How was your weekend? We finally made it into the mountains for some skiing and being active outside was just what the doctor ordered (actually the exact opposite, but I did it anyway). We took one day to enjoy the outdoors and the other day to work and be productive- my favorite kind of balanced weekend. I’m back at it this morning and I have a fun & simple post to share with you. I’ve been pulling together this same pine needle arrangement for the past 5-6 years and it’s truly the easiest impressive centerpiece to style for the holiday season and winter months. The same concept can be applied to any branch, spray, or pick… for any season really. Click through for my process!
The above image is the first time I shared this specific centerpiece here on the blog… it was in our previous home. We didn’t have room for a tree, but I wanted to incorporate simple and elegant decor that would last all winter long. I loved it so much, I’ve been replicating the look ever since!
I’ll begin by saying- no faux greenery, florals, sprays, picks, branches, or garland looks nice straight from the box. They all require fluffing and manipulation to achieve a realistic look. Gather up your supplies and worry about styling & bending them as you go…
You’ll start by making a tape grid on the top of your vessel. It’s as easy as it looks… make 2-3 vertical lines with the tape, then repeat with 2-3 horizontal lines. This budget florist hack is one that makes creating professional-looking arrangements so much easier.
Now you can grab your first branch and fluff! I try to bend the branches as you’d find them in nature… not to perfect, and with gravity in mind. They should look organic and a little wild for a realistic effect.
Keep adding more branches until you’ve reached your desired result (I used four)– bending and fluffing as you go. Once they’re all set in the tape grid, you can further manipulate the wispy pine branches.
Here’s my finished centerpiece and end result (below)… perfectly imperfect! I love that these picks have real pinecones attached. I think that adds to the realism of this arrangement, while adding texture & warmth. The pinecones can also be bent as you’d like. I try to keep them pretty centric for a balanced look.
This oversized wispy arrangement can be styled anywhere… it’s a versatile one with plenty of texture and color for the holiday season or winter months ahead. I tried it in my kitchen first…
Then I moved it to our living room… it actually started on the coffee table, but a certain long dog tail knocked it, so I had to move it to a taller side table. Ha! Eventually, I landed on keeping it in my office between my windows (shown in the intro photo of this post). My point being- it looks good anywhere and that soft texture is my favorite!
I hope this post inspires you to create something fun this holiday season! I love floral arranging and these types of centerpieces act as sculptural art… I think they look even more impressive this time of year. Use them on a table, kitchen counter, console, entry table, credenza, or desk for an elevated winter look. Every year this centerpiece receives a lot of positive feedback and praise from holiday house guests! The matching garland is sold out in my shop, but we still have plenty of picks ready to quick ship, if you want to give it a try. Here’s to another fun and festive week ahead! I can’t believe we’re already into December…