I love making fresh greenery displays during the holidays. The fresh greenery smells so good and they look great as center pieces. I also love it on the mantel during the holidays. Purchasing fresh greenery from garden centers or your local nursery can be expensive. I have resorted to making my own using the greenery on my property. I’m not a professional decorator or florist, but I’m happy and I save money on displays that I will only use for a few weeks.
I need several center pieces for my tables, so I thought I would share how I put my displays together. I start by gathering my greenery. I use spruce, pine and cuttings from my shrubs. Next, I soak my greenery overnight before I use it. Soaking the greenery keeps it fresh. The greenery soaks ups the water through the end that has been cut and through its leaves. pores. Keeping the greenery moist is the key to keeping it fresh.
I decided to use an antique dough bowl that I was luckily enough to snatch up years ago. I line my bowls with plastic before I start placing my greenery. It keeps the moisture off the bowl. You can use Saran Wrap or other plastic that you have on hand. I like to recycle, so I used the plastic bag from paper plates. It works great, besides the greenery will be covering it so it’s not a big deal.
I place my candle in the center of the bowl and start at the ends to create my center piece. I place the longer pieces first and than layer shorter pieces working my way toward the candle. I used the spruce and cuttings from two of my shrubs at the ends. One of the shrubs was an evergreen and the other provided length and contrast in the display. I used shorter pieces on the sides of the bowl. In particular, pine to soften the display and some of the cuttings from the shrubs for contrast.
I added cinnamon sticks, pinecones from my daughter’s yard and a few sprigs of berries for additional color. Spritz the display before lighting the candle and allow the water to be absorbed. Here is a close-up of the display, you can see the variety of materials used.
I smile when I walk into my kitchen and look over at the display. I think it turned out okay. A few suggestions, work on newspaper and keep a trash can nearby. Do you create your own greenery wreaths and display? Leave a comment and visit to check out your work. Tips are welcome too.