Spring Centerpieces in Bloom

Create centerpieces for the spring season with unusual containers and blooming flowers.
Spring Tablesetting with Forsythia Branches

Spring Tablesetting with Forsythia Branches

A porcelain pitcher filled with forsythia branches graces a table washed in sunlight. Design by HGTV fan Tamgypsy.

Photo by: HGTV fan Tamgypsy

HGTV fan Tamgypsy

By: Matt Fox

Let spring bloom indoors even if it's not spring outside. My colleague Shari Hiller's idea was simple: Create centerpieces using unusual containers and spring flowers. She came up with some great (and easy) ideas for spring centerpieces that even I can make.

Anything can be used as a vase. Water pitchers, china teacups or even teapots make great containers for flowers. If your style is informal, an old mayonnaise jar or tin can could also be made into a vase. They could be used "as is" or dressed up with ribbon or raffia bows.

A clear container can be the starting point for a very interesting centerpiece. Cranberries, blueberries, colorful marbles, seashells or even lemons and limes can be used to add color to the vase. Take four or five stems of daffodils or tulips and band them together. Place them in the center of the vase and carefully pour the "fillers" around the stems. Add water, and your spring centerpiece is complete.

I've always thought that the only reasonable use for a cake stand is a large German chocolate cake, but once again Shari proved me wrong. After placing three pillar candles in the center of the plate, she ringed the plate with glass votives filled with fresh tulip blossoms. It's a definite reminder that spring is right around the corner.

For those anxious gardeners out there, Shari came up with a way to start your garden a little early this year. Why not make a tabletop garden? Purchase some wheat grass seeds at a nursery. Fill a shallow container with vermiculite and moisten it well. Spread the seeds over the entire container by scattering them over the top of the moist vermiculite and press them in place. Within a week or so, the seeds will begin to sprout. Move the wheat grass to a southern-exposure window for a few weeks, and watch it grow. When you are satisfied with the height of the grass, move it to your dining-room table.

Shari's really got me thinking with all these centerpieces. You don't need an expensive vase to create a beautiful arrangement. Inexpensive containers that express your own personal style are way more interesting.

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