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Hi, I'm Jennifer, owner and lead designer at Petals a floral design firm in Boulder, Colorado.  Along with my husband and two children, I  grow my own organic blooms using the greenest and most sustainable processes available.  

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How to Make A Christmas Centerpiece

Updated: Mar 9, 2022

One of our most popular designs this time of year is our “Noel.” Noel features a wreath-like ring of flowers and Christmas baubles encircling a sparkly red candle. Here we will show you exactly how we craft this traditional design with step by step photos!


Step One - Collect your dry materials

For this design we use:

1 an oasis floral ring (available at amazon$

gold jingle bells

gold floral picks (similar at michales)

wired pinecones

floral wire

1 large pillar candle

floral pruners

wire cutters

bonsai scissors


Step Two - Collect your greenery

High-end floral designs like those we produce at Petals will feature a unique collection of greenery that offers color depth and interesting texture. For a traditional look we use 3 types of evergreen, with flat branching cedar (top) the most important. You can also use eucalyptus, ruscus or any other type of foliage in your base.

Pro Tip: flip the cedar every other piece as one side is deep emerald green while the other a vibrant green.


Step 4 - Collect your florals

Because this is a traditional holiday design we stuck to red, white, and green florals with a preference for hardier flowers.

  1. red roses

  2. green jumbo mum (football or spider)

  3. green hypercarium berries

  4. white veronica

  5. white daisies (lisyanthus work well too)


Step 5 - Build your green skirt

Start with a base layer of the broadest and flattest greenery (fern or cedar) then work up layering your cuttings with the airiest lying on top.


Step 6 - Add your flowers

Work with odd numbers and try to alternate your colors, nestle textural elements like the Veronica and berries under larger, upward facing blooms like the roses.


Step 7 - Add the baubles!

You are almost done! This is a good time to place the candle so you have a feel for the scope and color distribution of your design. Use complimentary baubles to elevate the centerpiece and fill any gaps. Use floral wire to insert the baubles into your centerpiece.


You are done!

Sit back and enjoy your design or share it with loved ones. If you loved this design but don’t have to the time or the tools on hand to make your own, we’ve got you covered. You can order a “Noel” in our online shop or schedule a workshop with us to make one yourself; you bring a group of at least 3 people and we handle every else!

Happy Holidays!


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