Garden clippings make the perfect festive materials for a holiday flower arrangement both inside and out, particularly because you can get them for free from the garden! A variety of evergreen clippings from trees like cedar, laurel, and holly make for beautiful wreaths, outdoor planters, and indoor arrangements. After finishing my holiday wreath for this year I had plenty of beautiful clippings leftover to make flower arrangements for inside the house.
Disclosure: A big thank you to Budable for sponsoring this post and sending me some of the silicone vase arrangers to try out. The project ideas and opinions are my own.
You can easily make this festive holiday flower arrangement with clippings from the garden, cranberries, a Mason jar, and a silicone arranger.
- Vase or Mason jar
- Evergreen clippings
- Fresh or frozen cranberries
- Budables silicone arranger
- Flowers with long stems
- Succulent cuttings
- Floral wire
Start by filling a Mason jar with water and add in some evergreen clippings of your choice. I used cedar. Place some fresh or frozen cranberries into the water to transform the jar into a decorative vase.
Stretch the silicone Budable over the mouth of the mason jar. Make sure that the jar and the silicone are both very dry so that they stick. I found that if there was any moisture on the rim of the glass or on the silicone seal that the cap would start to come off the jar about halfway through my arrangement. It’s best to ensure it has a good strong seal the first time so you don’t have to start again.
- The rim of the vase and the Budable cap must be dry or it will not stick. Fill the vase with water, then wipe the rim of the vase with a towel before putting on the Budable.
- You can stretch the Budable a considerable amount but if you plan to use a wide-mouth vase, it’s easier if you pull and flex it a few times before you start. A Budable will fit a vase with an opening from two to six inches.
- Stretch the Budables so that the holes go up to the rim of the vase. This leaves plenty of length on the sides to grip.
- Start making your arrangement by choosing loose and floppy evergreens to go around the edges of the Mason jar. Add a second ring just inside the first of a different type of greenery with a different texture such as broad leaves, variegated colors, berries, or flowers.
- Next, add the decorative elements in the center. You can use garden or floral shop flowers, succulent cuttings attached to sticks, or other decorative elements on wire stakes.
- Make sure that all of the leaves are trimmed off of flower stems before adding them to the arrangement.
- Make a succulent flower by cutting off the top of an echeveria, crassula, or aeonium and adding floral wire as a stem. Choose a fairly thick wire that can hold the weight of the succulent leaves. Simply pierce the cut end of the succulent with the wire and it should hold it in place. When you are finished your arrangement you can replant the succulents and grow them again (see how here and here).
- Make pinecone flowers by wrapping some floral wire around the base of a pinecone and leaving the ends of the wire long. Twist the wires together to make a stake and add it into the arrangement.
Holiday Arrangement Care
Change the water in your arrangement every two to three days by simply pouring the water through the holes in the silicone lid. Refill the water through the same holes. The greenery will last quite a long time in this arrangement, so as the flowers begin to wilt, remove them and replace them with fresh ones.