"Let’s just start by saying that I’m not a florist. So if I can create a beautiful Christmas centrepiece using some pine branches and a few flowers and pinecones, so can you. This stunning centrepiece will take less than an hour to create and can be easily adapted to suit your colour scheme for Christmas. As I was going with a pink and peach theme for my décor, I decided to use similar coloured flowers and berries but this would look just as gorgeous using deep winter berries, sprigs of eucalyptus and dark red roses."
Immerse the floral foam in water until the bubbles stop forming and it floats to the top (normally 30 seconds to a couple of minutes).
Set the foam on the cake stand
Begin by cutting small pieces from your pine branches so that each stem is between 3-6” long.
Remove the needles just from the base so it’s easier to insert in the foam.
Start inserting the stems into the wreath starting from the edge of the wreath. You want to insert each stem at a 45-degree angle to the wreath so that as you insert them, they begin to wrap and cover the base of the wreath.
Continue doing this all the way until the bottom is fully covered.
Then begin using the pine stems to fill in the top of the wreath. Keep them relatively short and again, angle them slightly so they are facing away from the middle of the wreath.
Once you are satisfied that the base is about 70% covered, cut the stems of your chrysanthemums to about 1-2” long and insert them at various spots around the wreath. Do the same with the roses followed by the hypericum.
For the pinecones, wrap a long piece of wire to the bottom of the stem and twist to form a spike. Use the spike to secure the pinecone to the foam.
Remember to turn the cake stand as you go to ensure the foam is not visible from any side and the flowers and accents are nicely dispersed throughout.
It’s quite simple to remove and replace the pieces if you aren’t immediately happy with them – a little trial and error goes a long way here.
Place your candle in the centre and fill in any empty spots with a few more sprigs of pine.
That’s it! You can now place the candle on your Christmas table and light. Remember to never leave any candles unattended and don’t let your candle burn down too far!