Creating contemporary centerpieces begins with square vases, that lend a simple, clean look to any special occasion and using branches instead of flowers keeps the look non-fussy. Making your own centerpieces at home is relatively inexpensive and can be put together in little time, with professional-looking results. For any special event, such as a wedding, anniversary or birthday, make these contemporary centerpieces and get rave reviews from your guests.
Select a square glass vase that is approximately 6- to 8-inches tall. Any height can be used.
Place clear or colored glass stones in the vase. Use enough to fill it about half full.
Fill the vase with water so it is about 3/4 of the way full. If desired, add a couple drops of food coloring to the water.
Cut the cherry blossom branches so they are about twice the height of the vase. Use two or three branches per vase and vary the length of the branches slightly so they are not all the same height.
Insert two or three cherry blossom branches into each vase. Place each one at an angle in the vase, crossing each to provide more stability. If the branches do not stay in the vase securely, remove and cut another 1 to 2 inches off the bottom of each branch and re-insert.
Place a square mirror in the center of each table and place a vase in the middle of each mirror. Add three to five small votive candles to each mirror, around the outside of the vase. Use small square candle holders to keep with the contemporary look and scatter a few of the glass stones over the mirror to complete the centerpieces.