The holidays are tailor made for dressing up your dinner table and the options for doing so are endless. I personally like incorporating seasonal items into my table centerpieces, like cranberries for instance. Cranberries are festive, versatile and when done up in the form of a wreath make a sensational centerpiece for Thanksgiving or Christmas. Some cranberry wreaths may even be made several days in advance and last up to a week, leaving you plenty of time for last minute shopping. They are also quick, easy and relatively inexpensive to make. Here is how to make your own.
Cranberry Wreath Centerpiece Materials List
To complete this project you will need to assemble together the following items;
3 packages of fresh, whole cranberries
1 large bottle clear, liquid floor wax
1 roll florist’s wire
1 roll ribbon in color of choice
1 roll green foil
Sprigs of cedar greenery
1 box straight pins, long
1 flat dinner platter, 15 inches in diameter
1 floral foam wreath base, 15 inches in diameter
Metal pie tin
1 tapered candle, white
1 hurricane shaped candle holder
Step 1: Prepare the Cranberries
Pour the clear, liquid floor wax into the pie tin and take out the cranberries. Wash and dry the cranberries thoroughly. Place the clean cranberries into the liquid floor wax. Make sure each cranberry is well coated with floor wax. Using the tweezers, remove each cranberry from the floor wax and place them onto a sheet of old newspaper to dry overnight. Be sure to lay down ample newspaper as the cranberries have a tendency to bleed onto and stain surfaces.
Step 2: Prepare the Wreath Base
Grab the wreath base and wrap it with the green foil. Next, take out your flat, dinner platter and wrap it with the green foil as well. Place the wreath base onto the foil wrapped platter. The foil will keep the cranberries from staining your platter and table cloth.
Step 3: Decorate the Wreath Base with Cranberries
Proceed by taking out the straight pins and wax covered cranberries. Stick a pin into each cranberry. Then take each cranberry stick pin and stick it into the wreath base. Position the cranberries as close together as possible so little, if any, foil shines through. Continue this task until the entire wreath base has been adorned with waxed cranberries.
Step 4: Decorate the Wreath Base with Cedar Greenery and Light
Now that the wreath base has been encased in waxed cranberries it is time to add a little cedar greenery to the mix. To accomplish this task take out your cedar greenery, florist’s wire and wire snips. Attach the cedar greenery to the cranberry coated wreath base with the florist’s wire. Cut off any excess wire using the wire snips and decorate the wreath with a ribbon and bow in the color of your choice. Place a hurricane shaped candle holder and tapered candle in the center of the wreath. Once all the flourishes of choice have been attached, the wreath is now ready for use.