Beau­ti­ful DIY cen­ter­pieces

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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.

BY STEPHANIE S I S CO FLOW­ERS BY CAT DASH PHO­TOGRAPHS BY ADDIE JUELL

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