DIY 09: Fresh Table Centrepiece

December 9th, 2013 | Posted by Becki Peckham in 12 DIY's Of Christmas | DIY | Holidays/Seasons

For those of you who like to entertain, here is a centrepiece idea that’s sure to please the eyes (and nose). This fresh centrepiece was one my mother made for a dinner party she hosted last weekend. She has quite a large table, but you can scale this to the proper size for your own table.

To make this centrepiece you need:
A birch log
Fresh greenery (she used what we had left from our wreaths)
Fresh flowers, berries or pinecones
Floral water tubes
Long rope
Floral wire
Branch snips

First, place your birch log in the centre of your table as a base for the arrangement. This will be difficult to move once put together so make sure your table setting fits around the arrangement. We will be creating a garland of greenery that will drape over the log. Keep in mind, since the greenery is not anchored in an oasis, this centrepiece cannot be watered so it will only last about 5 days (unless you want to spray it with water or soak it).

To make the garland, first string the rope over the length of the log roughly in the position that the garland will lie. Cut the rope to length. Next, using the same technique we used with the wreath, take three pieces of greenery and wire it on to the rope. Mom used a mix of spruce, pine and cedar. Work your way down the rope making sure to cover the previous wire with the new greenery each time. You can use the same technique to make garland for your fireplace mantel or stair railing, just make sure to cover both sides of the rope in this case.IMG_3044IMG_3053

Here is a view of the back of the rope.IMG_3034IMG_3035

When you have the greenery wired to the rope, lay it over the birch log and tuck in the end pieces of the rope so they are hidden.

Once you have the garland positioned how you like, you can fill it in with fresh flowers, berries etc. If you are using fresh flowers, pick up some floral water tubes and fill them with a water/flower food mix. This will help keep the flowers alive longer. My mom also added in some nice birch candle holders she picked up at a local nursery.IMG_3061IMG_3062IMG_3068

Set your table and enjoy. The flowers and greenery look and smell great!

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