A centerpiece on the dining table at Christmas adds a festive touch to mealtimes, whether you are entertaining guests or just feeding your family. For little or no expense you can create a beautiful display with evergreens trimmed from the bottom of your tree or from gathering greenery from your yard. Scale your centerpiece to fit your table, remembering to keep the arrangement low so that the diners' faces won't be blocked from one side of the table to the other.
Soak floral foam in water until saturated.
Cut foam to fit length of the container and place the foam into it. Use the entire height of foam. (One inch or more of foam should extend beyond height of container.)
Position candle in the center of foam. If your container is long, you may wish to use two or three candles. Pillar candles can sit on top of the foam. Taper candles should be pressed into the foam to stabilize them, or use plastic candle holders made for floral foam.
Cut two pieces of the greenery 10 to 12 inches long. Angle cut the stems. Place one piece at each end, inserting it 2 to 3 inches into the foam at container level. This gives your arrangement the elongated shape. All the other stems should vary in length but be shorter than the first two.
Continue layering stems into the ends of the the floral foam slightly angling some stems up and some down until the ends of foam are covered.
Cut several pieces of greenery 5 to 6 inches long. Working on sides of foam, insert stems in the same manner as in Step 5, layering the greenery until the sides are covered entirely.
Cover the top of foam by inserting short stems (3 to 4 inches long) all around the candle in an upright fashion.
Attach pine cones, ribbons or ornaments to floral picks. Place among the greenery by inserting into foam.
Live or artificial berry branches can also be used.
Keep water in container and your arrangement should last the entire season.