"The Flower Chef," Carly Cylinder is taking fresh flowers and showing you how to make the ultimate centerpiece.


  • 4 To 5 Pieces Of Produce (Artichokes, Plums, Kiwis)
  • 1 Bunch Of White Veronica Or Heather
  • 1 To 2 Bunches Of Stock (Yellow, Peach, Pink, Or White)
  • 1 Bunch Of Pink Lisianthus Or Roses (10 To 12 Stems)
  • 1 Bunch Of Pink, White, Or Peach Dahlias
  • 1 Bunch Of Cream Or Green Hypericum
  • I To 2 Blocks Of Floral Foam (Depending On Bowl Size)
  • Wooden Green Floral Picks (Or Any Wood Picks Such As Kebab Sticks)
  • Serving Bowl
  • Optional: Thick Green Floral Tape
DIY Still-Life Centerpiece - Home & Family


1. Soak the floral foam, then cut the foam so that it fits snugly in the bowl. If you're using a very low bowl and it seems like the foam is going to fall out

2. Stretch multiple strips of the floral tape around the bowl and the foam, crisscrossing as
you go so that the strips make a cross or the top of the f a star shape over foam to hold it in

3. Cut or break the floral picks so that they are about 6" long. It's OK if the end is jagged; that
will make it easier to pierce the fruit or vegetable. Insert the pointy end of one stick about an
inch deep into a piece of produce; spearing the produce anywhere is fine, as long as it's
secure. (Note: Artichokes are the exception and should be speared 2" deep directly into the
stems.) Do this with each piece of fruit and vegetable you're using.

4. Prep the flowers and then separate them by type. You can keep some foliage at the top if
you'd like.

5. Cut a few stems of veronica (or heather) and stock to about 8" to 10" long. Cut another few
stems of the same types of flowers to about 4" to 5" long. Using the veronica (or heather) and
stock, form an asymmetrical V shape as the starting outline for the arrangement (see photo
at right). Insert the taller veronica and stock, angled moderately outward, on the left side.
Insert the shorter veronica and stock on the right side, angled out-ward almost horizontally. If
possible, bend the shorter pieces a bit downward, being careful not to snap the stems. The
arrangement should be asymmetrical overall.

6. A very open V shape will start Cut a few stems of the lisianthus til roses, to the same height
as the taller w, ronica and place them nearby, followi4- the rough outline that has developed.
clit a few stems of the lisianthus, or roses, to the same height as the shorter veronica and
place them near those stems.

7. 7 Cut the dahlias to about 6" to 8" 1on9 I and place them evenly throughout the entire
arrangement, some at the mid-way height between the taller and shorter flowers, creating a
smooth, gradual line. You can place a taller stem toward the left side. Cut half at 8" and place
at the to of the V, then cut half at 6" and put at the bottom of the V.

8. Add in the hypericum and evenly dis-tributethroughout. The flowers don't have to be in a
certain order or pattern; just make sure the colors are balanced.

9. Add in the rest of the stock and ve-ronica to further define the V shape. Turn the vase and
add flowers so that the arrangement looks full.

10. I 0 Add in the produce at the bottom half of the arrangement. Rotate the arrangement
about one quarter-turn after each insertion to ensure that the fruit and vegetables are evenly

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