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  • Photos By: Victoria Hudgins

      Looking for a way to add splashes of color to walls, doors, and chairs? These fringe tissue wreaths are just the thing; they'd also make a pretty and inexpensive backdrop.     Easy to make, an entire batch can be created in one evening. They are bright, colorful and easy on the eyes. Depending on what you'll be using them for, make them in large or small sizes.     Materials: Tissue Paper Floral Wire Scissors Needle and Thread or Sewing Machine Hot Glue Gun     Step One: Start with a length of 6 tissue papers stacked together. For medium sized wreaths, simply cut down the horizontal length of a stack of tissue paper. Split the lengths into two piles, shiny side down. To make miniature wreaths, cut that length in half. To make an extra large wreath, connect tissue lengths together with glue or thread.     Step Two: Glue a length of floral wire down the center of the stack and combine your two stacks together. This wire gives the wreaths the weight they need to take shape.     Step Three: Begin sewing the tissue stack together. Note: A sewing machine makes this project go much quicker! If you don't have one, it works fine to hand stitch the pieces together. Do a zigzag stitch directly down the center, over the floral wire.     Step Four: Cut in from both sides of the tissue towards the center of the stack. Cut in about 1/4 inch intervals down the length of the tissue.     Step Five: Separate the fringe and shape into form. A wreath looks lovely, you could also make a heart or other shape, as you like.     Display Idea: Hang the wreaths from a stand or hook, like shown here.     Display Idea: To hang from a wall, attach a length of fishing line around the top of the wreath.     Display Idea: Make miniatures to string around favor boxes!      
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  • Project By: Victoria Hudgins

    Photos By: Pictilio

      Pies are quite the dessert trend these days. They are sweet to serve year round, filled with seasonal produce.     Guests can bring home a slice of sweetness with this simple pie box paper template project.     Step One: To make the boxes, first print out the paper template here and cut along the outer lines.     Step Two: Fold the dotted line inward to create the box. Secure with a small amount of glue and let dry.     Step Three: Fill with pie!     Step Four: Use string to tie the box up and add gift tags for a pretty favor presentation.    
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  • Project and Photos by Brittni Mehlhoff   Save money on wedding flowers by making the groom and groomsmen boutonnieres on your own. Using a combination of flowers from the grocery store and a few silk leaves, you can create these festive fall boutonnieres for about $3 a piece.      Aside from being inexpensive, they're very easy to make. It's a great activity to get bridesmaids involved in too, so you don't have to worry about a thing.   Supplies: Spray roses in fall colors (orange, mustard, or burgundy) Silk fall leaves Orange wax flowers String or twine Scissors

    How-To:

    1. Start by cutting the bottom of the silk leaf away to create a smaller leaf with with a longer stem.

      2. Then cut a small sprig from a larger wax flower branch and remove any flowers that are at the bottom of the stem.     3. Add the wax flower on top of the silk leaf, allowing the tip of the wax flower to rest just above the height of the silk leaf. Pinch with your fingertips just below the base of the leaf and wax flower bunch to hold everything in place while arranging.     4. Next add your spray roses at varying heights, allowing the wax flowers to peek through above the rose blooms.     5. Using a piece of string or twine about 8 inches long to make wrapping and tying easier, wrap the string around all the stems tightly three or four times. Then tie a double knot in the back before cutting off the excess string.     6. Now cut the end of all the stems to the same length about 1/2 - 1 inch below the wrapped string.       7. Add a small amount of water (less than an inch) to short glasses to keep boutonnieres fresh for up to 24 hours until the big day. Attach bout to lapel with a straight pin before the ceremony.

