27. Seasonal “Greens”

I took a short wreath and centre-piece workshop with our newcomers’ group. We all started with the standard centre-piece formula: into a simple plastic tray, place your wet oasis. Then, using greens, start by poking long pieces on the left and right so they stick out flat.  Poke smaller flat greens front and back. Fill in with smaller greens to cover the oasis, so that you end up with a triangle (or mountain), flat on the bottom. Next, add candles, decorations, bows and what-have-you. Took us all about 1/2 hour.

I was determined to use whatever I had on hand – I didn’t want to buy a cheap plastic tray or new decorations. At the thrift store I had previously found a wintery tin container, so I used that. This is what I ended up with:Then, for a wreath we were to wrap our frames with green plastic. Fortunately, I had brought a used wreath form which didn’t accommodate the plastic wrap. I just stuffed some long pine boughs into mine, and wrapped green string around it. Then, the simple formula is to keep wrapping the string around the form, adding small greens into it. The next bunch of greens covers the string. I liked this technique!

Instead of shiny decorations and bows, I dug up my LED grape lights and a cow-bell that was lying around. This is what my wreath looks like:By then, my mind was spinning with other ideas I wanted to try, just using the stuff I have on hand. A tin pail, with my late mother-in-law’s silver-plate forks tied to the handle with red velvet ribbon. Red apples skewered and poked into the oasis, with the wonderful Beauty Bush purple berries and pine sprigs:

D emptied a tomato paste can a couple of days ago. I plopped a giant pine cone on top. What next? Ummm.. how about lemons and limes? And, the little red cayenne peppers. We have (unfortunately) too much Scotch Broom around. Is this remotely a “flower” arrangement???

I resurrected a standing grapevine wreath I made with a special friend a few Christmases ago, put red roses and greens into the metal cups, added a couple more pine cones, and called it done:

On my late Uncle David’s candle stand in a nest of red raffia, surrounded by salal (plentiful around here, too) sits a cardinal:

Here, a teapot and fishing float is all that’s needed to add greens to:

And, the last one (for now) – a big hollow chunk of driftwood is filled with branches:So, lots of memories blended into these personalized arrangements. Not very formulaic, in traditional flower arranging terms, but I had fun!

Linking to: Debbiedoo’s, Little Red House, Cozy Little House, Ivy and Elephants, Apron Thrift Girl, DIY by Design, Kathe With an E, I Gotta Create, Brambleberry Cottage, Rooted In Thyme, Home Sweet Home, Embracing Change, Under the Table and Dreaming, Our Delightful Home Tabletop Tuesday, My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia ,

9 thoughts on “27. Seasonal “Greens”

  1. Mein Gott they’re lovely! I think you’ve missed your calling. And when can I get my tomato can back?

  2. so very creative. I love them all. :) I have been looking for a very old toy truck to base an arrangement on. Have found several I loved, but I didn’t love the price. :) And thank you sharing how to make a wreath the easy way with just wrapping and wrapping the twine. Great idea!

  3. Wow! So many beautiful and creative arrangements! Lots of inspiration here.

    Thanks so much for linking up at I Gotta Create! <3 Christina

  4. Everything is so beautiful!! I love everything! Thank you so much for sharing at the It’s Beginning to Look a lot Like Christmas blog hop! So happy to have you share. Hope to see you again Wednesday!


  5. Thanks so much for sharing this fantastic project on Simple & Sweet Fridays. You’re so creative!!


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