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Tulip Centerpieces




  • Tulips, assorted
  • Large knife or clippers
  • Ribbon
  • Pins
  • 4 vases
  • Water
  • Cut-flower food
  • Double-sided tape


  1. Step 1

    Start by making a bouquet for each vase. Hold a strong flower or group of strong flowers in your first. With other hand, add flowers at a 45-degree angle. When the bouquet begins to feel heavy on one side, rotate it and add flowers to the other side. Support delicate flowers with sturdy ones. To cut stems, rest them on the edge of the counter and cut them with a large knife or clippers. Make a blunt cut on the ribbon; create a cuff in the edge, and stick a pin in it.

  2. Step 2

    Hold stems in fist. Line up the top of the stems with the vase to gauge height. Cut with clippers to create a desired height (be sure that water and cut-flowers food are already in the vases).

  3. Step 3

    Put the bouquets in the vases.

  4. Step 4

    Trim stems short enough to be hidden by ribbon on vase. Place flowers in vase.

  5. Step 5

    Create an impressive combination by arranging vases.

  6. Step 6

    Position double-sided tape on the vases.

The Martha Stewart Show, April 2006



Reviews (4)

  • swanyj 31 Mar, 2008

    Yes, Here in Skagit County, Wa, we have a huge tulip festival and the growers tell us NOT to use flower food with tulips. Susan

  • laura10801 31 Mar, 2008

    My florist says cut flower food is not good for tulips, and one should just use plain water with them.

  • Anna_Marie 31 Mar, 2008

    Another idea would be to use one or two paper napkins (if you are using decorative paper napkins) for wrapping around the vases. They would coordinate with your place settings that way.

  • 1234sana 31 Mar, 2008

    This is great to simpliication the table setting for a Family Reunion get together Dinner or Brunch. Lovely. Not too much hard work, Great.