Natural Christmas candle ring make

Making a Christmas candle ring using fresh foliage

Christmas candle ring cinnamon sticks orange slices wreath
This pretty table centre was made using a 20cm coir wreath base. Similar larger wreaths could be made for hanging on a front door.
I cut the fresh laurel from my garden, which will last at least 2-3 days in a warm house without water (it would last much longer if used outside as a door wreath). For a dried arrangement with a longer shelf life, try gluing on dried bay leaves instead.
[Never leave a burning candle unattended, and make sure that none of the decoration is close enough to singe.]
Christmas candle ring making cinnamon sticks orange slices

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Pin the ribbon in place at one end then wrap round evenly to completely cover the base, and pin again at the end. I have chosen an orange ribbon to co-ordinate with the dried oranges.

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Take about 6 laurel stems, each about 6″ (15cm) long and tie in place using fishing wire. Arrange them to evenly cover the ribbon.

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To attach the whole dried oranges, poke a hole carefully with a metal skewer, and tie in place with florists wire.

Pic 4.
Make the cinnamon bundles in situ by tying a length of raffia around the wreath, then adding five short cinnamon sticks (these are 15cm sticks broken in half), before tying in place with a bow.

Pic 5.
Make the dried orange slice stacks by tying the raffia around the wreath, then pushing through two holes made in two slices before tying with a bow.

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