Project

Fall Basket Centerpiece

Fall Basket Centerpiece

Source: Martha Stewart Living, November 2008

Introduction

The handwoven look of basket weave meets streamlined simplicity in a container made by wrapping a strip of caning around a glass cylinder. It contains an array of cymbidium orchids, seeded eucalyptus, and leaves of Bradford pear trees.

For flowers without strong stems, such as cymbidium blossoms, use water tubes. They'll keep the blooms fresh and make them easier to arrange.

materials

  • Glass cylinder

  • Caning

  • Scissors

  • Glue

  • Floral foam (optional)

steps

  1. Using scissors, cut caning to the height and the circumference of a cylindrical glass vase.

  2. Place glue dots or strips (sold with scrapbook supplies) at regular intervals on the vase, and wrap the caning around it, lining up the cut edges to make a neat seam.

  3. If the cylinder is wide and shallow, like the one we used, use floral foam to anchor the arrangement: Carve a block of foam to fit inside the cylinder, and soak it with water. Cut the stems of flowers or foliage, and insert them into the foam.

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