April Showers Bring May Centerpieces

These fresh, cheerful centerpieces were originally designed for a spring wedding. There's no reason not to make them for other occasions and everyday dining tables, as well.
Making Spring Centerpieces: A Vision in Yellow

Making Spring Centerpieces: A Vision in Yellow

These fresh, cheerful centerpieces were originally designed for a spring wedding. There's no reason not to make them for other occasions and everyday dining tables--to put a little spring in your home.

Photo by: DK - Fresh Flower Arranging © 2011 Dorling Kindersley Limited

DK - Fresh Flower Arranging, 2011 Dorling Kindersley Limited

Materials

Flowers and Foliage
selection of yellow spring flowers, such as fritillaria, tulips, freesias and daffodils
flat and bun moss

Other Materials
terra cotta pots
glass vases
garden foam
cellophane
plastic bags

Select Containers

Select the containers you want to use and line any non-watertight containers with a square of cellophane or part of a trash bag or plastic shopping bag.

Making a Spring Centerpieces: Selecting and Lining the Containers

Making a Spring Centerpieces: Selecting and Lining the Containers

The first step in making a spring centerpieces is to select the containers you want to use. If the pots are not watertight, line them with a square of cellophane or part of a plastic bag.

Photo by: DK - Fresh Flower Arranging © 2011 Dorling Kindersley Limited

DK - Fresh Flower Arranging, 2011 Dorling Kindersley Limited

Place Foam

Place a block of soaked floral foam in the center of each container. Trim the edges of any cellophane to the top of the container.

Making a Spring Centerpiece: Placing Foam in a Clay Pot

Making a Spring Centerpiece: Placing Foam in a Clay Pot

Step 2 in making a spring centerpiece is to place a block of soaked floral foam in the center of a terra cotta container. Trim the edges of any cellophane you previously placed in the container to the top of the pot.

Photo by: DK - Fresh Flower Arranging © 2011 Dorling Kindersley Limited

DK - Fresh Flower Arranging, 2011 Dorling Kindersley Limited

Arrange Flowers and Moss

Arrange tulips and freesias in the foam: cut off lower leaves and offshoot buds and trim the stems. Save the offshot buds for a small vase display. Press a stem into the center of the foam, then add more, working out from the center at a slight angle (image 1).

Cover the gaps between the flowers with flat moss (image 2).

Arrange daffodils, fritillaria and offshoot buds in clear glass vases. Use bun moss on its own in the smallest pots.

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