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  • Project By: Victoria Hudgins

    Photos By: Pictilio   Make a HUGE impact on your wedding day using affordable and simple crepe paper streamers! When executed in a sophisticated range of colors, this normal, everyday party supply can suddenly become an eye catching reception centerpiece or ceremony backdrop.   To get the look, the trick is to layer the streamers in a thick succession, then cut them back to reveal layers of gorgeous texture.     Step One: Begin by selecting 2-4 streamer colors that coordinate with your palette. Add in a pretty metallic thread for an extra layer of texture.     Step Two: Cut wood pieces to the desired width and length. A long and narrow installation can center a family style reception table or make it shorter and thicker to back a ceremony or dessert table.     Step Three: Starting with the most outward layers, glue the streamers to the bottom of the wood. Glue them from one end to the other with thin strips of hot glue. Then, move towards the center of the plank an inch or two and begin glueing the next layer, and the next and the next- until the streamers from both sides meet in the middle.     Step Four: Turn the installation upright and hang it so you can carefully glue in the metallic string and begin cutting up on the outward layers to reveal the texture hidden inside.     Step Five: Continue creating layers, taking perspective from both sides, until you are happy with the look.    
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  • Project and Photos By: Mary Swenson

      Fresh cranberries are readily available in grocery stores from mid-September throughout December, and this recipe turns them into a sweet/tart treat perfect for packaging up and giving to your guests as favors!     Ingredients and Supplies: 2 cups of sugar 2 cups of water 2 cups of fresh cranberries 3/4 cup confectioner's sugar Small lidded glass jars   Steps One and Two:   1- First, combine the sugar and water in a saucepan and heat over low heat, stirring frequently, until the sugar has fully dissolved. Do not bring the mixture to a boil.   2- Once the sugar has dissolved, remove the pan from the heat and let cool slightly. The water should be warm, but not too hot. Combine the cranberries with the sugar water in a bowl and cover; refrigerate overnight.     Step Three: The next day, drain the liquid from the cranberries and toss in a bowl with 3/4 cup confectioner's sugar. Spread the sugared cranberries onto parchment or waxed paper and let them dry for about an hour, or until the sugar has hardened.     Step Four: Package the treats inside the jars and cover tightly. We used spice jars, which are perfect for individual guest favors; use larger jars if you're giving out one favor per couple. This recipe filled six 3.4 ounce spice jars; adjust accordingly for the number of favors you will need.     Step Five: Add a simple personalized tag, and you're done!    
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  • Project by Janie Medley

    Photos by Tori Watson of Marvelous Things Photography

    Here's how to create a colorful, textured fall bouquet in a few simple steps.

    Ingredients: 

    Cleosia, also known as Coxcomb Ranunculus Sunflowers (I removed the yellow petals) Seeded Eucalyptus Velvet Ribbon Scissors Floral Tape Floral Pins

    Step One: Clean the flower stems of extra leaves and give them a sharp angle cut and place them in water for a couple of hours so they can hydrate.  For this bouquet, I pulled the petals off the sunflowers to give the bouquet added texture.

    Step Two: Begin the design by crisscrossing the celosia, the ranunculus and the sunflowers. Begin turning the bouquet after each fourth flower and once you have the bouquet designed to the size and look that you want, add a few stems of seeded eucalyptus to “cuff” the bouquet.

    Step Three: Tape the stems to secure the bouquet in place.

      Step Four: Cut the stems to your desired length.     Step Five: Wrap the stems with the velvet ribbon and secure the ribbon in place with a floral pin.     Step Six: Next, take extra ribbon and tie around the handle.     Step Seven: Secure the ribbon in place with 3 pearl pins and cut the ribbon ends at a diagonal.      Enjoy your gorgeous fall bouquet!  
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  • Project and Photos By: Danyelle Mathews

    Creating décor to evoke the woodsy feel you are dreaming of for your wedding couldn't be easier! This little forest of trees can be used just about anywhere in your venue. From centerpieces, to the dessert bar, your friends and family will be charmed by these darling trees.     Supplies: plastic bottle brush trees tree branches small saw power drill glue gun glue stick     Step One: Remove the plastic base that comes attached to your bottle brush trees by simply giving them a gentle tug.     Step Two: Gather thick tree branches and saw into varying heights, for the trunks.     Step Three: Using your power drill and a small bit, drill a hole into the center of each tree branch stump.     Step Four: To attach the bottle brush tree, fill the hole in the stump with hot glue and place the bottom of the tree inside the hole.     Your little forest of trees can be made into place cards by attaching guests names with twine.     Alternatively, add a little thank you note and give the minis away as winter favors.    
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  • Photos By: Chelsea Fuss

