Bits and Branches Holiday Centerpiece

Bits and Branches Holiday Centerpiece
  • Posted December 2, 2014

A festive Holiday centerpiece or mantelpiece is easy to whip up in no time – and even at no added expense. A quick raid of your Christmas storage bins and brief step outside to snip and gather a few branches and bits will have you halfway to done! Don't be afraid to mix nature and sparkle! They can play off each other beautifully….as evidenced by generations of decorated Christmas trees.

From your Christmas décor

Grab candles, sparkly glass ornaments or themed tchotchkes such as Santa, snowman or nutcracker figurines. A few lengths of garland or shiny ribbon might come in handy. You may also want to pull festive trays or table runners to use as a foundation for your creation.


Harvest some bare or needled branches, or leafy evergreens with berries such as holly. Long lengths or small sections can be used as your arrangement's base or to accent a different base. If you'd like even more natural touches, grab cones, acorns and other bits along with your branches.

Back at the table, or mantel, place your base

Be it a gilded platter, holiday fabric, an evergreen bough or birch branch - then start placing and rearranging plant and non-plant additions atop and around it to get the look and level of fullness you desire. Keep it minimalist or create an over the top extravaganza – whatever suits your style! As a final touch, candles or mini-lights can be tucked into most any combination for a glowing finish.

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Dawn Sherwood
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Dawn Ochsner is a landscape designer and garden writer.

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  • Branches
  • Berries, cones, nuts, acorns
  • Candles, miniature lights
  • Ornaments, ribbon or garland
  • Silver, gold or ceramic tchotchkes
  • Table runners or fabric scraps
  • Trays, baskets, decorative bowls