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Things You'll Need
Decorative bowl or basket
Hot glue gun
Artificial baby's breath
1 Measure the depth and width of the decorative bowl.
Cut out a piece of floral foam to put inside the bowl.
The floral foam will need to be almost even with the
top of the bowl. Secure it in place with a hot glue gun.
2 Cut the stems down on the poinsettias.
They can be even with the bowl/basket, or they
can stick out 1 to 2 inches.
3 Arrange the poinsettias in the floral foam. Place them
at various angles. Place the flowers close together,
but they should not appear crowded.
4 Fill in any open spots with baby's breath. Use enough
poinsettias and filler flowers to cover the foam,
which should not be visible after you finish arranging
5 Place the decorative bowl/basket on a mirror. The
mirror should be slightly larger than the bowl/basket.
6 Add candles to the mirror. Use candles that match
your Christmas décor. Green, red, white, gold and blue
are good holiday colours.
7 Place the centerpiece in the middle of your table.
If you would like an elegant Christmas centrepiece, then consider making
one for your dining table. Poinsettias, which are considered Christmas flow-
ers, add warmth and cheer to any room during the holiday season. You can
use these flowers when you design and create your dining table centrepiece.
This project also will make a great conversation piece. Christmas centre-
pieces do not have to be expensive. Make this decoration after a quick trip
to your local craft store.
If you have space in your home,
it's fun to put a tree in small
rooms, too. Choose a small tree
for the kitchen, bathroom, or bed-
room, and choose a theme to co-
ordinate with the room's decor. A
tree in the kitchen would look
great with kitchen utensils tied
on the branches with raffia or red
ribbon bows. Add clumps of dried
herbs for a wonderful scent in
Add Natural Materials
Use colourful ribbons to tie together clusters
of dried flowers or small twigs. Place them be-
tween branches where some fill is needed. Use
wire to attach the custers to the branches.
Use Silk Flowers for Colour
Trim blossoms off stems of silk flowers and
lay them on the branches of your Christmas tree
for a formal look.
Add Sparkle With Metallic Spray
Preserved leaves, pinecones, and seed pods
can be embellished with metallic spray paint or a
sprinkling of glitter.
Miniature Wreaths and Baskets
Craft stores have all sorts of wreaths, seed
pods, and baskets. Add colourful ribbons, green-
ery, or berries with a glue gun. Attach a bow or
loop for hanging.
Instead of a garland, attach holiday coloured
ribbons or long strands of raffia to the top
branches of the tree. Wind them down and
around the branches to the bottom of the tree.
A Crowning Glory for Your Tree
Every traditional Christmas tree is topped by a
star or angel. If you have a family heirloom, use if
even if it doesn't "match" your tree decorating
theme. No heirloom topper? Why not make one
and wire it to the top of the tree?
You've chosen your perfect Christmas
tree, but now what?
Our tips will give you ideas for setting
up your tree, lighting it, and decorating it
to be beautiful.
Putting Lights and Decorations on the Tree
When decorating your Christmas tree, put lights
on first, then garlands, then the ornaments.
Work From the Inside Out
Start arranging Christmas tree lights on the
branches near the base of the tree. Weave strings
of lights along the branches "inside," then move to
the outer edges of the branches.
Placement of Ornaments
Don't hang all your ornament on the tips of the
branches. Place ornaments and other decorations
'inside' your tree to add depth and interest.
Basic Ornaments for Fill
Start by arranging the "filler ornaments" evenly
spaced around the tree. This would include basic
solid color balls that are easily found at discount
stores in a wide range of colours to coordinate and
enhance your decorating scheme. You'll need
about 20 "filler ornaments" for every 2 feet of
Special Themed, Collectible Ornaments
Mix one-of-a-kind special ornaments between
the basic ornaments. Plan to use at least 10 spe-
cial themed ornaments for every 2 feet of tree. As
your collection grows, put the special ornaments
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