This easy eucalyptus garland is our go-to tabletop centerpiece. Dinner guests don’t have to know how easy it was to get this sophisticated look. Use the garland like we did as a table runner or display it on top of a fireplace mantel for a pretty and fragrant decoration. Add in ornaments, flowers, or ribbon to this classic and perfectly neutral garland.
To make the base of the garland, gather several varieties of eucalyptus branches. We used large branches of silver drop eucalyptus to create the basic garland form, and filled in with smaller branches of seeded eucalyptus and silver dollar eucalyptus.
It’s easiest to build the garland directly on the table you want to decorate, so we suggest building the garland only a few hours before guests arrive, to keep the greenery fresh. Lay two large branches in the center of the table with the stems facing each other. Continue laying branches in a line down the middle of the table, working outward until the branches reach your desired garland length.
Trim and add branches as needed until you have a full garland base. Keep in mind that you’ll need room to add place settings, so the width of your garland shouldn’t take up more than a third of the table’s width.
Once you’ve arranged the basic shape of your garland, fill in with smaller branches and make sure all the branches overlap by a few inches. Then, use floral wire to secure the eucalyptus branches into smaller bundles to keep the garland in place. Wiring the bundles together will keep the shape of your garland and make sure pieces don’t move or fall out during dinner.
After all the eucalyptus has been added and secured into the garland, it’s time to add embellishments. Decorate the garland to match the feel of your gathering; for a simple dinner party, candles and flowers create a casual and elegant look. Or, decorate for a holiday dinner with seasonal blooms and décor. Add place settings and take a step back from the table to check the fullness of the garland. Look for open areas or gaps in the garland and fill in with leftover greenery, flowers or embellishments as needed.
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