    Treat out-of-towners to local specialties. For this Oregon arrangement, we used Oregon hazelnuts...     We also picked up some local strawberry jam.     Find some fun, patterned wax food paper to wrap the goodies in!
      Fill your box with shredded paper.
      You can also wrap twine around the box, add a name tag, and add twine to the gift items as well.
      If you have a lot of guests, make it easier by handwriting one and then color copying the rest! Re-pacakage the food into the smaller containers.
      We love a handwritten note, which adds personal charm!

      Guests can snack on the treats during their stay, or bring them home as a souvenir of their trip. The boxes also make great favors, if you are a little more ambitious.
      For this box, you would need:  Berry boxes Shredded paper Wax food paper Muslin bags Waxed Twine White tags Small treats sourced from your destination or wedding location. Buy large quantities and then repackage them in smaller portions.   Finally, don't forget to ask your hotel or wedding coordinator to distribute the boxes. Refrigerate if needed - and enjoy!     Photos By: Chelsea Fuss
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  • Project by Janie Medley Photos by Tori Watson of Marvelous Things Photography   Design a colorful dahlia bridal bouquet to carry on your wedding day in a few simple steps!       Ingredients:  Dahlias (3 different colors) Seeded Eucalyptus Velvet Ribbon Scissors Floral Tape Floral Pins     How To:   Step One: Clean the flower stems of extra leaves and give them a sharp angle cut and place them in water for a couple of hours so they can hydrate.  For this bouquet, I only designed with two types of flowers. I used one pack of dahlias in each color and one bundle of seeded eucalyptus.     Step Two: Since we are only designing with two types of flowers, I begin putting the bouquet together with two stems of the dahlias and next add in a few smaller stems of the seeded eucalyptus.       Just continue adding the stems of floral until you used all the stems of the dahlias. Stand in front of a mirror while designing and when the bouquet is at the point of how you would like it to look, it’s time to tape it together.       Step Three: Using floral tape (you can purchase this from any craft store) secure the stems together and once secured, cut the stems to the desired length.        Step Four: Wrap the stems with the velvet ribbon and secure the ribbon in place with a floral pin.      There you have it, a pretty bouquet using only two types of flowers!  
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  • Project and Photos By: Victoria Hudgins

    Take your planted herb mason jars that were trendy last year and give them a bright modern touch for spring with this super easy (and crazy inexpensive) paper vase project!     Materials: To make these polygon vases you will need planted herbs and small vases of flowers + scrapbook paper. You will need one piece of 12x12 scrapbook paper for each vase you want to cover. Measure the height of your vase and cut the paper horizontally at this mark.     Step One: Start by gathering all your vases, herbs and flowers. Use different size vases for added artistic touch. The best part of this project is that it doesn't matter what your vases look like. I used a bunch of mason jars, but glasses and thrifted vases will all look just as great when covered.     Step Two, Three, Four: Begin folding the paper into itself, making eight creases of equal distance. First fold half way, then again and again.     Step Two, Three, Four (cont.) You should be left with a 12 inch long piece of paper folded 8 times; this will sufficiently cover a mason jar or any vase of smaller width. For wider vases, combine two papers together.     Step Five: Overlap the ends. Use double sided tape or a thin layer of glue to attach them together. This will leave you with seven folds showing, a heptagon. Cut one fold off if you would prefer a thinner hexagon.     Voilá! Stand up your paper vase and slide the actual vase inside.     Display Tip: Layer sizes and bright primary colors for a look that will be very timely for spring.      Display Tip: On a long table, combine 10-12 of the vases and you won't need much else to center the table.     Display Tip: On a circle table make a grouping of fewer vases (5-6) for a graphic center!  
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  • Photos By: Victoria Hudgins

