Orange-Copper Christmas Flower Arrangement

Orange-Copper Christmas Flower Arrangement

I have used a willow ring as the container for this arrangement in orange and copper colours.

A plastic dish just fits into the hole, and floral foam has been used to support the plant material.

This picture shows one side of the arrangement (the other side is shown below) and I have used three copper coloured candles of varying heights, and two copper coloured wicker balls to repeat the colouring of the candles.

A copper coloured bow is used on the other side of the arrangement.

Flowers used are orange Lilies, and apricot coloured Roses round the other side of the arrangement.

I have also added two satsumas, to pick up the colour of the Lilies, and these have been impaled on barbecue sticks to keep them in position.

Foliage used is blue Picea pungens glauca, a blue conifer (type unknown), Heuchera ‘Pewter Veil’, xFatshedera lizei (plain), and xFatshedera lizei ‘Anna Mikkels’ (variegated), Ilex “Silver Queen’ (variegated Holly), and Tellima grandiflora, whose foliage has lovely maroon veins in winter.

The flowers were from the florist, all the foliage was from the garden.

 

About the AuthorChrissie Harten lives in Redditch, Worcestershire, England, with her husband, and her cute dog Toby. Gardening is her passion, and Chrissie loves to describe herself as a plantaholic. When she is not in her garden, Chrissie teaches Flower Arrangements and plays the Saxophone. She is the Secretary and Internet Officer of Bromsgrove and District Flower Arrangement Society, which is affiliated to NAFAS.

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Orange-Copper-Bronze Christmas Flower Arrangement

Orange-Copper-Bronze Christmas Flower Arrangement

Orange-Copper-Bronze Christmas Flower Arrangement

This arrangement was one of three which I made for a demonstration to Broomsgrove & District Flower Arranging Society.

I have used a brown rectangular base, and two bronze/copper coloured rectangular containers, the taller one placed behind the longer one. These containers were lined with black plastic, as they were made of sisal on a metal framework, and were somewhat see-through.

I then stuffed each container with newspaper, and added floral foam, wrapped in black plastic, for the mechanics.

For the height, I have used some Phormium tenax purpureum, and some copper coloured ting-ting. Other foliage used is Rubus tricolour, Fatshedera lizei, Hedera helix ‘Erecta’, and Hedera colchica variegata. Flowers used were Rosa “Narinja”, Anigozanthos (Kangaroo Paw), and “Kermit” Chrysanthemums.

I have also used some copper coloured artificial leaves and grapes. To link the two containers, I have used some bronze ribbon, and placed some artificial bronze coloured apples at the base of the design.

 About the Author

Chrissie Harten lives in Redditch, Worcestershire, England, with her husband, and her cute dog Toby. Gardening is her passion, and Chrissie loves to describe herself as a plantaholic. When she is not in her garden, Chrissie teaches Flower Arrangements and plays the Saxophone. She is the Secretary and Internet Officer of Bromsgrove and District Flower Arrangement Society, which is affiliated to NAFAS.

Visit Chrissie’s Website – A Flower Arranger’s Garden

DIY Wooden Violin Christmas Door Decoration

DIY Wooden Violin Christmas Decoration

DIY Wooden Violin Christmas Decoration

This wooden violin makes a different wall hanging or door design.

It has a built-in area on the front for holding the floral foam.

I have used dri-foam for the mechanics, as all the materials are artificial.

Materials used are gold Poinsettias for the focal area, large red berries, sprays of small maroon berries, gold leaves, and a bow of tartan ribbon with a gold thread running through.

A wire hanger has been attached at the back.

 

Ideas for Festive Curtains and Windows: Christmas Decorating

Festive green colored bottles holding branches of red berries can make a windowsil look very Christmassy

Windowsills can be turned into beautiful areas during the holiday season but sometimes coming up with the right look is a little difficult or you just can’t get your imaginative juices flowing. This article can help by giving easy and fun ideas for decorating your windowsill for the holidays.

Festive green colored bottles holding branches of red berries can make a windowsil look very Christmassy

1. Find holiday colored bottles in different shapes and sizes. Arrange them on the windowsill and put water in them. Then put pine branches, cut poinsettias and other holiday flowers in the bottles. This creates a fun look that sparkles and shimmers when the sun hits it.

2. Use the windowsill as a place to display pictures from Christmas’ past. Get different sized frames, and arrange them on the windowsill. For a dramatic effect, get an unlike planter and plant ivy. Use those little sticks that cards come on in bouquets but put your pictures in the top. Poke the sticks into the soil in a fun display.

