Making a Christmas Centerpiece

Everyone will enjoy a fresh Christmas centerpiece adorning your table and I would like to explain how to make one. Depending on where you live, you can purchase or cut from your yard evergreens such as pine, fir, cypress, cedar, boxwood or northern bayberry (myrtle). Evergreens symbolize the promise of Eternal Life which Jesus gives to all who will accept and follow Him as their Lord and Savior. They provide healing and fragrant aromas and last for weeks indoors if kept watered. When I use these evergreens in arrangements, I am reminded of the handiwork of the Lord and His choice of plant material from this scripture Isaiah 41:18-20:
“I will make rivers flow on barren heights, and springs within the valleys. I will turn the desert into pools of water, and the parched ground into springs. I will put in the desert the cedar and the acacia, the myrtle and the olive. I will set pines in the wasteland, the fir and the cypress together, so that people may see and know, may consider and understand, that the hand of the LORD has done this, that the Holy One of Israel has created it. “

Centerpiece procedure:
Select and gather your greens. Soak 1 block of floral foam in water that has floral conditioner in it. If you don’t have this, you may substitute a solution of 2 parts water to parts lemon lime soda (not diet). The soda adds acidity to prevent bacterial growth in the water and the sugar feeds and prolongs the life of the greens and flowers. If you use instant foam it will only take a couple of minutes for it to hydrate. Place the foam, holes down, in the solution and remove when it stops bubbling. If you use ‘standard’ foam, it will take approximately 20 minutes for this to hydrate.
Cut foam to fit bottom of container. Do not use aluminum or metal containers that do not have a water-holding plastic liner as metals corrode and may emit harmful chemicals. Figure out how many and where you want to place candles and then tape the foam w/ waterproof floral tape to the container, avoiding the candle holes. Place the candles directly in foam…about 1 ½” deep. Now begin placing in greens on which you have cut the stems at an angle (for greater water absorption) and removed all leaves or needles on the end of the stem that will be placed in the foam. Stems should be placed in foam 1-2” deep, depending upon length and thickness. Place stems at the baseline of the container forming an oblong shape. Continue to layer the greens, working your way to the top of the foam, alternating plant materials to achieve a balanced look. Be careful not to place the greenery too high in the design or the burning candles may cause a fire. Once you are satisfied with the placement of the greens you may insert long lasting flowers such as carnations or chrysanthemums. For the design pictured, I selected standard and mini red carnations. I used red hypericum berry (St John’s Wort) for another accent and added a few pinecones which were glued onto wooden pics for easy insertion. The design was finished with small cardinals and wired red ribbon. Small Christmas balls work well as accents also. Be creative and see what other ideas you can come up with to make a unique and beautiful centerpiece for your table.
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About Debi

I live in Leesburg, Virginia where I teach high school students in the Agriculture Department. Additionaly, I am self-employed as a horticultural consultant and landscape designer. "Beefriend the Bees!" and "Neither Here Nor There" are children's books I wrote and illustrated available from Amazon (http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_noss_1?url=search-alias=aps&field-keywords=Deborah Chaves&x=12&y=25. Other interests include singing and playing my guitar (also have a CD for sale on Amazon called "Gardening Therapy"); walking my American Bulldog, Cloud and Olde English Bulldogge, Sky; staying active in my local church, and blogging on the www.thedailylily.com.

4 thoughts on “Making a Christmas Centerpiece

  1. They are beautiful. Thank you Debi for providing beautiful arrangements like these for our Sunday Christmas Services as well as our church Christmas Party.

    May God be honored with the work of your hands touching the nature He created for our enjoyment and His Honor and Glory.l

  2. Debi, you take the glories of nature and coordinating them, you create a lovely scene, eye candy. The song says, ONLY GOD CAN MAKE A TREE, but you take the “tree” and imitate your Creator in fashioning lovely things to the glory of God.
    Thank you for using one of your many gifts and sharing it with the Body of Christ.

  3. What a beautiful arrangement. You help bring the beauty of nature into the home when the weather is hovering around the freezing mark. Thanks for teaching others how to make these beautiful arrangements so they to can look upon beauty within their own homes. I noticed the arrangement on Chris and Tammy’s table last night. What a beautiful accent for the table of fellowship. Also the topiary you made and gave to Dorothy was beautiful. Will you be doing a blog on that?

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