Most people would love to have a beautiful Christmas arrangement with candles for the table or the fireplace mantle. However, they may not want to spend an exorbitant amount on an arrangement. The good news is that there is no need to spend big bucks. It is possible to make it yourself. Follow these steps to create your own festive Christmas showpiece.
Planning the Candle Arrangement
Decide how large, in length, width and height, the arrangement should be. This will depend upon where it will be placed. In some areas, like a dining room table, it might need to be shorter in length and width, but taller in height. However, on a fireplace mantle, you might want it longer in length, narrow in width and short in height.
Pick the type of flowers that will be used in the arrangement. Try poinsettias, carnations, mums, roses or any other type of flower that you like. For most arrangements, using at least two different types and colors of flowers will look best. However, keep the varieties down to around between two and four of each type and color in order to keep the piece from looking too busy. Typical Christmas colors consist of white, red, green, beige and gold. However, you may want to choose other colors that better suit your home decor.
Choose the type of candles you want to use. The choice may be dictated by the intended size of the overall arrangement. However, typically it will employ votive, pillar or taper candles. Also decide which colors of candles will be used.
Determine if you have candleholders to use or will need to purchase new ones. Keep in mind, that you can always repaint old candleholders to make them look new. If you do not intend to actually burn the candles in the arrangement, then you do not have to use candleholders at all.
Decide whether or not to use ribbon in the arrangement. Either way is acceptable. However, ribbon serves as good filler.
Make the purchases necessary for those items that you do not already have online. Make a list before you go shopping in order to make certain you do not forget anything.
Making the Candle Arrangement
Take the silk flower bunches and mix them up if necessary. For example, if you have chosen two bunches of red poinsettias and two bunches of white mums, mix up the head of the bunches so that each bunch results in a mixture of both poinsettias and mums.
Lay two of the flower bunches with the flowers pointing toward the right side of your body. Lay the other two bunches pointing in the opposite direction. Move the stems out from end to end to achieve the desired length of the planned arrangement. If the flower bunch stems are not long enough on their own, use a small piece of floral Styrofoam in the center in order to stretch out the desired length. Secure the stems into place with a small amount of floral wire or pipe cleaners.
Add in additional chosen greenery such as holly, mistletoe or faux pine branches into the arrangement. Work in between the flowers. Secure everything in place by wrapping it with green floral tape. If necessary, use a bit of floral moss to cover the Styrofoam so that it does not show.
Lay the arrangement flat on the are where it is to be used. Fluff the flowers and greenery on the bottom layer out to reflect the width planned for the flower arrangement. Arrange the remaining flowers and greenery to achieve the height desired.
Using wire cutters, cut apart the remaining stems of flowers and greenery so that they can be worked into the arrangement wherever they are needed. Work them into the arrangement, securing them into place with floral wire or tape. Keep in mind where, within the arrangement, the candles will be placed. You must not cover those areas too heavily with flowers or greenery.
Place the candles and holders into position as initially planned. Work additional flowers or greenery around them to make them appear to be a part of the arrangement.
Cut strips of ribbon about 4 to 5 inches in length. Gather the ends together around a pipe cleaner or wire to form a loop. Use floral tape to secure the loop to the wire.
Use ribbon loops to fill in any remaining holes within the floral arrangement.