Photo Gallery: DIY Holiday Flower Arrangements
To make a similar arrangement, you’ll need amaryllis bulbs, bunched boxwood branches, and pine cones, all of which should be available at your local florist or nursery.
If you want your centrepiece to last for the entire holiday season, buy amaryllis bulbs as they just begin to sprout, approximately four weeks before the holidays. Plant them in your chosen container, insert boxwood branches, and tuck pine cones into the foliage. You may need to change the boxwood branches if they begin to wilt or discolour.
This arrangement is also a fantastic last-minute option; simply buy amaryllis that are already in bloom (be careful when handling them as stems and blooms can easily snap), re-pot them, and add your boxwood branches.
A silver vase adds sparkle to this modern country bouquet. To create the same arrangement, you’ll need pine boughs (white or red pine are good choices, or try cedar for an aromatic twist), white roses, twigs, and floral foam, all of which should be available at your local nursery or florist. Choose a deep vase or container to prevent toppling, and use floral foam to anchor each bough and flower as you place it.
To begin, create a base for the arrangement using the pine boughs to create a ring around the container. Ensure all foliage below the waterline is stripped to prevent rot, which will shorten the life of your arrangement. Fill in the centre with roses, again stripping foliage below the waterline, until you have achieved a ‘full’ effect. Insert twigs in the very centre for added height.
White lilies are an unexpected touch in this rustic seasonal centerpiece. To make an arrangement like this, you’ll need cedar sprigs, foliage (magnolia is a good choice), white lilies, decorative berries (try rosehips or St. John’s Wort), pinecones and floral foam, all of which should be available at your local nursery or florist.
To begin, use your foliage to create a base for the arrangement, anchoring each sprig into the floral foam. Next, create a layer of cedar sprigs; your container should now be almost full. Finally, tuck lilies into the top third of the arrangement, and add your berry sprigs randomly throughout the arrangement. Add a few pine cones to finish.
To create arrangements like these, in designer and cookbook author Sophie Conran’s Temple Guiting cookery school, you’ll need long-stem roses and tall, narrow glass vases with wide bases. Simply strip foliage from the flower stems and arrange in the vases, leaving the stems as long as possible for maximum height. For extra impact, add lacy white feathers to suggest a frosty fern.
A long, low centerpiece of bold ruby amaryllis and ilex berries makes the perfect holiday centrepiece. The amaryllis should just peek over the top of the container, so when trimming blossoms, ensure no stem will show. This arrangement will last for a few days to a week, depending on the flowers you pick. For a longer-lasting arrangement, pick flowers that aren’t completely open yet, like those shown here. Alternatively, you could also use tulips or roses for a similar effect.
Simple Christmas decorations can make a big statement. A large evergreen wreath decorated with burlap tassels adds an organic appeal to this holiday table. White pottery vases filled with silvery dusty miller are lined up down the table to keep with the unfussy, nature inspired theme. Plus, they don’t get in the way of dinner conversation. If silver dusty miller is difficult to find, ferns dusted with spray snow or silver spray paint are an easy and equally festive substitution.
Silver dollars in speckled gold-leaf vessels add a sophisticated and simple note to a holiday table. This arrangement is perfect for last-minute parties, as dried silver dollar is readily available at florists or nurseries, doesn’t require water and is easy to store when not in use.