Step 1


Create Assortment

To create a cohesive look, use different fruits that are similar in color. Red apples, pears, red grapes and strawberries make an excellent color and texture combination.

Step 2


Fold Tops of Bags

The most important element of creating a farmers’ market centerpiece is the shaping of paper bags. Start at the top then work inward. Add shape and a crisp, clean line along the top by folding back the bag to create a two-inch rim.

Step 3


Add Weight

In order for the fruit to sit properly, the bag will need to be weighted down. This will keep the bag from becoming top-heavy and also keep it secure if using outdoors on a windy day. To add the extra weight, pour a four-inch layer of pea gravel in each paper bag.

Step 4


Reinforce the Sides of the Bag

Add reinforcement to the inside of the paper bag with cardboard. Cut the cardboard long enough to wrap around three sides of the bag. When cut to size, insert the cardboard into each bag. Keep the top of the cardboard tucked just below the top of the folded rim.

Step 5


Add Bulk

Fill the paper bag with packing peanuts until two-thirds full. Make sure there is approximately four inches of empty space along the top of the bag for the fruit.

Step 6


Add Charm

Give each bag classic country-store style with burlap ribbon cut to size.

Step 7


Insert Fruit

Add fruit along the top of each paper bag, creating a stacked, overflowing look.

Step 8


Add Twine or Strands of Hay

Secure the burlap ribbon in place along the front of the bag with twine or strands of hay.