Mother Earth Living


Try This: Fall Centerpiece

Build a graceful centerpiece that won't hide one guest from another.



A graceful centerpiece that won’t hide one guest from another, this trough-style vase can hold limitless combinations of dried flora. Autumn leaves make an intriguing arrangement, as does a forest of twigs or grasses.
Photo By Susan Wasinger
A graceful centerpiece that won’t hide one guest from another, this trough-style vase can hold limitless combinations of dried flora. Autumn leaves make an intriguing arrangement, as does a forest of twigs or grasses.
Photo By Susan Wasinger
You can leave the wood raw or finish it with a nontoxic sealer. We rubbed on a thin coat of sea-green flat paint (we used a zero-VOC product by Safecoat: AFMSafecoat.com) then let it dry before buffing the vase lightly with beeswax.
Photo By Susan Wasinger
The vase can be whatever length fits your display area or table. We cut two 1-by 4-inch boards to 28 inches long; the two 1-by- 4 end spacers are 3 inches long.
Photo By Susan Wasinger
Sandwich the spacers between the two long boards and clamp. Drill a hole through all three layers at the top and the bottom of each end for the 3-inch-long bolts. Thread the bolts through the holes and attach the wing nuts.
Photo By Susan Wasinger
Attach cork to the bottom of the box with tiny brads. This holds the foam and plant material in place and protects your tabletop from scratches. Be sure to sink the nailheads slightly into the cork.
Photo By Susan Wasinger

















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