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How to Create a Traditional Centerpiece for Christmas

Whether you’ve invited guests to a Christmas party or you’re spending Christmas with immediate family, a beautiful centerpiece is sure to warm hearts.  Traditional colors of red and green are probably the most often used, so I have chosen to work with red, green, and white.

My choice for a container is a pale green glass “hurricane” container which holds a pillar candle very nicely.  The pillar candle is white.  There is a plate under the hurricane which will hold a piece of wet Oasis.  Once this “set up” is completed, you’ll be ready to begin your floral design.

The fresh materials to be used are cedar and holly.  Begin by cutting pieces of cedar and holly that are fully hydrated and inserting them into the wet Oasis all the way around the floral design.  You will, of course need a pair of floral clippers or a sharp knife.

Begin the design by inserting smaller pieces of holly and cedar into the Oasis that the hurricane is resting on.  Be sure to cluster some smaller pieces of greens to help create a focal point.  Those of you who follow my blogs know how important a focal point is.  The focal point of the Christmas centerpiece is the cluster of pine cones, a large red ornament, and two small silver balls.

The green glass hurricane is seven and a half inches tall and seven inches wide.  The glass plate is eight inches wide.  The white pillar candle is three inches tall.  The piece of wet Oasis is four and a half inch block.  The narrow clear tape is one fourth of an inch wide.

The finished Christmas centerpiece is ten inches tall and seventeen inches wide.  The addition of two red three inch glass Christmas balls and two one inch glass silver Christmas balls adds a very festive touch.  The last festive touch literally ties the design together…a piece of red satin ribbon swirled through the greens.

Please have very merry and festive Christmas and try your hand at creating a traditional centerpiece!

by Evelyn Kinville, Behnke’s Garden Blogger

Stephanie Fleming was raised at Behnke’s Nurseries in Beltsville. Her Mom, Sonja, was one of Albert & Rose Behnke’s four children. She was weeding from the moment she could walk and hiding as soon as she was old enough to run, so many weeds, so little time. Although she quickly learned how to pull out a perennial and get taken off of weed pulling duty.

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