Peeled to Perfection: DIY Centerpieces by Allison Milam in Entertaining, August 2nd, 2012
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You’ve juiced the lemons for your lemonade and into the trash the peels go. If you’re a lover of all things DIY, you know a DIY tabletop opportunity was just missed. This summer, as you’re setting the table for your next summer-lovin’ soiree, keep in mind that the freshest tabletop ideas may be as close as your kitchen counter.
Instead of stacking the table high with pricey candlestick holders, high-maintenance flower arrangements, you name it, use something that’s already in your kitchen: vibrant, colorful fruit. With some ingenuity and bare-bones expertise, you can transform a rind, peel or even the fruit itself into a stellar centerpiece.
Really, it’s simple. Try hollowing out a pineapple for a textured and tropical flower vase. Or, if you’re more of a citrus person, use juiced lemon, lime or orange rinds to create glowing candleholders. And rest assured that none of these juicy fruits are wasted in the process; you make and create as you eat.