      Looking for a way to add splashes of color to walls, doors, and chairs? These fringe tissue wreaths are just the thing; they'd also make a pretty and inexpensive backdrop.     Easy to make, an entire batch can be created in one evening. They are bright, colorful and easy on the eyes. Depending on what you'll be using them for, make them in large or small sizes.     Materials: Tissue Paper Floral Wire Scissors Needle and Thread or Sewing Machine Hot Glue Gun     Step One: Start with a length of 6 tissue papers stacked together. For medium sized wreaths, simply cut down the horizontal length of a stack of tissue paper. Split the lengths into two piles, shiny side down. To make miniature wreaths, cut that length in half. To make an extra large wreath, connect tissue lengths together with glue or thread.     Step Two: Glue a length of floral wire down the center of the stack and combine your two stacks together. This wire gives the wreaths the weight they need to take shape.     Step Three: Begin sewing the tissue stack together. Note: A sewing machine makes this project go much quicker! If you don't have one, it works fine to hand stitch the pieces together. Do a zigzag stitch directly down the center, over the floral wire.     Step Four: Cut in from both sides of the tissue towards the center of the stack. Cut in about 1/4 inch intervals down the length of the tissue.     Step Five: Separate the fringe and shape into form. A wreath looks lovely, you could also make a heart or other shape, as you like.     Display Idea: Hang the wreaths from a stand or hook, like shown here.     Display Idea: To hang from a wall, attach a length of fishing line around the top of the wreath.     Display Idea: Make miniatures to string around favor boxes!      
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  • Project By: Victoria Hudgins

    Photos By: Pictilio

      Pies are quite the dessert trend these days. They are sweet to serve year round, filled with seasonal produce.     Guests can bring home a slice of sweetness with this simple pie box paper template project.     Step One: To make the boxes, first print out the paper template here and cut along the outer lines.     Step Two: Fold the dotted line inward to create the box. Secure with a small amount of glue and let dry.     Step Three: Fill with pie!     Step Four: Use string to tie the box up and add gift tags for a pretty favor presentation.    
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  • Project and Photos by Brittni Mehlhoff   Save money on wedding flowers by making the groom and groomsmen boutonnieres on your own. Using a combination of flowers from the grocery store and a few silk leaves, you can create these festive fall boutonnieres for about $3 a piece.      Aside from being inexpensive, they're very easy to make. It's a great activity to get bridesmaids involved in too, so you don't have to worry about a thing.   Supplies: Spray roses in fall colors (orange, mustard, or burgundy) Silk fall leaves Orange wax flowers String or twine Scissors

    How-To:

    1. Start by cutting the bottom of the silk leaf away to create a smaller leaf with with a longer stem.

      2. Then cut a small sprig from a larger wax flower branch and remove any flowers that are at the bottom of the stem.     3. Add the wax flower on top of the silk leaf, allowing the tip of the wax flower to rest just above the height of the silk leaf. Pinch with your fingertips just below the base of the leaf and wax flower bunch to hold everything in place while arranging.     4. Next add your spray roses at varying heights, allowing the wax flowers to peek through above the rose blooms.     5. Using a piece of string or twine about 8 inches long to make wrapping and tying easier, wrap the string around all the stems tightly three or four times. Then tie a double knot in the back before cutting off the excess string.     6. Now cut the end of all the stems to the same length about 1/2 - 1 inch below the wrapped string.       7. Add a small amount of water (less than an inch) to short glasses to keep boutonnieres fresh for up to 24 hours until the big day. Attach bout to lapel with a straight pin before the ceremony.

