There is noting like fresh, live greens to bring the beauty and aroma of Christmas inside!
Fresh greens bring a very organic, natural, woodland look to Christmas decor.
It’s easy to put together an arrangement and with a little work keep it looking beautiful and fresh until well after Christmas.

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, a little color 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.

I change the greens if I see any getting dry or dropping their needles. Just pull out the old ones and add fresh. I do this in my sink to catch the mess.

It’s really a easy as it looks! A few well placed bowls of fresh greens make the whole house smell wonderful and look beautiful!

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  1. says

    Yvonne, beautiful!! I love that you used real greenery!! I can only imagine how wonderful its fragrance is, in your kitchen. So simple and pretty. Love it!!
    Happy Tuesday,
    xo Kathysue

  2. says

    Love the natural greenery. It really gives you a good feeling when you’re around real evergreens, & pines. Wakes up the senses.
    Love your header. Stopping by to say Hi! & Happy Holidays!

  3. Ann from Michigan says


    Beautiful as always!! I have always wanted to make my own evergreen arrangements. I dabbled a little years ago, but now I’m retired and would love to try it again; as flower shop arrangements are sooo expensive.

    Do you buy your greens or trim them yourself?

    Thanks for the great tutorial!!

    • says

      Ann, Great question. I have had several e-mail about that too! I buy a tree “second” or a “B” tree and cut it myself. A whole 6 foot tree cost me $20.00. Gotta love the price for all that green!

    • Ann from Michigan says

      Oh my gosh, you always have great tips!! And this one is wonderful, I can only imagine all the beautiful pieces you will create.

      By the way, I made your “make ahead mash potatoes” for Thanksgiving Dinner and they were a big hit as well as a great time saver.

      Thanks for all you do.

  4. says

    I worked in flower shops for a few years, and working with holiday greens was my favorite!! How did I never think to make my own?! Yours is gorgeous! I love the Cyprus… I wonder if I have any around here… Thank you so much for the inspiration, I think I’m going to have to venture out into the woods with some clippers!!

  5. says

    So pretty and I too love the natural elements..the greenery must smell so great! Will have to make one for my table this year! Thanks for sharing…always a treat to stop by!
    Miss Bloomers

  6. says

    This is very pretty and looks easy to do with your tutorial. I really like your selection of greens, and the pinecones in the nest is a very sweet touch! xx

  7. says

    Thank you, Yvonne…this looks very pretty and doable! I love your philosophy of taking the seasons slow. I thought I was the only one (and I do a lot very slowly, just my nature)! Keep the great ideas coming! :)


  8. says

    Love it – I started decorating today – just have to finish up the kitchen and bring in our fresh greens. I get $5 worth – all you can carry. Let me tell you i stack it so high it fills the back of my CRV – I can carry alot.

    Enjoy the blessings of the season!

  9. says

    So, so pretty, Yvonne! You always do the best, most realistic posts! Thank you for that! I have thought this Christmas everyone seems to be going for the natural…search the woods for beautiful pinecones kind of look…I”m so glad! It’s what I love and I think it speaks well about our America…perhaps it’s truly time to go back to our roots in more ways than one! Happy Christmas Decorating! Thanks for all of your sweet comments…I truly appreciate them!

    • says

      If I keep water in their container they will last at least 3 weeks. I’ll replace the frazer fur… the rest will probably last until after Christmas. I have been looking for a product I heard about that keeps the greens fresh longer… but have not found it yet.

  10. says

    There is just nothing like the smell of fresh greens indoors this time of year. Your centerpiece is gorgeous, Yvonne. Thank you for showing the way you sat the candles down in the oasis. Beautiful!

  11. says

    I was so inspired by this post that I created something that resembles your centerpiece. I used your picture and gave you credit as well as links back to this post on my blog. I hope that is okay. I just loved it and was happy to make something that looks good (but not as good as yours!)

    Please let me know if you would rather I didn’t use it. Have a great weekend!

  12. says

    Pretty dough bowl arrangement. Fresh greens are my favorite thing to decorate with. I planted evergreen trees and shrubs, just for cutting at Christmas. Thanks for the tutorial showing how to place the candles,and the inspiration. I bought new floral foam the other day. Now, I need to get busy and make a few arrangements.
    xo Babs

  13. Betty Allen Kyle says

    Love greenery and candles in dough bowl. There was a similar idea years ago in a Traditional Homes Christmas magazine using grapefruits cut in half with votive candles in them and cranberries scattered around. I’ve saved the picture to my files for years but also love your picture. Also enjoyed your blog. It’s wonderful and reassuring to read other’s comments about their Christian faith. Yes, God is very real and prayer absolutely works, I know!!!

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