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Jolly Holiday Candle Centerpiece

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Hello there all my project-loving pals!

It’s chilly and wet here in Los Angeles today. Of course I packed only shorts, t-shirts, and flip-flops… Go figure! I’m snuggled up on my sister’s couch with two lazy doggies by my side! To go along with the holiday theme, we enjoyed a hearty breakfast of red-velvet bundt cake and coffee. Did I ever mention that we’re health freaks? ;)

To keep the holiday DIY decorations going, I thought I’d share a super simple idea for a cozy candle centerpiece. I sourced all of the materials (minus the foam wreath form) from nature next door. The moss, rose hips, and hawthorn berries were all found growing in the forest across the street.

Before making a mad dash to gather all of your materials, you should decide what look you’re going for. Do you want an earthy, neutral look? Go grab some pine cones, nuts, and plumes of grass. Looking for something a bit more dramatic? Combine twigs of vibrant holly with brightly colored¬†chrysanthemums. Want something more modern and edgy? Add some succulents, lichen, and mossy twigs.¬† Going for a more traditional holiday-hued arrangement? Then stick to reds and greens like me! You can use any combination of berries, greenery (ferns, mosses, leaves…), branches, and flowers to create a centerpiece tailored to fit your own desires.

For a table-top centerpiece, I decided to use an oasis foam wreath form. This will have two functions: to keep the living branches, twigs, and moss moist, and to keep everything in place.

Fill a round bowl (I used a salad spinner) with water. Set your foam form on top of the water and let gravity pull the form slowly into the water. There’s no need to use any pressure to submerge the foam.

If you want a tightly packed, colorful wreath, then simply begin inserting your berries and rose hips one by one until the entire form is covered. For this look, there is no need to cover the foam with moss first. Simply set your wreath on top of a plate (I used a simple white plastic plate) disguised by a layer of sphagnum moss.

Since I wanted a more sporadic sprinkling of color, I began by securing a layer of sphagnum moss over the wreath form. Once your foam is fully disguised, begin inserting your pops of color one by one. My rose hips and hawthorn berries have long enough stems that they will stay put once inserted into the foam. If you have a loose berry, small fruits, or stem-less flowers, then you can always use a toothpick as a “prosthetic” stem. Just bear in mind that this will not transport any water to your decorative additions.

Once you are happy with the layout of your colorful additions, you’re good to go! I simply added a cut-glass candle holder to the middle of the wreath to create an instant table-top centerpiece. Tada!

Of course I forgot to take a picture of my cozy candle centerpiece in action. I must have been enjoying the cuddly coziness of our dinners a little too much ;)

Feel free to make this project your own- tailor it to your own wants and needs. There are so many ways to use a foam wreath form… let your imagination run wild! ¬†If a foam form isn’t your thing, then you can always use this DIY tutorial to make a more traditional evergreen Christmas wreath!

I hope you enjoyed the latest installment of my DIY decorations! Now that I’m in California, I’ll have to look for more exotic ways to incorporate nature into your home over the holidays :)

Have a wonderful weekend, and I’ll see you on Monday!

5 Comments Post a comment
  1. this is beautiful!

    November 30, 2012
    • Emily #

      Thanks Joanna! :)

      November 30, 2012
  2. what a beautifu idea. and…. you made it look totally “doable” and not too hard. Maybe u just make it LOOK easy.
    also a great way to make the house smell wonderfu! Thank you for the great ideas.

    December 7, 2012
  3. Beautiful! You make it look so easy…I may give it a try.

    December 21, 2012
    • Emily #

      Haha, it’s really not too difficult Elizabeth, I swear :) Let me know if you give it a try! I’d love to hear about it!

      December 21, 2012

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