vase with water or floral foam. There are also some amazing submerged arrangement ideas that can take your flower arranging skills to a whole new level! The best part about these displays is that you can rest assured that your blooms will not dry out. Of course, they may not last as long as some other cut flower arrangements since the flower material is under water and this can cause an increase in bacterial growth. For occasions like weddings and birthdays, however, these displays will brighten up each table and they will more than serve their purpose for the evening.

You will need:

  • A selection of flowers (larger blooms like lilies, orchids and daisy-like flowers are best)
  • Fresh foliage
  • Tall cylindrical vases or round ones if you prefer a shorter display (clear glass)
  • Fishing sinkers and fishing line.
  • Seashells, pebbles, decorative rocks, etc
  • Floral tape
  • Distilled water (to prevent bubbles)
  • Extras like waterproof LED lights


  • Just like any other design, you need to make sure that your vase is clean before you start assembling your submerged arrangement.
  • Plan your design before you begin and do so according to the size and shape of your vase.
  • Trim the stems of your flowers and foliage. Make sure that they are all different lengths to create a variation in height.
  • Secure some fishing line to each stem along with a weight.
  • If you want to create bundles of tiny flowers, group the stems together and secure them in place by using green floral wire before attaching fishing line.
  • Trim the fishing line according to the length needed for each flower or flower bundle.
  • Attach a weight to the other end of each piece of fishing line.
  • If you want to save space, you can attach all of the loose ends of fishing line to a single weight. Just make sure that they are all different lengths so that your blooms are not all stuck in one part of the vase.
  • Gently slide the flowers along with the fishing weight into the vase.
  • Add some stones or pebbles to conceal the weight.
  • Add distilled water and watch your flowers rise.
  • Add LED lights if you like.

Enjoy your submerged arrangement for the evening and even for several days after the event. Remember, you can use fresh flowers or artificial blooms if you prefer. Just take care when using artificial flowers. Test them in water first you want to make sure that the colours do not run. Always use cold water in your vase. This applies to fresh and silk blooms alike.