Bring a little magic to your holiday table this year by turning some ordinary pots and greenery into a “Christmas tree” centerpiece sure to turn heads. Here’s how to do it:

Tree Centerpiece Step 1

Tree Centerpiece - Step 1

Choose at least three terra-cotta pots in graduated sizes, and line them with a watertight container. (I’ve chosen 4-, 6- and 8-inch pots for my design.) Cut floral foam to fit snuggly into each watertight container. (The foam should be level with the top of the pot.) Slowly add water to each foam piece until it’s completely saturated.

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Tree Centerpiece Step 2

Tree Centerpiece - Step 2

Using a hot glue gun, glue a colorful Christmas ribbon around the top of each pot. (Another option would be to paint the pots to match your décor.) Place a small piece of plastic on top of the foam in the two larger pots (plastic wrap works fine). This will prevent water from soaking into the pot that’s sitting on the foam. Stack the pots.

Photo Credit: David O. Pippin

Tree Centerpiece Step 3

Tree Centerpiece - Step 3

Add short pieces of evergreens that you’ve cut from your garden (or purchased at a florist/garden center). For this design, the foliage should have small leaves or needles. I’ve chosen American boxwood (Buxus sempervirens), but rosemary (Rosmarinus officinalis), Canadian hemlock (Tsuga canadensis) or arborvitae (Thuja) would all work well, too. You can also use several types of foliage to create interesting texture in your design, if you’d like.

Photo Credit: David O. Pippin

Tree Centerpiece Step 4

Tree Centerpiece - Step 4

Add more boxwood until each layer is full. For the top pot, I tapered the stems of foliage to make a point and create the illusion of a small Christmas tree.

Photo Credit: David O. Pippin

Tree Centerpiece Step 5

Tree Centerpiece - Step 5

Tuck in short pieces of baby’s breath (Gypsophila) to look like tiny flakes of snow in the tree.

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Tree Centerpiece Step 6

Tree Centerpiece - Step 6

Add some white spray roses to the design at varying points throughout the “tree.” (Miniature carnations would work well in this design as well.)

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Tree Centerpiece Step 7

Tree Centerpiece - Step 7

Finish off the design by adding some decorations. I’ve added small artificial apples to the tree and placed some larger ones at the base. Lady apples and kumquats are usually available at the grocery store between Thanksgiving and Christmas and would make a wonderful addition to the tree. To attach them, cut small wood skewers in half and insert into the base of the fruit to create a “stem” to insert into the floral foam. Small Christmas ornaments may be substituted for the fruit.

Photo Credit: David O. Pippin