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Oh Joy / DIY Floral Herb Centerpiece

Oh Joy / DIY Floral Herb Centerpiece

I’ve talked about my black thumb in the past and my inability to keep plants blooming. Well, I’m on a mission to change that and have teamed up with Miracle-Gro to create a series of projects that make gardening a little easier and a lot more fun. I figured if I use the plants for things I can make to give to others or to decorate my home, it will seem more fun to see them flourish.

Today, I’m making a Floral Herb Centerpiece which makes use of herbs you can grow anywhere (even on a window sill) to make into a centerpiece whenever you’re having friends or family over for a meal. You can see the full video below!

If you make any garden-inspired pieces, please share with me using the hashtag #GROJOY as I’d love to see! And, click here for more inspirational garden ideas from me and Miracle-Gro.

You can see all the materials used in the video below…

Oh Joy / DIY Floral Herb Centerpiece

Materials Used:
Miracle-Gro Organic Choice Potting Mixtea tinscontact paper, gold embroidery hoops, and foam core.

Brought to you by Oh Joy + Miracle-Gro
Creative Direction by Joy Cho
Video by Jenner Brown
Production Asst: Julia Wester
Hair and Makeup by Laura Peyer
Music is “Bravo” by The Little Indians
Photo stills by Casey Brodley

This post is brought to you in collaboration with Miracle-Gro. All content, ideas, and words are my own. Thanks for supporting the sponsors that allow me to create new and special content like this for Oh Joy. 


  1. How cute! I love having herbs around, but I’ve never thought about combining herbs and flowers in an arrangement. Great idea.

  2. I’ve been wanting to do something like this for a while now. I’ve always loved the idea of having herbs in the home. Flowers would be a dream to have every week, we don’t live by a good flower spot. I”m going to try and make more of an effort. Thanks for the inspiration and for sharing.
    Allison over at

  3. Thanks for sharing this video! I’m pretty bad at keeping plants alive as well. My orchid is pretty much dead, but I’m hoping to bring it to an expert to revive it.
    I think keeping plants indoors is a bit hard since it doesn’t get as much sun and warmth as it should. Bringing my tomato and basil plants outside has made them much more sustainable! Good luck with your plants, Joy!

  4. As a pregnant lady I would be concerned about using Miracle-Gro’s products. Company’s can market gardening products however they want, as Organic is a consumable goods standard. In reality Miracle-Gro saying they are organic means nothing. That is not something I would want my skin to come in contact with while pregnant for any length of time.

  5. That centerpiece is so cute – I will have to add it to my DIY list! Love it. I second Sara though, and would not use miracle-gro products, pregnant or not.

  6. Thanks Shruti!
    We cut them from larger rolls. Its a great way to make use of it when you have extras from other projects, too!

  7. This is a terrible company to partner with and makes me wonder about the ethics of Oh Joy. The Scotts Miracle Gro Company is a Monsanto supporter and the exclusive distributor of RoundUp, a Monsanto product. These chemicals are harmful to humans and the environment. I had thought Oh Joy cared about organic/sustainable/etc. Instead you are helping Miracle Gro co-opt a lifestyle to legitimize their brand.

  8. I’m a little concerned as well about the Monsanto connection. Maybe you can help explain or help us understand your decision?

  9. My wife is the one with the green thumb. I’m just the tech guy behind her gardening blog. I love the idea of the floral herb centerpiece. Who wouldn’t want that on their table? Keep it up, looks good.

  10. This is awesome, congrats on collaborating with Miracle Grow!
    I personally am green to plants (no pun intended) and have found that succulents and ZZ plants are the easiest most fool-proof. I’ve forgotten to water for weeks and they don’t seem to mind too much 😉
    I’ve even created new (free) plants from my existing ones by propagating them (essentially, copying and pasting). Check out the post on my blog if anyone’s interested 🙂

  11. Really not keen on MiracleGro – they make RoundUp, which is a nasty nasty herbicide and banned in many places, as well as being owned by Monsanto. I wouldn’t trust anything they make, personally
    I understand you need to have partnerships to make this whole lifestyle blog thing work, but this one makes me uncomfortable.

  12. I have to join in with my dismay at seeing Oh Joy! partner with a Company like Scotts. While the product promoted is labeled as ‘organic’ and may or may not be, the company has committed some very bad acts against the environment and its inhabitants. As one of many examples, they were found to have purposefully treated birdseed with insecticides that are toxic to birds and fish and paid a $12.5million fine for doing so. As an avid gardener, and a fan of this site since it began, I’m really disappointed. I of course realize Oh Joy needs to make money to sustain itself, but I’m positive it can be done with a more ecologically responsible approach.

  13. I’ve been following Oh Joy for years and am an admiring fan; however I too must express my disappointment with the decision to partner with Miracle Gro–the connection with Round Up, Monsanto, and GMO is a gravity that cannot be ignored.
    An overlapping between critical consciousness and social justice and design/fashion/art is of utmost importance. After all, if we and the land are not healthy, we as humans cannot appreciate beautiful things. I hope that Joy, you will at least consider these voices of concern and acknowledge them now and in the future.
    with respect,

  14. I have to agree with other comments that this partnership is not something I would expect to see from Oh Joy. Perhaps you weren’t aware of some of their other products, who they support and decisions they make as a company. I understand the desire and need to partner with larger companies for revenue but this one definitely feels forced.

  15. Beautiful centerpiece! Looks so bright and totally something I would be able to actually do! ha. loved the video!


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