Coneflowers & Bird's Nest Centerpiece

Repurpose field-guide bird images and found natural objects into a truly unique floral piece that beckons you to slow down and enjoy. Lifelike silk blooms thrive in a cube of STYROFOAM™ Brand foam!

Completion time – 1-2 hours

Designer – Diane Flowers


  • Cube, 5"
Other Materials
  • Bird field guide images (actual pages or color cop
  • 3-1/2" x 4", four
  • Natural handmade or textured paper, 12" x 12"
  • Corrugated cardboard, 9" x 10"
  • Artificial or found bird's nest with artificial eg
  • Silk flower stems: purple thistle, six;
  • white coneflowers with leaves, three;
  • purple wildflower or lace cap hydrangea, three
  • Mini seeded eucalyptus stem
  • Dark green moss, one bag
  • Floral pins


  • Pencil
  • Ruler
  • Scissors
  • Floral shears
  • Low-temp glue gun and glue sticks
  • Paper glue
  • Clear adhesive dots


  1. Trace sides and bottom of foam cube onto handmade paper. Cut out pieces and adhere to foam using paper glue; let dry.
  2. Cut four 4-1/2" x 5" cardboard pieces and adhere to sides of cube using adhesive dots. Adhere a bird image to cardboard on each side of cube using adhesive dots.
  3. Use glue gun to adhere moss to top of cube, completely covering foam. Use glue gun to secure nest to top of cube as shown, closer to one edge. Insert several floral pins through nest into foam for added strength.
  4. Use floral shears to trim purple wildflower or hydrangea stems to various lengths from 5" to 6" long and insert into top of cube around back and sides of bird's nest; use photo as a guide.
  5. Trim leaves from coneflower stems. Trim coneflower stems to various lengths from 6" to 9" long. Insert stems into top of cube, forming triangle behind wildflowers. Insert coneflower leaves into cube around bird's nest as shown.
  6. Trim thistle and eucalyptus stems to various lengths from 6" to 13" long. Insert stems into cube between coneflowers, as well as around and behind bird's nest.
  7. When pleased with arrangement, remove stems one by one, apply hot glue to ends and re-insert into arrangement.