Deck the halls with boughs of holly, tree trimmings, floral blooms, pine cones, or even fresh fruit. You never know when or where creative inspiration will strike, but the good news is that when it does, you can design an elegant floral masterpiece using many items that you have lying around the house, or your backyard. Here are 13 truly inspired Christmas floral arrangements that will turn your humble abode into a merry and bright, not to mention sweet smelling, Christmas cottage for you and your guests to enjoy.
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1. Less is more.
Who said you need a larger than life floral arrangement to make your holiday dinner shine? Sometimes less is more, and in this case we wholeheartedly agree. Snip a few branches off of your Christmas tree and fill your favorite vases with some water, and voila! You have minimal yet festive floral decor that not only looks stunning but smells amazing.
2. Make your bouquet a little sweeter by adding some fruit.
This semi-edible Christmas flower arrangement is one of our favorites. The creative addition of fresh red grapes to this eye catching bouquet makes for an exceptionally beautiful centerpiece. Not to mention, the best part is that when the evening is winding down and you crave something sweet, you don't have to look any further than your own dining table blooms for a delicious nibble or two.
3. Forget the vase, and opt for a wreath instead.
Hang it on the wall, rest it on the fireplace mantel, or hang it on a door — there's no denying it, a wreath offers you more options than the standard floral arrangement in a vase. Try this festive DIY project by Avenue Lifestyle to make a wreath-inspired Christmas star that is sure to light up any room.
4. Draw inspiration from your surroundings.
White tree peonies, oak tree leaves, and crab apples, oh my! Florist Sarah Winward knows a thing or two about pulling together a striking floral bouquet, and this vase full of flowers is no exception. Drawing inspiration from the outdoors, she arranged this lovely sight to behold, and we just can't stop daydreaming about making it a part of our merry Christmas tablescape.
5. Let your floral arrangement work double duty.
'Tis the season for gifts that keep on giving. Pick up a few hyacinth bulbs and gently wrap the bulb portion with newspaper. Then secure the newspaper with a delicate ribbon or string. These minimally designed floral embellishments will look great on your holiday dinner table, and at the end of the night you can send one home with each of your guests as a sweet smelling Christmas treat.
6. Pomegranates make great fillers.
This jaw-dropping, fall-inspired floral creation is packed with holiday cheer, and even a few pomegranates. Designed for 100 Layer Cake, Heather from Twig and Twine surely gave every guest something to talk about at this festive bash. Combining a rich burgundy and red color palette with delicious fruit is a dynamic pairing that demands to be the center of attention.
7. Trade-in flowery blooms for pine cones and dandelions.
Who said you need fancy flowers to deck out your charming little farmhouse? This holiday season grab a few Christmas tree trimmings, a handful of pine cones, and a dandelion or two to recreate this beautiful rustic arrangement.
8. Don't be afraid to take a walk on the wild side.
We just love this wild, jewel-toned arrangement designed by McKenzie Powell for Coco Kelley. This floral bouquet's wild disposition, made up of bucolic flowers and berries, was inspired by their office's rich velvet burgundy office chairs and Bernardaud china. It brings the beauty of the great outdoors right to the dinner table without having to take a single step outside.
9. It's never too late for a little winter romance.
This romantic winter scene is giving us all the feels. Straight out of a fairy tale, this idyllic arrangement is full of blush florals, wild berries, anemone blooms, and lush greenery that come together in one unforgettably fanciful bouquet perfect for your Christmas tablescape.
10. Ring in the holidays with hanging floral lanterns.
Have you ever wanted a floral chandelier? Well here's your chance, sort of. Drape dreamy, red and pink roses over candle lanterns and suspend them from tree branches for a whimsical night of magic — a celebration worthy of the holiday season.
11. Keep it simple and sweet with eucalyptus.
12. Good golly Miss Holly!
13. Get in touch with your creative side.
Can you believe that with a little time and creative determination you can make this stunner?Samantha from Bricolage Floral Studio shared this magnificent DIY wreath with Camille Styles. In just six simple steps you too can create this gorgeous winterberry goodness to adorn your front door, just in time for Christmas.
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Ariane Moore is Los Angeles-based writer and editor who covers architecture, design, home decor, and trends for Hunker. She has a B.S. in Interior Architecture and Design and previously worked as an interior designer at award-winning firms in both Las Vegas and Los Angeles.