Note: I get lots of questions about how to keep the twigs from floating in these clear vases. The key is to choose little “branches” instead of individual sticks. If the branches are just a bit wider than the vase they should stay put nicely.
Recently I’ve made a habit of going out to the yard and finding things to drag back inside and – because of that – I’ve started to keep a pair of gardening clippers in one of the drawers in my kitchen.
What I do is really more foraging than gardening, but foraging clippers just doesn’t have quite the ring to it, so gardening clippers it is.
Last fall I was amazed at the number of things I found in the yard to put in a fall floral arrangement.
And at Christmas I made good use of a boxwood we have growing along our tree line to dress up some ornaments on a plate…
Last weekend found me back out in the yard – in freezing temps no less – all to clip some bare branches from a bush.
It sounds like I’ve lost my mind and maybe I have. The neighbor’s dog certainly thought so as he stood barking at me from his yard.
But I was having some of Grant’s friends and their moms over after our last ever Mother-Son Dance at the high school, and I wanted to put together a super simple centerpiece for the dining room table where the moms gathered to drink wine and talk about how much our boys drive us crazy and how much we’re going to miss them when they’re gone, because isn’t that what moms do? (The boys were out in the family room watching football by the way; no centerpiece required for that.)
I did this same centerpiece – which I saw on Pinterest – for my book club last year and it looked like this.
The twigs I clipped this year were thorny, which I thought ended up looking more interesting.
And since I could also only find two of the the three vases, I put them on either side of the boxwood/white ornament centerpiece from above.
Because – don’t judge! – as of last Saturday, the house was still decorated for Christmas.
It’s all down now, except I left the boxwood and white ornaments on the table, because they seem kind of winter-y to me and the house just looks so bare after Christmas.
And that’s one reason I like leaving these little floating candles and twigs out in the winter too. They’re pretty, but bare – just the way winter can be – and, unlike flowers, they’ll last a long time.
I use vases like these for this centerpiece (and for a lot of other stuff too). The floating candles are these. (Those are my Amazon affiliate links, by the way, which means if you happen to click on them and order something from Amazon, I earn a small commission at no cost to you.)
I hope that you’re warm, wherever you are.