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How to make a Christmas table decoration

You will need

  • Old terracotta pots (15cm)
  • Oasis blocks
  • Bay - Laurus nobilis
  • Box - Buxus sempervirens
  • Crab apples - Malus 'Golden Hornet'
  • Stub wire
  • Secateurs
  • Pliers
Do it: December
Takes just: 1 hour


Christmas table decorations really help to make the festive feast an occasion to remember. This simple-yet-stunning combination of bay, box and crab apple is easy to make from garden plants - and it won't cost you a fortune.

The crab apple, Malus 'Golden Hornet', is loaded every year with small, amber-yellow fruit. By Christmas many have fallen to the ground, though the branches are still decked with copious amounts of fruit. Decorative and versatile, they're ideal for using in table decorations. Combine them with bay leaves and bunches of box, to make festive table decorations. They make an attractive display, set off perfectly with old terracotta pots.

Create a Christmas table decoration with the help of our simple, five-step guide, below.

How to do it


Soak the Oasis in water and cut it to fit the pots. If they are going to sit on a precious surface, line them first with a sheet of plastic.


Push the Oasis into pots. Strip the lower leaves off the bay and stick it in, starting in the centre and working out.


Fill the spaces between the bay with twiggy stems of box. Use pieces with lots of side shoots to give a full, bushy effect.


Pierce each crab apple with a piece of wire. When it's half way through, bend it at the entry point to keep it in place.


Push the wired apples among the greenery, making sure they are evenly spaced.

Our tip

Put the pots outside at night to make them last longer and refresh them by watering the Oasis regularly

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Babs64 10/12/2015 at 19:50

Thanks, just finished making table decorations with Yr6 boys and girls, but decided to use saucers and a candle and the results were fab. Each one was different and they were totally engaged in the task.

Busy-Lizzie 11/12/2015 at 20:30

Are you a teacher? Did the children take them home? So there probably isn't a chance of a photo?