How To...Make a Centerpiece with Household Objects

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I recently met with three local florists for a Chicago magazine article titled, "How To...Create an Arresting Centerpiece." The florists' approaches and aesthetics were vastly different from one another, with two focusing more on flowers than the third. That third person, Paul Prentice at Blumen, designed a surprising centerpiece using household objects and just a few orchids. Like it? Learn how to do it below:

1) To start, use a can opener to cut out the bottom of three empty paint cans; insert an inexpensive plastic tap light into each. Set the lids aside.

2) Take two cymbidiums (tropical orchids) and tie them to a ten-inch replacement copper refill tube, using a small piece of a copper scouring pad as a tie for each.

3) Place four florets of orange Mokara orchids in the middle of copper scouring pad.

4) Attach purple Rothschild orchids to a coil; this coil was made by stripping electrical wire of its plastic and wrapping the copper element around a broom handle to make the coil shape. Submerge each arrangement in water-filled glass vases. Place them on top of the paint cans. They will be illuminated from below by the plastic tap light in each can.

5) For a final touch, sit votive candles atop copper base end caps from the hardware store (and place those on top of the paint can lids).

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(Top image via Chicago magazine)