D.I.Y. Wreath Centerpiece
Our own Anna Stockwell, editorial assistant at GardenDesign.com, shows how to make a tabletop wreath.
As a country girl in the city, I wanted to bring some of the woods into my Brooklyn apartment. So, when I went home to New Hampshire for Thanksgiving, I brought back clippings of spruce, hemlock, holly, fir, bright red hawthorn berries, juniper, and fragrant rosemary sprigs from my parents' garden. In the northeast, most of these same greens can be purchased at your local greenmarket or snipped from your garden, but you can easily substitute whatever greenery you have available. I did buy an additional bunch of blue-berried juniper branches from the greenmarket to add to the wreath, as the branches add a nice touch of color and a wonderful scent. A standard floral form on a plastic tray serves as the base for the tabletop wreath and can be found at Michaels or any local crafts supply store.
To follow the step-by-step instructions for making your own tabletop wreath, see the full gallery by clicking "Next" above.
Gather your supplies and arrange on a clean, spacious work area.
-Greenery (about a gallon-sized plastic bag's worth of evergreen branches)
-Floral foam wreath base
-Four taper candles
Before you place any greenery, lightly mark a spot for each candle (if using) on the floral foam. Once you set the candles into the foam, they will create large holes, so plan carefully. (The foam is sturdy enough to hold a candle, so there is no need for a separate candle holder. Once the first candles burn down, you can easily replace them by placing new candles in the openings.)
-Place candles in dry foam. (This way, the foam will expand around the candles when watered.)
-Bring the floral form to the sink and hold it under the faucet until saturated, about two minutes.
-Dump any excess water out of the center.
-Start adding the greens. With a pair of heavy duty scissors or small garden clippers, snip the greenery into small 4-inch pieces, pull off any extra needles from the ends of each stem, and insert into the foam. Work around the wreath in one direction, arranging from the bottom to the top, covering the whole circumstance in greenery.