3. Create a window box indoors and put all sorts of potted plants in it. To dress the plants up for the holiday season, hang small ornaments on them. Then put Christmas lights on the window box.

4. Place ivy topiaries on the windowsill and decorate with white lace and holly.

5. Turn the windowsill into a Christmas present. Put festive wrapping paper on the wall and windowsill so that it looks like the front and top of a Christmas present. Put a large bow on top with a tag.

6. Put fake snow on the windowsill and place luminaries at equal intervals along the windowsill. Light the candles for a cheery winter glow.

7. Arrange festive candles on the windowsill. Choose candles with different heights and widths for the best look.

8. Hang candy canes from red ribbon so that they hang down from the edge of the windowsill.

9. Have some of the younger members of the family make gingerbread houses. Then display them on the windowsill. You can even cut a bit of cardboard so that it fits nicely in the windowsill and make little roads out of candies and icing that go between the houses. Don’t forget the street signs.

10. Decorate with pine boughs and pinecones. You can even roll the pinecones in a little glue and then some white sparkly glitter to make it look like they have just been snowed on.

11. Do you have a few different tree toppers? Get small trees to put in the windowsill; put fake snow in the boughs then put on your tree toppers. Now people can see all of them at once.

12. Use the windowsill as a place to display your children’s Christmas art. Get small plastic easels to put some of the larger art on. Attach wire to the edge of the windowsill and wrap it around a clothespin at the end. Use the clothespin to hold artwork.

13. Display collections you may have such as nutcrackers, Christmas bells, ornaments, Christmas villages, antique Christmas cards, or model trains.

Welcome Home – Christmas Hanging Flower Arrangement

Welcome Home - Hanging/Inverted Christmas Flower Arrangement with Orchids and Gerbera Daisies

Get real creative and welcome and wow guests with an inverted over-the-head ‘chandelier style’ flower arrangement for the porch. It is sure to stand out as your best decorating….and we won’t let out the secret!

Welcome Home - Hanging/Inverted Christmas Flower Arrangement with Orchids and Gerbera Daisies

How To:

1. First, you will need to prepare a base for your arrangement. Place three twigs forming a triangle and fasten their overlapping ends with jute rope making a loop for hanging. Refer to the image below.

Twigs over a brick of floral foam fastened with florist wire.
Twigs over a brick of floral foam fastened with florist wire.

2. Place the twig triangle over a brick of floral foam and fasten the foam with a lot of florist wire.

3. Turn the base over. This is where you start arranging your flowers as if it were a normal upright standing arrangement.

Turn the base over to start arranging flowers

4. Use flowers with long stems that penetrate the foam and go all the way back and poke out of the foam from between the wire. Start by placing white gerberas in the center and all 4 sides. Add orchids and fill in empty spaces with greens.

5. Pour water over the foam. The foam will shrink and hold on to the flower stems tightly. Turn it upside down and hang your arrangement in the porch, doorway or hallway from the rope loop.

This article first appeared in the ‘Celebrating Christmas PDF Magazine‘ which is a FREE magazine that you can download and even print out.

Victorian Christmas Decorating Ideas

Victorian Christmas Decorating Ideas

A Victorian theme can bring classic elegance to your home this Christmas. Victorian decor is romantic and sophisticated, and so easy to achieve. Keep reading for some ideas to help you create a Victorian Christmas wonderland in your home this year!

Victorian Christmas Decorating Ideas

You’ll want to choose a color scheme for your Victorian decorations. This will ensure that all your decorations coordinate and look like they’ve been chosen by a professional designer! There are many different color combinations that are appropriate for a Victorian theme. Usually, your accent color will be either gold or silver, which adds opulence. Your main color can be something like dusty blue, feminine mauve or powder pink, light sage green, or deep, rich cranberry.

victorian christmas door decoration
Victorian Winter Christmas Ice Skate Door Decoration

The focal point of the room is of course the Christmas tree. Place a beautifully embroidered tree skirt that features your color scheme around the bottom of the tree. Then, string white lights around the tree. White lights are classic and match any color scheme. Now, you can begin placing the ornaments on the tree. A trip to most any store that offers Christmas decorations will provide you with many Victorian theme choices. The Victorian theme is hotter than ever — you’re sure to have lots of gorgeous ornaments to select from!

victorian christmas angel tree topper
16″ Red and Gold Christmas Holiday Angel Tree Topper

