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Flowers for your Guests: Flower Boxes

Photography: JAMES WORRELL

Source: Martha Stewart Weddings, Spring 2002


Boxes topped with flowers make a beautiful centerpiece; a table number is embroidered onto ribbon encircling the largest box. Inside, the stems sit in water bottles stabilized by crumpled paper. Favor boxes, which contain nonpareils, double as place cards.


  • Quilling paper (enough to wrap around lid and overlap slightly)

  • Small boxes

  • Double-sided tape

  • A peony or a few ranunculuses

  • Utility knife

  • Plastic flower tube

  • Nonpareils


  1. Have a calligrapher inscribe each strip of paper with a guest's name in pink gouache (an opaque ink). Tape paper around edge of box lid.

  2. Using a utility knife, cut an opening in the center of the lid.

  3. Cut off top of flower tube so it's just shorter than box. Add a bit of water to tube. Insert flowers into tube; insert tube into lid.

  4. Fill box with nonpareils (leave room for flower tube); close box.

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