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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


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. They are decorative and versatile, and 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.

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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