DIY Table Runner Using Eucalyptus Leaves

DIY how to make a eucalyptus runner
credit: Caroline Burke
DIY eucalyptus runner
credit: Caroline Burke

While we certainly enjoy a good floral centerpiece here at Hunker, there's something about a table runner made of fresh greenery that lends itself perfectly to a variety of holidays and celebrations. Whether it's a summer wedding or a Thanksgiving dinner, why not whip up a fragrant eucalyptus table runner? With just a few simple techniques you can make a gorgeous design for your table that is total Pinterest goals.

Things You'll Need

  • Fresh eucalyptus, approximately 30 stems

  • Floral wire

  • Scissors

Step 1

Gather a bunch of eucalyptus (approximately 5 or 6 stems depending on the size) and secure the stems together with floral wire.

DIY eucalyptus runner
credit: Caroline Burke

Step 2

Continue until you've made 4 to 5 bunches.

DIY eucalyptus runner
credit: Caroline Burke

Step 3

Layer the bunches together in a row by securing one bunch to the next with floral wire.

DIY eucalyptus runner
credit: Caroline Burke

Step 4

Lay the eucalyptus runner along the center of your dining table to finish.

DIY eucalyptus runner
credit: Caroline Burke

Step 5

Tip: Keep the leaves of each bunch pointing in the same direction to keep the runner neat and create the illusion of length.

One of our favorite ways to style this runner includes this chic Scandinavian-inspired candle arrangement. Tall candlesticks work well among the greenery to create depth and intimacy around the table. You could even scatter smaller votives on the table as well. Add texture with natural linen table coverings and napkins in muted colors.

DIY eucalyptus runner
credit: Caroline Burke

GET THE LOOK: Candlesticks | Linen tablecloth (similar) | Linen napkins (similar) | Dinnerware (similar) | Flatware (similar)

Another swanky way to style this runner is to adorn it with fresh fruit. Select jewel-toned fruits like pomegranates, nectarines, apples, and grapes — these colors look gorgeous against the silver-blue eucalyptus leaves. Place them along the runner, alternating the fruits so it's not too symmetrical; you're aiming for a sumptuous but natural arrangement here. We've used simple block candles at varying heights along the table to cast a warm romantic glow around the table.

DIY eucalyptus runner
credit: Caroline Burke
DIY eucalyptus table runner
credit: Caroline Burke
DIY eucalyptus table runner
credit: Caroline Burke

A centerpiece that's good enough to eat ... literally!


Caroline Burke

Caroline Burke

Content creator and brand new mum, Caroline studied fine art before launching her blog burkatron which has been an outlet for her love of DIY and desi... more