A Wintry Centerpiece That Takes 5 Minutes to Make

January 12, 2016

Even in the bitter cold or after a powdery snow, a quick walk in the woods or down your street is restorative. There is the still air of winter and dried plants in curling displays; and you can forage enough natural supplies to make a centerpiece or decorative bundle like this one. Forage any interesting natural shape you see, hurry back inside, pour tea, and get to work.

What you'll need:

  • Foraged dried plant material
  • 22 gauge wire
  • Ribbon or leather to tie

Forage for a medley of shapes—cones on branches, feathery sprays of pods, and dry leaves—then set them out to dry if they're damp from the weather.

Here, I collected an arching pine branch with the cones already attached. Using the pine branch as a base, I then wired a few bundles of other foraged textures to that branch, which acted as the backbone of the piece.

A few twists of wire will do the trick—and don't worry about seeing it, as you'll cover it up later.

Add the other branches by securing them in the same spot. I chose for all the tops to splay in a single direction.

To hide the wire, I used a simple piece of leather. Ribbon or rope would also look lovely.

The whole craft is customizable to what you find, takes about 5 minutes to make, and will last on your table or the bookshelf throughout the whole winter.

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Mandy O'Shea

Written by: Mandy O'Shea