Crows & Sunflowers Centerpiece

4 Materials
30 Minutes

I love this time of year. The crisp weather, scents of campfires, comfort food, and vibrant colors. I especially love sunflowers. I am also a collector of all things linking me to my family heritage. My father was a blueberry farmer and I grew up working on that farm. My brother gave me one of the original crates filled with the paper pints that were used back in the 1940's when our farm began. This centerpiece is a tribute to these things that I hold dear.

This is the old crate and pints. I did not want to alter this in any way so you will note that nothing in this centerpiece is glued down. This also gives me the flexibility to change the arrangement with the seasons.

I collect bits and pieces and stash them away. Most of what is here is leftover from previous projects.

I began by stuffing some leaves and other filler pieces around the pints and edges. I don't go too crazy with this because another layer of "filler" will be added later.

I move on to larger flowers and pics, balancing out everything symmetrically. That isn't a requirement, just a preference. Again, don't fill in everything yet...

I balled up some plastic shopping bags to fill up the pints. Luckily for me, our local supermarket uses yellow bags! If I weren't protecting the pints and crate, I would have definitely used florist foam instead of the bags.

I layered on pumpkins, gourds, and more flowers. I even added some gold antlers. From this position, it looks like quite a mess!

Lastly, I twisted some paper covered wire around the handle to look like grapevines and added the three crows to keep watch over the table.

I love looking at this centerpiece. As with most things in my dining room, it is a piece of my family and something to share with my guests. Happy Fall!

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