How To: Make an Evergreen Centerpiece

Christmas centerpieces are one of my favorite things to make at the flower shop. The evergreens make everything look so lush and festive! You can make your own centerpiece at home by cutting branches off of evergreen trees in your neighborhood and pairing them with accessories such as pinecones and ornaments. Lets start with the tools and supplies. You’ll need a garden clippers/shear, a wire cutter, floral wire, and floral anchor tape (optional).

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Pick up some wet floral foam (NOT styrofoam, it needs to soak up water) and a pretty container.

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Cut some evergreen branches from your yard or a local park. Your centerpiece will look best if you can find 2 or 3 different textures.

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Pick out some accessories. I chose a candle, glass ornaments, and pinecones. Some of these are pre-wired floral accessories but I’ll show you how to wire them so you can use regular ones instead. Now that we’ve got our supplies, let’s get started!

Step One: Cut the corners of the foam at an angle to better fit the tapered container.

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Step Two: Push the foam down into the container leaving about 1-2 inches above the rim. Push your candle firmly down into the center. OPTIONAL: Tape the candle and foam to the container as shown (this will make the arrangement and candle more stable and is a good idea if you are giving it as a gift).Image

Step Three: Start with your “fattest” type of evergreen and using the garden clippers, cut up into pieces 3-4 inches long. Try and preserve the natural tips of the sections as much as possible so you don’t have blunt ends. Strip the needles off the end of each section to make it easier to insert into foam.Image

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Step Three: Establish the outer perimeter of the arrangement by inserting evergreen pieces at a 90 degree angle directly on top of the rim of the container. Then place a few pieces next to the candle at a 25-45 degree angle to establish the height of the greenery. Image

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Step Four: Cut up your next types of greenery into similar sized pieces and fill in the holes. TIP: Keep everything equal to or within the perimeter that you established with the first type of greenery. This is key to making a nice even shaped arrangement.

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Step Five: Wire your accessories by wrapping, pinching and twisting floral wire around each piece. (I’m using 22 gauge but a thinner wire might be easier to pinch and twist for most people).

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Step Six: Now it’s time to get creative! Place your accessories in the foam, one type at a time. TIP: The arrangement will look the most natural if everything is balanced but not symmetrical. Put an accessory near the candle on one side, and near the rim of the container on the opposite side. Cluster some accessories in groups and then use a single one in another area. Try using diagonal angles instead of making everything square. ImageImage

Step Seven: Make ribbon tucks using a festive wired ribbon or deco mesh. Stack the ribbon into two loops with the folds even at the bottom, leave a tail that is about the same length as one loop and cut off the roll. Weave a floral wire through the base of the loops, pinch, and twist. Straighten and fluff the ribbon and insert it into your bouquet.

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ImageStep Eight: Add 3 or 4 ribbon tucks in the empty spaces between accessories. Make sure you push them all the way in so they don’t stick out over the greenery. Adjust the placement of accessories to make the arrangement seem balanced. And you’re done!

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Now that you’ve learned the basics of evergreen centerpieces, you can make tons of awesome seasonal arrangements. Check out this other one I made last week:

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2 thoughts on “How To: Make an Evergreen Centerpiece

  1. Oooh! I like the one with the pillar candles! I think you should take pictures of all of the holiday centerpieces you make and keep updating us!

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