Magazine article Sunset

Rustic Centerpiece

Magazine article Sunset

Rustic Centerpiece

Article excerpt

You can bring the outdoors in with this fruit stand. It's a wire basket supported on three legs that are actually branches nailed together (a good way of putting your larger prunings to use). Orange leaves camouflage the wire nest. The whole centerpiece takes about an hour to make. Francoise Kirkman of Los Altos, California, created the design.

WHAT YOU NEED

* 3 BRANCHES 16 to 18 inches long and 1 to 1 1/2 inches in diameter

* 5 OR 6 NAILS 1 3/4 inches long

* 2 yards silk DRAPERY CORD

* 12- by 12-inch square of HARDWARE CLOTH

* Dark green SPRAY PAINT

* Natural-colored TWINE

* GARDEN CLIPPINGS such as citrus leaves, eucalyptus leaves, or pine needles

* HAMMER, WIRE CUTTER, and PLIERS

STEPS

1. Cross two branches to form an X, and nail them together through the center. Hold the X upright, and place the third branch against it. Adjust the third branch until a freestanding tripod is formed, then nail the third branch to one of the others.

2. Wind the drapery cord around the junction of the branches to cover the nails, and tie a square knot to finish. …

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