After your tree is decked out with Victorian flair, you can adorn the rest of your home. Try a lace tablecloth and a beautiful floral centerpiece that contains your colors to give any table an eye-catching richness. A satin, tassel adorned runner over the mantle makes a nice backdrop for your figurines or nativity scene. Candles are always a great addition to a Victorian Christmas themed room. Choose ivory candles in pretty crystal, brass or silver holders for a classic look. Floating candles are also beautiful and attention-getting.

thomas kinkade victorian christmas wreath

For the walls, try matting and framing Victorian themed Christmas cards, which can be picked up from most any stationery store. A wrought iron birdcage hung from the ceiling and filled with ivy and silk blossoms also brings classic beauty to any room. Try playing soft instrumental Christmas music that features popular Victorian instruments like the harp to add extra ambiance.

With a little shopping and a lot of creativity, you can turn your home into a beautiful Victorian themed holiday haven!

Christmas Tree Decorating Ideas, Tips and Themes

Beautiful Blue and Silver Christmas Tree

Christmas decorations and accents turn your holiday home into a special place you and your guests will love. There is no doubt that the Christmas tree is the focal point of all Christmas decorations. See some of the season’s best Christmas tree decoration ideas to dress your home for the festive season.

Beautiful Blue and Silver Christmas Tree
Beautiful Blue and Silver Christmas Tree

TRIM THE TREE

  • Use lots of lights. If your tree is loaded with ornaments, limit lights to one color to simplify the look. If your tree is sparse, put up multi-colored lights to help fill it out.
  • Put lights on the inside branches as well as the outside ones to illuminate ornaments.
  • Attach lights from the bottom up, working so that they’re concentrated at the bottom of the tree and gradually thin out toward the top.
  • Work from the inside out when hanging ornaments. Put large shiny ones on the inside branches to reflect light and fill out dark spots.
  • If your ornament collection is skimpy, use candy canes, ribbons, tinsel, doilies and even seashells to fill out the tree. To add glitter, hang pinecones, walnuts and bay leaves that have been spray-painted with nonflammable gold or silver paint.
  • Decorate the bottom of the tree. If you don’t have a skirt, use a festive tablecloth or quilt, a piece of lace or a red sheet or fabric tablecloth.
  • To give your tree personality, hang ornaments with gold cording or velvet ribbon instead of wire hooks.

DISPLAY YOUR CARDS

  • Hang a grapevine wreath on the inside of your front door, punch a hole in each card and attach with a ribbon. Tuck sprigs of holly and evergreen between the cards.
  • Put your favorite cards in the corners of picture frames and mirrors throughout the house.
  • Wrap the banister with garland and berries. Hang cards from it with red ribbon or cord.
  • Hang wide ribbon or strips of holiday fabric cut with pinking shears on either side of the front door. Pin cards to it as they come in.

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Step by step Christmas Tree Decorating – Finally, the Ornaments

Step by step Christmas Tree Decorating - Finally, the Ornaments

In this step by step Christmas tree decorating guide, we told you that it is important to start with lights and follow them up with garlands. Now it is time to hang all the ornaments that you have collected over the years. The best way to do this is to assemble all your decorations together first.

Step by step Christmas Tree Decorating - Finally, the Ornaments

Here’s how you can achieve the perfect look with your Christmas tree ornaments.

Mix some special ornaments along with the generic ones.

Special ornaments like birdhouses, angels, special handcrafted ornaments should be mixed with the regular red, white and green baubles.

For an interesting variety, mix a variety of shapes like icicles, tear drops and stars together.

To showcase all your ornaments properly, hang the largest ornaments first. Space them evenly apart.

Fill in around them with medium and small sizes, balancing the overall look.

Finish with your special ornaments such as specialty shapes, angels, crystals, birdhouses etc.

Just like the lights, create some depth by hanging some ornaments around the trunk.

If decorating around a theme, use ornaments to match the theme.

First, the Lights

Next, the Garlands

Finally, the Ornaments…

Step by Step Christmas Tree Decorating – Start With the Lights

Christmas Tree Decorating - Start With the Lights

The right way to begin step by step Christmas tree decorating is to start with the lights first.

Starting at the base of the trunk and working up, wrap the lights around every major branch, moving from the trunk to the tip and back.

Christmas Tree Decorating - Start With the Lights

Do not just wrap the cables around the outside of the tree branches. It gives the tree more sparkle when it is lit from the inside as well.

String the lights around the trunk as well as the branches to light the tree from inside as well as from outside.

