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How to Make a Centerpiece out of Sticks & Leaves

April 30, 2015

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Today: Debra Szidon of Cocoon Home tells us how to make an impromptu centerpiece with natural, foraged items. Debra uses Squarespace—check out her site here.

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No matter if a meal is planned or not, a table can be dressed and decorated on a whim. Foraged natural items, such as driftwood, branches, seed pods, or foliage plants can create as big an impact as an expensive floral bouquet.


For this arrangement, I used greens and berries from the garden and placed them into a cholla cactus skeleton I found during a trip to Arizona. As a final touch, string lights were added for a little daytime glamour—an easy way to keep your centerpiece captivating if your guests linger past sunset.


You can find more ideas for DIY arrangements here

Photographs courtesy Debra Szidon

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