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  • Project By: Victoria Hudgins

    Photos By: Pictilio   Make a HUGE impact on your wedding day using affordable and simple crepe paper streamers! When executed in a sophisticated range of colors, this normal, everyday party supply can suddenly become an eye catching reception centerpiece or ceremony backdrop.   To get the look, the trick is to layer the streamers in a thick succession, then cut them back to reveal layers of gorgeous texture.     Step One: Begin by selecting 2-4 streamer colors that coordinate with your palette. Add in a pretty metallic thread for an extra layer of texture.     Step Two: Cut wood pieces to the desired width and length. A long and narrow installation can center a family style reception table or make it shorter and thicker to back a ceremony or dessert table.     Step Three: Starting with the most outward layers, glue the streamers to the bottom of the wood. Glue them from one end to the other with thin strips of hot glue. Then, move towards the center of the plank an inch or two and begin glueing the next layer, and the next and the next- until the streamers from both sides meet in the middle.     Step Four: Turn the installation upright and hang it so you can carefully glue in the metallic string and begin cutting up on the outward layers to reveal the texture hidden inside.     Step Five: Continue creating layers, taking perspective from both sides, until you are happy with the look.    
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  • Project and Photos By: Mary Swenson

      Fresh cranberries are readily available in grocery stores from mid-September throughout December, and this recipe turns them into a sweet/tart treat perfect for packaging up and giving to your guests as favors!     Ingredients and Supplies: 2 cups of sugar 2 cups of water 2 cups of fresh cranberries 3/4 cup confectioner's sugar Small lidded glass jars   Steps One and Two:   1- First, combine the sugar and water in a saucepan and heat over low heat, stirring frequently, until the sugar has fully dissolved. Do not bring the mixture to a boil.   2- Once the sugar has dissolved, remove the pan from the heat and let cool slightly. The water should be warm, but not too hot. Combine the cranberries with the sugar water in a bowl and cover; refrigerate overnight.     Step Three: The next day, drain the liquid from the cranberries and toss in a bowl with 3/4 cup confectioner's sugar. Spread the sugared cranberries onto parchment or waxed paper and let them dry for about an hour, or until the sugar has hardened.     Step Four: Package the treats inside the jars and cover tightly. We used spice jars, which are perfect for individual guest favors; use larger jars if you're giving out one favor per couple. This recipe filled six 3.4 ounce spice jars; adjust accordingly for the number of favors you will need.     Step Five: Add a simple personalized tag, and you're done!    
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  • Project by Janie Medley

    Photos by Tori Watson of Marvelous Things Photography

    Here's how to create a colorful, textured fall bouquet in a few simple steps.

    Ingredients: 

    Cleosia, also known as Coxcomb Ranunculus Sunflowers (I removed the yellow petals) Seeded Eucalyptus Velvet Ribbon Scissors Floral Tape Floral Pins

    Step One: Clean the flower stems of extra leaves and give them a sharp angle cut and place them in water for a couple of hours so they can hydrate.  For this bouquet, I pulled the petals off the sunflowers to give the bouquet added texture.

    Step Two: Begin the design by crisscrossing the celosia, the ranunculus and the sunflowers. Begin turning the bouquet after each fourth flower and once you have the bouquet designed to the size and look that you want, add a few stems of seeded eucalyptus to “cuff” the bouquet.

    Step Three: Tape the stems to secure the bouquet in place.

      Step Four: Cut the stems to your desired length.     Step Five: Wrap the stems with the velvet ribbon and secure the ribbon in place with a floral pin.     Step Six: Next, take extra ribbon and tie around the handle.     Step Seven: Secure the ribbon in place with 3 pearl pins and cut the ribbon ends at a diagonal.      Enjoy your gorgeous fall bouquet!  
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  • Project and Photos By: Danyelle Mathews

    Creating décor to evoke the woodsy feel you are dreaming of for your wedding couldn't be easier! This little forest of trees can be used just about anywhere in your venue. From centerpieces, to the dessert bar, your friends and family will be charmed by these darling trees.     Supplies: plastic bottle brush trees tree branches small saw power drill glue gun glue stick     Step One: Remove the plastic base that comes attached to your bottle brush trees by simply giving them a gentle tug.     Step Two: Gather thick tree branches and saw into varying heights, for the trunks.     Step Three: Using your power drill and a small bit, drill a hole into the center of each tree branch stump.     Step Four: To attach the bottle brush tree, fill the hole in the stump with hot glue and place the bottom of the tree inside the hole.     Your little forest of trees can be made into place cards by attaching guests names with twine.     Alternatively, add a little thank you note and give the minis away as winter favors.    
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  • Photos By: Chelsea Fuss

