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Astar's Craft: Flowers for the Christmas Table

With Astar

Flowers for the Christmas Table

I'm making this now using artificial flowers berries and foliage and will incorporate fresh lilies or roses a day or two before Christmas
This design would look lovely either on a table as a centre piece or on the sideboard or perhaps on a table at the front door

Things to gather
I'm using a plastic 'classic' urn which I've spray painted black
Wet floral foam to fill
Trails of ivy, ferns, apples, berries, spray berry picks, succulents etc
Red or white flowers of your choice
Floral wire - gauge 20
Large pillar candle

Once the foam has been soaked firmly insert down into the container.
This design is my take on a classic round posy of flowers, but with a twist. When finished it should be loose and casual in appearance with lots of highs and lows + lovely informal groupings of gathered materials.
Take the trails of ivy and surround the rim of the container.  Pull some of the trails out so that they cascade to soften the sides of urn. Use wire clips to hold all in place.
Insert the berry picks to extend beyond sides of container. These could be placed in groups or evenly positioned around base on top and amongst ivy.
Place candle into centre of urn. 
Insert in clustered groups some of the berries.
Continue placing all flowers and foliage until there is no foam showing.
You might also like to add in a few Christmas baubles

(Broadcast 29 November 2012)