Years ago, I made a fruit topiary centerpiece for a Bar Mitzvah which took place the week of Tu B’shvat. Though it looked beautiful, it was not practical at all. The moment someone took a fruit off, the whole structure began to unravel. Last year, a friend of mine asked me to make fruit centerpieces for her daughter’s Shabbos Sheva Brachos which came out on Tu B’shvat. This time, I was determined to make something more practical. Originally, I intended to use curly branches from my florist, but while I was planning this I spotted an all-year-round bush in my yard with beautiful leaves on it, which is what you see in the picture. I used some thin wire to hang kumquats on the branches and a striking “tree” centerpiece was created that still looked great after its fruits were “picked”.
Branches (with or without leaves)
Bark wrap, twine
Measure the bark wrap and tie it around the vase with twine.
Alternately, you can put the bark in the vase.
Place branches in the vase.
Stick the wire into one end of each kumquat and attach them to the branches with the wire.
This originally appeared in Mishpacha Magazine. Photography by Leiba Bernstien.