How to make a Christmas table centrepiece

How to make a Christmas table centrepiece

We show you how to use fresh, evergreen material to create a Christmas table centrepiece.

It’s easy to make this table centrepiece and a local florist or flower market will help if you can’t source all the ingredients in your garden.

Plus, when you pick up your Christmas tree, you can also ask for offcuts of spruce – they’ll often be free. Long lengths of English ivy are fantastic for decorating with.

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Follow these steps to find out how to make your own Christmas table centrepiece.


You Will Need

  • Foliage with berries
  • Velvet ribbon
  • White napkins
  • White hellebores
  • White kalanchoe
  • Butcher’s broom (Ruscus aculeatus)
  • Asparagus Fern (Asparagus setaceus)
  • Sphagnum moss
  • Container with no drainage holes
  • Candles and holders
  • Ornaments
  • Lengths of ivy
  • Blue spruce branches or noble fir
  • Brass wreath ring
  • Compost
  • Gold spray paint

Step 1

Spray gold paint onto sprigs of ivy with berries (do it somewhere well ventilated). Leave to dry overnight.

Spraying ivy sprigs with gold paint
Spraying ivy sprigs with gold paint

Step 2

Attach ribbon round folded napkins, securing with tape at the back. Place the sprayed ivy as shown.

Attaching the ivy sprigs to napkins
Attaching the ivy sprigs to napkins

Step 3

To make the centrepiece, we planted hellebores and kalanchoe in a bronze trough, added a moss mulch, then pushed cut pieces of asparagus fern and butcher’s broom into the compost in the container. The display lasts for two/three weeks if kept moist.

Creating the table centrepiece
Creating the table centrepiece

Finishing touches

  • Add cuttings of ivy and other greenery to your table for a rustic yet elegant look
  • Create a green, gold and white theme with white candles and bronze details
  • Hellebores can be planted out in the garden after Christmas