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.

Various-sized centerpieces for spring in yellow.

Making Spring Centerpieces: A Vision in Yellow

2011 Dorling Kindersley Limited DK - Fresh Flower Arranging

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.

Three terra cotta pots and two glass vases for spring centerpieces.

Making a Spring Centerpieces: Selecting and Lining the Containers

2011 Dorling Kindersley Limited DK - Fresh Flower Arranging

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.

Terra cotta pot lined with cellophane, with floral foam in center.

Making a Spring Centerpiece: Placing Foam in a Clay Pot

2011 Dorling Kindersley Limited DK - Fresh Flower Arranging

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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