how to

capturing fall colors

Plentiful autumn fruits are gathered into a zestful harvest centerpiece.

Brilliant hues, although sometimes uncharacteristic of dried botanicals, shine brightly in this prismatic autumnal collection that reflects the season’s richest palette. The materials, like a bounteous harvest of sun-ripened fruits and sheaves of grain, spill over from within the large, heavy-laden vessel in which they’re lavishly collected.
The profusive product placement, in which the wealth of elements is stacked and layered, increases depth and emphasizes textures, inviting extended gazing. As a result, this consummate fall piece, with its fruitful harvest theme, is perfect as a centerpiece on a Thanksgiving table as well as for other autumnal meals and gatherings.

MATERIALS: gourds, Protea flats, Berry Red China millet, natural wheat, salal leaves, green leaf acorns and kiwi vine from Knud Nielsen Company; urn, berried garland and rose hips from Sullivans; Oasis® Hot Melt Glue, Sahara® II Dry Foam and Waterproof Tape from Smithers-Oasis.

Design by Paula DeClerk

Excerpted from Florists’ Review 101 Silk & Dried Designs with How-To Instructions. To order, call (800) 367-4708, or visit the Bookstore

Fill a container with dry foam.
Dip the base of a large gourd
into pan-melt glue, and place
the gourd atop the foam at an
approximately 45-degree
Gather the grains into
monobotanical sheaves. Bind
the stems with waterproof
tape, and secure the sheaves,
some inverted and some
upright, into the foam with
wood picks or hairpin wires.
Add rose hips, Protea flats and foliages into the design in groups. Accessorize with kiwi vine. Loosely wind the berried garland around the lush composition.

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