Create a stunning Christmas centerpiece with a homemade greenery garland and pretty holiday accents. Find out how to make the perfect garland and get our best holiday decorating ideas.
This Christmas, decorate the dinner table with a show-stopping greenery garland. Use layers of eucalyptus and evergreen branches topped with bright holiday embellishment to create the perfect Christmas tablescape. The best part? This garland makes such a bold statement, the only other thing you need to add to the table is simple dishware and of course, the food!
Layer small evergreen branches and sprigs of eucalyptus to form long, full bundles of greenery. Attach the stems and branches together with floral wire. Make several bundles of branches until you have enough to cover the length of the table. While you're making bundles, set aside smaller branches and sprigs to use for filler later.
When you have created 8-10 bundles, separate them into two groups. Layer the bundles from one group on top of each other, using the leafy end of each bundle to cover the stems of the previous bundle; attach with floral wire. Repeat this step with the second group of bundles, so you're left with two large groups of attached bundles. Lay the attached groupings on your table with the stems facing each other so the stems meet in the middle. Attach with floral wire, and use the extra greenery to fill in the garland so that all exposed stems and wires are hidden.
Gather assorted sizes of wood beads and use a needle and thread to string the beads into a pattern; loop the string around the first and last bead and tie off to make sure you don't lose any as you're adjusting the beads on the garland. Use the needle and a second piece of string to create a solid string of cranberries; the finished strings of beads and cranberries should measure about a foot longer than the finished garland.
Lift the ends of the greenery garland and wrap the wood bead string in a loose spiral around the garland; repeat with the strung cranberries. Add simple place settings and fill in any remaining gaps with small sprigs of greenery to finish your stunning tabletop garland.