Hobbies

Hobbies: Make a spring centerpiece

Scripps Howard News ServiceMay 10, 2013 

Fruit and floral centerpieces are a snap to put together as long as you have the materials on hand.

SHNS PHOTO COURTESY OF MATTANDSHARI.COM

Do you need a spring centerpiece in less than an hour?

Fruit and floral centerpieces are a snap to assemble – as long as you have the materials on hand. Even if you have to make a quick stop at the store, only a few items are needed.

You will need:

• Container

• Lemons, limes and/or clementines

• Silk flowers and greens

• Wire cutter

Step by step:

Select a container and get started. (Shari chose a white porcelain pedestal container because she thought the limes and lemons would look pretty against the white.)

Once the fruit is in place, trim down the greenery as needed so you can slip it behind and underneath the fruit. (Shari used five fronds because odd numbers look best in arrangements.)

Cut the flowers down using the wire cutter. (Shari left someleaves with the stem but cut the rest off the stem to use as filler once the flowers were placed. She also removed a few pieces of fruit to get the flowers and any additional leaves into position. Then, she just added the fruit back on the top.) Remember to turn the fruit around to its best side when you are ready to display your arrangement.

The finished arrangement would be lovely on a small table. If you’re working with a large rectangular or oval table, try using two with an arrangement of candles between them.

If yellow and orange is the color scheme for you, give this warm color combination of lemons and clementines a try. A variety of silk flowers will fit here, too.

For this display, Shari pulled out the long tray. She cut the floral stem down to fit at one end of the tray and bent the flowers so they would stand better and fill up half the tray. You can add another floral stem to the opposite side of the tray and perhaps a bit of greenery as a background if you have some available.

This lovely, almost tropical arrangement will brighten up any table setting this spring. Of course, the silk flowers will outlive the fruit, which will need to be replaced once a week if you plan on keeping the arrangement fresh for a longer time.

The nicest thing about these arrangements is that the materials can be used if they aren’t left out too long. Citrus is wonderful in fruit salads and fish and chicken dishes, as garnishes or even in drinks. And anytime is a good time for lemonade.

Hiller and Fox host the PBS series “Around the House with Matt and Shari.” mattandshari.co

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