Beautiful DIY centerpieces
FOLLOW THESE SIMPLE STEPS TO CREATE
A SHOWSTOPPING CENTERPIECE IN ABOUT HALF AN HOUR, USING FLOWERS YOU CAN FIND AT THE MARKET—OR EVEN FORAGE
FROM YOUR OWN BACKYARD.
MAIN INGREDIENTS: We used dahlias, zinnias, and pomegranates. Alternatives include garden roses, cockscomb, and persimmons.
HOW-TO: This Dutch Masters–inspired arrangement pairs well with a footed vase, which offers a sophisticated look and an opening wide enough to fit all the foliage. Before assembling, prep your vessel and condition your stems (see page 121 for instructions). Build up from the base, starting with foundation elements, like leafy limbs and cascading, branched fruit. Once you’ve created a collar around the opening of the vessel, add eyecatching focal flowers followed by smaller-scale elements, like berries, eucalyptus, and amaranthus, to complete the lush and layered look.
Cut some stems shorter than others and arrange them low on one side and higher on the other for an elegant, asymmetrical effect.
PRO TIP: Mimic how flowers grow in nature and add blooms in clusters. Generally, odd numbers work best, so stick with groups of three or five.