This Year, Make a Garland of Flowers to Spill Across Your Table

December 20, 2016

A natural foliage garland can be a great alternative to a more structured centerpiece for Christmas dining. While some arrangements can interfere when having a conversation across the table, a garland won't!

Photo by India Hobson

For this arrangement we have payed close attention to color, matching foliage, fruits, flowers, and even candles. Sticking to a strong tonal theme throughout the table garland really helps create the drama and the feel of feasting opulence.

What you'll need:

  • Rope
  • Reel of floral wire
  • Foliage (here I've used spruce, eucalyptus, mimosa, Heather, twigs, Pieris)
  • Fruit (pears and grapes)
  • Flowers (hellebores and ranunculus)

How to make it:

Photo by India Hobson

Step 1.

Take a piece of rope slightly longer than the length of your table; this will allow the garland to naturally cascade over each end. Tie the wire to the rope a few inches from one end and leave attached.

Step 2.

Use sprigs of the different foliages to create a small bunch. Place down so that the top of the bunch is flush with the end of the rope. Secure the stems of your bunch by wrapping the wire around a few times.

Keep the wire attached to the spool, so you don't run out. Photo by India Hobson

Step 3.

Repeat step 2 all the way along the table, layering the bunches slightly so that there are no gaps.

At this point, change directions (so both ends have flowers at them, not stems). Photo by India Hobson

Step 4.

Just before you reach the end change the direction of the bunches of foliage so that the last two or three cover the finishing end of the rope and no stems can be seen.

Photo by India Hobson

Step 5.

Place your garland in situ on the table. Drape grapes around the sides and any other chosen fruit. Some larger fruits may need a small stick to help secure them into the foliage. With the pears I simply poked one end into the fruit and then the other into the garland.

Step 6.

Flowers can either be dotted around the garland in small bud vases or individual stems can be placed into test tubes which will be concealed when amongst the foliage.

A glass test tube, concealed amongst the foliage. Photo by India Hobson


  • Use scented foliages such as eucalyptus, spruce and herbs for an instant winter scent .
  • When your garland isn't being used on the table, it can be reused without the fruits on fireplaces or draped over a favorite corner in your house.

Anna Potter is the founder of Swallows & Damsons, a floral studio in Sheffield, England.

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myartofbeinghere March 18, 2017
What is the paint in the background of these shots? I love it.
Anna P. March 21, 2017
Hello :) the paint is Studio Green by Farrow & Ball, it's such a beautiful deep green.
Chelsea December 20, 2016
This is absolutely gorgeous!