    Treat out-of-towners to local specialties. For this Oregon arrangement, we used Oregon hazelnuts...     We also picked up some local strawberry jam.     Find some fun, patterned wax food paper to wrap the goodies in!
      Fill your box with shredded paper.
      You can also wrap twine around the box, add a name tag, and add twine to the gift items as well.
      If you have a lot of guests, make it easier by handwriting one and then color copying the rest! Re-pacakage the food into the smaller containers.
      We love a handwritten note, which adds personal charm!

      Guests can snack on the treats during their stay, or bring them home as a souvenir of their trip. The boxes also make great favors, if you are a little more ambitious.
      For this box, you would need:  Berry boxes Shredded paper Wax food paper Muslin bags Waxed Twine White tags Small treats sourced from your destination or wedding location. Buy large quantities and then repackage them in smaller portions.   Finally, don't forget to ask your hotel or wedding coordinator to distribute the boxes. Refrigerate if needed - and enjoy!     Photos By: Chelsea Fuss
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  • Project by Janie Medley Photos by Tori Watson of Marvelous Things Photography   Design a colorful dahlia bridal bouquet to carry on your wedding day in a few simple steps!       Ingredients:  Dahlias (3 different colors) Seeded Eucalyptus Velvet Ribbon Scissors Floral Tape Floral Pins     How To:   Step One: Clean the flower stems of extra leaves and give them a sharp angle cut and place them in water for a couple of hours so they can hydrate.  For this bouquet, I only designed with two types of flowers. I used one pack of dahlias in each color and one bundle of seeded eucalyptus.     Step Two: Since we are only designing with two types of flowers, I begin putting the bouquet together with two stems of the dahlias and next add in a few smaller stems of the seeded eucalyptus.       Just continue adding the stems of floral until you used all the stems of the dahlias. Stand in front of a mirror while designing and when the bouquet is at the point of how you would like it to look, it’s time to tape it together.       Step Three: Using floral tape (you can purchase this from any craft store) secure the stems together and once secured, cut the stems to the desired length.        Step Four: Wrap the stems with the velvet ribbon and secure the ribbon in place with a floral pin.      There you have it, a pretty bouquet using only two types of flowers!  
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  • Project and Photos By: Victoria Hudgins

    Take your planted herb mason jars that were trendy last year and give them a bright modern touch for spring with this super easy (and crazy inexpensive) paper vase project!     Materials: To make these polygon vases you will need planted herbs and small vases of flowers + scrapbook paper. You will need one piece of 12x12 scrapbook paper for each vase you want to cover. Measure the height of your vase and cut the paper horizontally at this mark.     Step One: Start by gathering all your vases, herbs and flowers. Use different size vases for added artistic touch. The best part of this project is that it doesn't matter what your vases look like. I used a bunch of mason jars, but glasses and thrifted vases will all look just as great when covered.     Step Two, Three, Four: Begin folding the paper into itself, making eight creases of equal distance. First fold half way, then again and again.     Step Two, Three, Four (cont.) You should be left with a 12 inch long piece of paper folded 8 times; this will sufficiently cover a mason jar or any vase of smaller width. For wider vases, combine two papers together.     Step Five: Overlap the ends. Use double sided tape or a thin layer of glue to attach them together. This will leave you with seven folds showing, a heptagon. Cut one fold off if you would prefer a thinner hexagon.     Voilá! Stand up your paper vase and slide the actual vase inside.     Display Tip: Layer sizes and bright primary colors for a look that will be very timely for spring.      Display Tip: On a long table, combine 10-12 of the vases and you won't need much else to center the table.     Display Tip: On a circle table make a grouping of fewer vases (5-6) for a graphic center!  
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