Instructions for Christmas Floral Arrangements


Simple to elaborate Christmas floral arrangements add character and ambiance to a dinner table. Spread holiday joy with the gift of a handmade floral centerpiece assembled in a whimsical sleigh basket or elegant ceramic container. Fragrant roses, poinsettias and carnations combine with natural cone elements for a festive arrangement. Fresh or silk florals are used to make seasonal gifts or home decorations. Round, oval and oblong arrangements are centered on a table allowing the guests to clearly see one another and the array of foods at the Christmas gathering.

Step 1

Cut a piece of floral foam to fit snugly inside of the container. Place floral foam into the dish or basket. Add water to soak into Oasis floral foam if creating a fresh arrangement.

Step 2

Cut several pieces of greenery at four inches long. Insert greens 1/4- to 1/2- inch into the foam at the outer edge of the container.

Step 3

Place a six inch tall partially blossomed rose down into the center of the foam to secure it in place. Insert two pieces of greenery at the sides of the rose.

Step 4

Cut the remaining five carnations at 5-inch lengths and insert them at angles around the main rose and outer edge of the floral arrangement. Cut the carnations at 4-inch lengths and insert them between the roses.

Step 5

Fill in the floral arrangement with round Christmas ornaments, natural cones and pieces of birch twigs for an elegant table scape. A novelty pick with a reindeer or Santa character will add whimsy to an arrangement for a home with children.

Step 6

Turn the arrangement and view it from all angles. Fill in any sparse areas with greenery or flowers. Add a fluffy holiday bow on a wired stick. Add fresh or faux fruit and nuts for a different dinner or gift arrangement.

Things You'll Need

  • Floral container or basket
  • Floral foam
  • 6 roses
  • 6 carnations
  • Evergreens and holly sprigs
  • Ornaments
  • White or gold twigs
  • Cones on wired sticks


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Who Can Help

  • Flower Arrangement Advisor: Flower arranging
Keywords: dinner parties, festive decorations, tablescapes, Christmas gifts

About this Author

Suzie Faloon is a freelance writer who has written online content for Demand Studios and Associated Content. As a professional crafter and floral designer, Faloon owned a florist business for nearly 25 years. She completed the Institute of Children's Literature course in 1988.