Remember that silver tray I found at Goodwill? Well, today, I put it to good use. I made a simple candle centerpiece for my livingroom. I started by cutting off a piece of floral foam from an old arrangement with a serrated knife.
I soaked it in water for a while (maybe an hour) while I went outside. While I was out, I got a bunch of clippings from some evergreen trees in my backyard ( I think they are cypress). I came back inside and put my floral foam in a shallow candledish (any type of shallow dish will work because it does not show).
I put the dish in the center of my silver tray and started adding my evergreen. I started on the sides and just pushed them into the foam. I did the two farthest sides and then worked my way to the middle, with the branches curving in towards the center.
As I got to the middle, I used shorter, smaller cuttings. I made one layer all the way around and then added more until I could not see any of the foam underneath. Basically, once it looked like there was enough, I added just a little bit more.
Then, I added a few pinecones (leftover from fall decorating) that I had sprayed with that spray snow stuff while I was outside. I hot glued a wide strip of red velvet ribbon around a simple white pillar candle and added a small red velvet bow. I love it!
It should stay fresh up until Christmas as long as I keep a check on the water. Very easy, inexpensive centerpiece! I've never done any type of arrangement so if I can do this- so can you! You could use any type of evergreen you have available, whatever color scheme you like, add ornaments, berries, flowers to suit your decor.
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