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Harvest Centerpiece

Martha Stewart Weddings, Volume 34 2005

A table arrangement of grains celebrates the bounty of fall. In addition to wheat, which symbolizes a fruitful life, this textured display includes other dried grasses (available at crafts stores), so it can be made weeks ahead. The final flourish? A luxurious satin bow.

Centerpiece How-To
To make each centerpiece, you'll need about a hundred stalks (six bunches) of dried grass and wheat.

 

1. Bundle 15 or so stems together at a time (they're easiest to handle if you secure bundles with floral tape about 4 inches below grain pods).

 

2. Hold between thumb and forefinger at an angle. Add bundles, in a spiral as shown, until all are used.

 

3. Wrap with floral tape (choose a color that matches your ribbon). Trim ends with floral pruner (cut center tips shorter for a stable base). Tie a wide ribbon over tape.

 

Tool for the Task: Colored Floral Tape
This handy tape, which becomes sticky only when you stretch it, and then adheres only to itself, is now widely available in a variety of shades. That means it blends beautifully into boutonnieres, bouquets, and centerpieces such as this one.

Comments (9)

  • littlemisslouise 20 Dec, 2011

    does anyone know what some good combos of dried grasses work well in this arrangement? I love this centerpiece but I am having difficulty finding the greenery and dried grasses other than the wheat.

  • aliciambertoli 12 Nov, 2010

    Beautiful!!! you'll need 6 bunches for each centerpiece!

  • Eliz7 17 Oct, 2010

    This centerpeice is just beautiful! I love it!

  • angelpuddin 25 Oct, 2008

    can you tell me how many centerpieces this makes? or is it 6 bunches just for the one centerpiece?

  • Dried_Wheat 11 Oct, 2008

    www.CuriousCountryCreations.com has everything you need to make this. I bought the wheat from them and got the floral tape locally. It turned out perfect.

    Thanks for the post.

  • Dried_Wheat 11 Oct, 2008

    www.CuriousCountryCreations.com has everything you need to make this. I bought the wheat from them and got the floral tape locally. It turned out perfect.

    Thanks for the post.

  • LadyoftheLake85 22 Sep, 2008

    Are you able to purchase dried grasses/ wheat from a florist. If not where can you find them to order? Thanks for the help!

  • LadyoftheLake85 22 Sep, 2008

    Are you able to purchase dried grasses/ wheat from a florist. If not where can you find them to order? Thanks for the help!

  • WesternLady 18 Jul, 2008

    This is a variation of the neat wheat sheaf centerpiece Martha showed us how to do during one of her Thanksgiving specials. I tried it years ago, and it was easy, elegant, tasteful and my family wanted me to make some for them. The only thing I did was make a loop with the jute twine, so I could hang it on a nail for the birds to eat.