How to make a gorgeous festive centrepiece

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With the festive season just around the corner, it’s time to think about decking the halls ready to wow family and friends over the holiday period and get yourself into the festive spirit.

No table is complete without a festive decoration, but don’t feel you have to stick to traditional reds and greens for your centrepiece to look festive. This stunning Christmas arrangement offers a softer take on festive sparkle using tones of blush, copper, pink and deep green.

You will need:

  • A bowl
  • Copper florist’s wire mesh
  • Florist’s tape
  • Straight bendy wires – florist’s wire
  • 5 short green garden canes (the kind used to support houseplants)
  • Sturdy scissors or secateurs
  • 3 to 5 Pink Lady® apples
  • Evergreen foliage in a selection of textures and colours (eucalyptus, conifer, poppy seed heads, holly, heather)
  • Sprays of small flowers (wax flower, Viburnum Tinus, Hypericum, Skimmia)
  • 5 x blush roses (we used quicksand)
  • 5 x copper roses (we used cappuccino)
  • Pine cones

Step 1

 

Place a scrunched up ball of florists copper wire netting (available from hobby stores) or chicken wire in a suitably sized shallow bowl with a good solid base. Use florist’s tape or strips of Duct Tape to secure it. Fill the bowl with water. Tip: Make sure you pick a bowl that is big enough not to tip over with the weight of the foliage and flowers later.

Step 2

 

Using a mixture of foliage create a low rounded shape to form the base of your arrangement. Now fill in with sprigs of smaller flowers to create an arrangement that will look good from all around the dining table. Tip: Allow some stems to drape naturally over the edges of the bowl and don’t go too high, because people will be seated and want to look at fellow diners over the top of the arrangement.

Step 3

 

Poke the garden canes into the base of each Pink Lady® apple, so they are firmly attached. Decide where you want the apples to sit and cut the canes to the right length. Place the apples around the centre of the arrangement, so that an apple can be seen from each side. Push the cane firmly into the wire mesh. Tip: Odd numbers tend to look better in an arrangement.

Step 4

 

Using a piece of wire, create a ‘stem’ for each pine cone and position the roses and pine cones all around the decoration amongst the apples. Keep the top of the arrangement quite flat and try to keep the overall shape nicely filled out without being packed tightly.

 

Tip: use candles, tea lights and cut glass to complement your centrepiece

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