To create this natural holiday table decoration, we called upon the talent of floral designer Valérie Visse, who specializes in working with raw materials to show the glory of their simplicity. “The trick is to recycle what you find in nature, what you can gather in the woods, to compliment the flowers. I also like to use cinnamon sticks and star anise, whose scents, for me, are very much associated with Christmas. That’s all it takes,” she insists. She makes it sound so simple! Here, the pro explains all her little techniques and tricks.
The first step is to find a beautiful fallen tree branch and clean it. Then, armed with a hot glue gun, decorate it by gluing mast (acorns, beechnuts, etc.) or pieces of bark to it. Allow the glue to make little transparent strands resembling icicles. Lightly spray the branch with artificial snow, and place pretty white Christmas baubles in the natural cavities in the wood. Finally, use seasonal flowers like ranunculus, roses, or “boules de safari” (an exotic branch) and arrange them on the centerpiece. Decorate underneath with moss, as if it were a table runner.
Use a piece of virgin vine sprayed with bronze-colored paint. Arrange pinecones next to the napkins to display name cards for your guests (they can also be useful for hiding chocolates!)
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Decorate pieces of bark with small acorns and nuts.
Valérie Visse Free-lance Florist and Floral Designer
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