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Holiday Centerpiece: Gilded Pear Basket

Gold-painted pears look straight out of a fairy tale on your Christmas table. This gold dust, however, isn't magic -- it's available at baking supply stores. Magnolia leaves are also transformed with gold floral paint.

Holiday Centerpiece: Gilded Pear Basket

Source: Martha Stewart Living, Volume 145

materials

  • Nontoxic petal dust, in gold

  • Pears

  • Small paint brush

  • Bowl

  • Basket

  • Magnolia leaves

  • Floral spray, in gold

  • Cedar sprigs

  • Satin ribbon

steps

  1. Handle the fruit by the stem. Place petal dust in bowl; apply to fruit with brush. Place in basket; touch up. Coat shiny side of leaves with floral spray; let dry.

  2. Tuck leaves among fruit and sprigs around basket edge. Tie ribbon on handle. Wash pears before eating them.

  3. Tuck leaves among fruit and sprigs around basket edge. Tie ribbon on basket handle. Wash pears before eating.

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