Why spend money on a Christmas dining table centerpiece from the florist when you can easily make your own?
Christmas Dining Room Table Centerpiece
I had so much fun making a centerpiece for my dining room table. All of the greenery I used came from my yard.
At the end of June in 2012, our town was hit with a Derecho that did incredible damage to our home and yard.
My side landscape bed was completely destroyed by tree trucks that had to come in to remove two gigantic Poplars that fell on and damaged our home.
The tree trucks made roads through our front and back yard and crushed any existing shrub or planting that they had to drive over to get to the trees that had to be removed.
A total of seven trees fell on our property, none of which were ours. Mr. SP and I spent a week in the hot July sun cutting up trees, hauling them to the street, all while living with no electricity.
The two trees that did major damage to our home came from our next door neighbor’s yard. Instead of helping us clean the mess up, he and his wife high tailed it out of town. Nice, huh?
Every inch of our property was covered with fallen trees or branches that the high winds blew into our yard. Our yard and our landscape beds suffered major damage.
I’m telling you this tale because the Derecho led to new plantings in our side yard and backyard landscape beds. It was a huge job to plant so*many*plants but it also was so rewarding.
A year later in June of 2013, our landscape looked so much better. Planting these plants leads us to today’s blog post as cuttings from the new landscape were used to make my dining room table centerpiece.
If the Derecho hadn’t happened, I wouldn’t have landscape beds in my backyard that I love or some of the cuttings used for this arrangement.
How to Make a Christmas Dining Table Centerpiece
I took a shortcut to make my Christmas dining table centerpiece by reusing a florist container from an arrangement that my old tennis friends brought to me one Christmas when I hosted them for dinner after they played.
I used to be an avid tennis player but a cancer treatment that I received in 2017 aggravated an old back injury and my back still hasn’t recovered enough to be able to play tennis or do my beloved running.
I still dream about running because I want to be able to do it so badly. But I am able to walk and do weight training, and for that I am very grateful.
I saved this arrangement because I knew that I could reuse it by adding my own greenery to it.
If you like this birch bark container, this is a similar one on Etsy.
Step One – Cut Greenery
I started by walking around my yard snipping greenery to use for my centerpiece.
I used these plants:
- Blue Spruce
- Japanese Cryptomeria
- Green Giant Arborvitae
Step Two – Condition Greenery
The next step was to condition the greenery to make extend the life of the arrangement. Each stem was given a fresh cut on the diagonal and placed into a bucket of room temperature water.
It is recommended to gently crush the ends of the stems with a hammer, but I didn’t do this.
The greenery was left to condition overnight.
Step Three – Make New Bows
I replaced the plaid ribbon with the same ribbon that I used on my Swarovski Snowflake Christmas tree.
The florist used a thick gauged wire to make the bows. You can see how a section of wire was wrapped around the ribbon to make the bow. This gauge wire was stiff enough to be easily inserted into the oasis.
I didn’t have any floral wire with a gauge this thick to use, so instead, I used wired wood picks to make the bows.
The original floral arrangement had four plaid bows, so I made four new bows to replace them.
Step Four – Make the Arrangement
The next day I pulled the plastic liner of the birch bark floral container out so that I could saturate the oasis with water.
I put the oasis in the sink and slowly ran water over it until it was saturated. Then I put the plastic tray back in the birch bark container.
The greenery was taken out of the buckets where it had been conditioning overnight. I spread all of my supplies out on a workbench in our basement.
For gardening, you can’t beat a pair of Felco pruners. The ribbon was cut with the wonderful Gingher scissors that my mother-in-law gave me long ago. Ginghers are hands down my favorite scissor brand.
I started by removing the plaid bows. Note that the sticks and pinecones were in place from the original arrangement from the florist.
I then added pieces of Japanese Cryptomeria and Green Giant Arborvitae to oasis, giving each piece that I added a fresh cut to both make it the correct length and to open the xylem so that the greenery could absorb water from the oasis.
Next, I added the bows, putting them in the same spots that the florist did on the original arrangement.
Looking down on the arrangement, note that there are a lot of empty areas to fill.
I then added in sprigs of Boxwood and finally sprigs of Holly to add a pop of red to the arrangement.
Enjoy the Arrangement
My arrangement is the centerpiece for my angel themed Christmas table that I’ll share on Friday.
I love how it looks and I’m looking forward to sharing all of the details with you.