How To...Make a centerpiece that's sure to be a conversation starter

How To...Make a centerpiece that's sure to be a conversation starter

Heather Blaha
Nov 16, 2006

We hope to have a lot of centerpiece ideas trickling in over the next few weeks, since the possibilities are fun and endless. While our table is too small to really go all out with size and stuff for the center, we love seeing what others come up with. Time Out's Annie Tomlin put together three oddly charming centerpieces in this week's issue. Our favorite: The quirky turkey. See instructions below:

Supplies needed:
Half-circles of florists' foam (one small, one large). Available at Jo-Ann.

Loose flowers in a variety of colors. We used mums, orchids, wheat and leafy plants from A New Leaf (312 S Dearborn St, 312-427-9097). Florist pins (available at Jo-Ann) or paper clips

How to make the turkey:
Using florist pins or straightened paper clips, secure the smaller foam half-circle to the larger half-circle. The smaller piece will eventually be the bird's head, while the larger one serves as its body. Then, use the pins to secure each flower and create the bird's "feathers." There's really no right or wrong way to arrange the flora, so be creative. Like any living creature, this turkey thrives on water—so don't forget to keep its foam well hydrated.

(Thanks, Annie!)

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