A foliage Christmas centrepiece looks so impressive – but you can make one at home using natural greenery you can gather for free! In this video tutorial, our expert florist Lucy Silverthorne. shows you how! We’ve also included each step in writing below, so you can follow along at your own pace.
To see where we sourced all the beautiful products in our Christmas tablescape, from the candlesticks to the wine glasses, just click here.
You will need:
- A base, measuring approximately 30cm in diameter (to make a centrepiece roughly 45cm in diameter). This can be any sturdy circular structure, from a wire wreath frame to a child’s hula hoop. Make sure it is light in weight and neutral in colour.This piece is easier to make if the hoop is suspended, as it allows you to work freely around all sides.
- Strong scissors
- String or binding wire
- Foliage – we’re using conifer, ivy, skimmia, variegated holly, eucalyptus and olive. Make sure your foliage is fully hydrated before you start, cut and leave in buckets of water for 24 – 48hrs.
- 2 x lengths of ribbon, each 1m long
- 1 x length of ribbon for suspending from the ceiling
Take the two long lengths of ribbon and knot each end to the frame, at four equally spaced points. You will have created two long loops of ribbon, hold these loops up and check that your frame is hanging parallel to the work surface. Tie your string or binding wire to the base.
Begin attaching foliage to the base, by winding the string around the frame and the foliage and pulling securely. Ensure you cover the inside and outside edge, as well as the top and bottom of the hoop. Work around the frame, placing the foliage in the same direction, but slightly lower so you are overlapping the stems. Consider the placement of your foliage; ensure there are no gaps and your base cannot be seen.
Once you have added the final pieces of foliage, wrap the string around the base tightly and make a secure knot. Trim the remaining string.
To hang your chandelier, thread the final piece of ribbon through the two long loops, making sure it hangs evenly. Fix to your ceiling.
The chandelier can be made 3-4 days in advance. Spray the finished piece thoroughly with water and store in a large bag/bin liner, keep somewhere cool and dark. The decorations will need to be added just before you display the garland, to avoid them spoiling.
To keep the chandelier looking beautiful for the festive season, avoid placing it near direct heat (over a radiator or open fire) and lightly spray with water daily (protect furniture before doing so)
Where to buy the items in our Christmas tablescape
Burgundy flock/glitter glass ball, £4.49; burgundy flock/glitter ogee dec, £4.49; matt flock red ribbed striped glass ball, £4.49; small clear glass ball candlestick, £8.99; green/white pine leaf and berry crackers, £19.99 for a pack of 6 – Gisela Graham
Geometric small sage green glass candle holder, £10; geometric small burgundy red glass candle holder, £10; geometric sage green glass candlestick holder, £14; geometric burgundy red glass candlestick holder, £14 – Talking Tables
Star embossed tumbler glasses, £18 for a set of four; embossed star white dinner set, £52 for 12 pieces; star embossed wine glasses, £22 for a set of four; gold Christmas stags, £22 for a set of 3 – Next