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Lilac Centerpiece

You can boost the height and visual drama of any arrangement with the help of a serving bowl from the kitchen or china cabinet. Set a vase inside the bowl, and then fill both vessels with billowing flowers.

Created By: Johnny Miller, Raymond Hom, Ellie Miller


Resources: Floral adhesive and foam available from Dorothy Biddle Service.

Tips: Floral adhesive will hold the vase securely in place but is easy to remove. Hammer the tips of the lilac stems until frayed. This will help them absorb water.


  • Serving bowl
  • Plastic wrap
  • Tall vase
  • Floral adhesive
  • Blocks of floral foam, cut to fit bowl and soaked in water for 20 to 30 minutes
  • Lilacs (or other flowers)


  1. Step 1

    Line bowl with plastic wrap.

  2. Step 2


    Place floral adhesive on underside of vase. Set vase in bowl.

  3. Step 3

    Fill bowl with soaked floral foam. Arrange lilac stems in foam.

  4. Step 4

    Add water to vase, and fill with more lilacs.

Martha Stewart Living, May 2009