Use different types of lights. Faceted glass bulbs appear brighter. Small twinkle lights and colored lights also bring a lot of sparkle and shine.

LED lights are also useful as they can be kept illuminated for a longer time without the fear of lights getting too hot.

You can use single colored lights if working on a themed tree or mix and match a variety of different colored lights.

Read more on Christmas Tree Lighting Tips and learn how to create the great look you see in commercial sights and magazines in Tips for Professional Christmas Tree Lights

Next: Next, the Garlands

 

Tips for Professional Christmas Tree Lights

Tips for Professional Christmas Tree Lights

Lighting is a critical part of decorating your tree. To get a designer effect you need to add many more lights than average. You will get a big result for the dollars you invest. I recall a time when I tossed 2-3 light strings loosely around the tree and thought I was doing pretty good …..well after seeing the difference of professional Christmas tree lights, I’ll never go back.

Tips for Professional Christmas Tree Lights
A beautiful Christmas tree decorated with silver and white ribbons and professional looking lights

Here’s how to create the great look you see in commercial sights and magazines:

You will need 1 string of 100 lights per foot of tree, i.e.: a 6′ tree needs 6 strings of 100 lights-600 lights all together! This is a fairly reasonable investment at $3-5 per strand (watch for periodic sales throughout Christmas-at any given time someone usually has them on special.). With proper care and storage they can be used for 3-4 years. The above photo shows the dramatic results….this is a 20′ fresh Noble with over 2,000 lights for a striking effect!

If your tree is over 5′ tall it is a good idea to get a tree cord. These handy items are now sold at most drug and discount retailers. They are green and have sets of plug ins along the cord. Why do you need so many plugs when mini lights draw so little power? Don’t miss reading this next part…..(it will save endless frustration) You can never, never ( I mean it!) plug in more than 3 strings of 100 lights together. While they do not draw that much power there are tiny fuses in the plug of each string that will immediately burn out if any more power than that goes through them. You will have lights that burn with very little maintenance if you follow this rule. Your lights will also work better if you start of by buying them bundled in small boxes rather than on plastic racks. When removed from the rack, lights often get wires broken or bulbs pulled just loose enough that half the string will not work. If this is all that is available plug them in while you are removing them from the rack so that as soon as there is a problem you will find it.

Now that you have your materials here are some tips for getting the job done. This is going to take some time so put on some nice holidays music, get a cup of hot cider or cocoa and some comfy clothes. Long sleeves are a good choice to keep from getting poked by the tree as much….and if your tree is flocked-don’t wear a sweater….trust me.

I feel it is simplest to start at the tip and work your way down . Keep in mind that you always want to end with the pronged plug going down the tree toward your power source. Plug all your power together and make sure your lights are burning while you are putting them on. This assures an even coverage and also will alert you the moment that a bulb is knocked loose…half or all of the string will usually go out. Some strings will go half out during the process, if they do not respond right away or go out again after being fixed, it is usually best to remove them and return them to the store for a replacement….you might be able to make them work for the moment but, undoubtedly, they will give you trouble along the way and aren’t the holidays already stressful enough?

To begin drop the plug down into the top of the tree so it will be hidden and then begin to wrap the branches in a spread out manor. To tightly wrap them you will need even more lights. If you are wrapping an artificial tree you need to wrap each branch or it will look patchy. While your at it, you might as well light it in sections so that after the season is over you can put each section in a plastic bag and you won’t be relighting the same tree each year. They should be good for 3-4 years. After that the bulbs will probably be getting fairly thin…

If you will be using a very dense fresh tree you would wrap every other branch. For sparser Nobles, you will probably need every branch wrapped. To gauge how you are doing when you are just about 2/3 down the tree, you should have a little more than half of your lights left to go (this is because the bottom branches really take a lot more than the top portion of the tree.

The key to good tree lighting is that the cords of the lights hug the tree branches and are not immediately noticeable. Come out to the end of the branch and then wrap 2-3 times on the way back to hold the first bit of cord fast to the branch. When you get in towards the trunk where it isn’t very noticeable, go across to another branch. Putting lights back into the inside of the tree gives it allot of depth and creates a beautiful display.

Julie Ann Bennett is an award winning designer and president of Holidays, a premier holiday display design firm in the Pacific North West.  Holidays’ client list includes the largest building on the West coast, The Columbia Tower in Seattle and The Hotel Monaco which was featured on a list of “The World’s Hippest Hotels” by In Style Magazine last year.