There is noting like fresh live green to bring the beauty and aroma of Christmas inside!
I am just beginning to decorate StoneGable for Christmas... I'm not a person who rushes through the process... I really enjoy it!
This year I want a very organic, natural, woodland Christmas look.
Live greens and elements from a walk in the woods make a festive arrangement... I'll show you how...
First you will need to crank up the Christmas music....
This is a messy job, so work with greens in the garage or outside (I arranged mine in the kitchen for photographic ease).
I used a large bread bowl to make a low arrangement for my kitchen table, but this process can be used with almost any container.
Because the bowl is wooden and I am working with wet material I put a layer of plastic from a plastic bag in the bottom of the bowl to protect it.
I soaked 2 large blocks of oasis in water for about 20 minutes to get them completely saturated and cut them to fit inside the bowl.
I wanted to use two tall pillar candles in the arrangement. I positioned them on top of the oasis and using a sharp knife, drew around them. I then scored the oasis within the circle and scooped out the oasis with a spoon. This was so easy! I evened out the oasis so the candles fit and would be level.
Four different kinds of greens were used to make this arrangement interesting.
Fraser fur was used as the base filler...
White pine, Boxwood and Golden Cyprus were used to add fluff and interest.
I started by arranging the two ends of the bowl. Adding Fraser fur over the the sides of the bowl, I then worked in towards the candles. When the ends of the bowl were filled in with Fraser fur I went back and filled the sides in with the rest of the greens.
I then filled in the around the candles and center... using the same method I used to fill in the sides. I kept the center greens much shorter than the sides.
I added small pinecones here and there and a birds nest that I filled with pinecones and tiny snips of Cyprus and white pine.
To keep the greens fresh I'll make sure the Oasis stays wet.
Now we have a kitchen table arrangement we can enjoy all season! I hope you will make one for your home, too!