I am not ready. At. All. Tomorrow is December 1–the day that I begin to panic because I haven’t done anything about Christmas yet. Nada. Zilch. Well, the tree IS up. But nothing else is ready. That’s why most of what I do for Christmas has to be easy. This project is just that.
I came up with this a few years ago when I priced artificial candle rings to spruce up the Christmas table. I figured I’d need about two bigger ones and 3 smaller for the tables that I set. JoAnn’s wanted $6 for a smaller ring. I don’t know about you people, but the Pink Toe family doesn’t spend about $30 on something like that. Although I do wish I were one of those people some days…
Soooo, home I went with no candle rings. I’d just stick some candles on the table and call it done. And then it was Christmas Eve and I couldn’t do it. The kids were in bed, the house was as set up as it would get at that time and I couldn’t just stick those candles on the table bare and go have a glass of wine in front of the fire. Nope. I went out in the cold to attack the holly bushes with a pair of scissors. And this is what I came up with:
Nice and simple. This is one of the smaller rings that fit on the narrow tables where people need room for their plates and glasses and a larger candle would take up too much room.
Here’s how it’s done:
I used a plate from my dishes set–the saucer for the tea/coffee cups. It is small and I already had it. The wire is cheap, thin wire that is really bendy. You don’t even need wire cutters for it. You might have to dig into the center of your holly to find sprigs that don’t have frost damaged tips on them. You aren’t limited to holly plants either–or mix and match. I think some juniper sprigs would look great in these. I might have to plant some variety next spring…You’ll need about 7 or 8 for an arrangement this size.
Cut a long length of wire–all the sprigs will be connected and you need enough to wrap each sprig. Begin with one sprig and wrap around it 2 or 3 times.
Continue to add sprigs until you have a nice, full arrangement. Attach the end to the first sprig’s stem. The wire is very flexible and will allow you to adjust each sprig until you are happy with it.
I make them on Christmas Eve and use them until right after the New Year (we have guests that night too). They’re about done by then. Nice thing about these is that there is nothing to store but the candle. I compost the holly sprigs, put the dish in the dishwasher, and stow the candle until the next year.
Super easy, super cheap!
Got a super easy, super cheap decorating idea? Link to it in the comments. I’d love some inspiration!