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Christmas flower arrangements – simple rustic DIY ideas to try

November 7, 2018

Christmas flower arrangements – simple and rustic DIY ideas to try from a few of our favourite UK growers and florists.

The Real Flower Company

Placing a floral wreath around a simple glass jar with a candle is a simple and effective way to dress your Christmas table. It’s pretty simple to make your own using a few fresh flowers and foraged greenery, but easiest of all is to buy one. I love these two from The Real Flower company (listed in the FBWL directory here) because they have a wilder, more natural feel than most.

love this greenery and pine cone nordic christmas flower arrangement from The Real Flower Company mixing pine cones, fir, eucalyptus, silvery leaves and twigs. Click through for more christmas flower arrangement DIY ideas you'll love to try for adding natural festive beauty this holiday season love this pretty christmas flower arrangement idea for a DIY centrepiece using pink roses, ivy, pine cones, pussy willow and foliage. Click through for more christmas flower arrangement DIY ideas you'll love to try for adding natural festive beauty this holiday season

I asked Rosebie, founder of The Real Flower Company, for one or two of her own particular favourites for decorating with flowers and foliage at this time of year:

‘Don’t start too early but do forage for things like Old Man’s Beard which if you spray with hairspray will keep. Gather rose hips while they are still plump in Autumn and put them in a solution of glycerine to preserve them. These can then be used at Christmas. 

A door wreath is imperative for welcoming anybody to the house – you can make your own inexpensively with greenery and berries from the garden and hedge rows. (For creative fresh wreath ideas, read our easy step by step blog post here)

Dog walk where there might be fir cones and fill your pockets. Pile them into a big hurricane lamp and place them on the table with a candle.

 Think ahead with Christmas bulbs in pots – if too late for this year, plan for next year and plant up containers with Christmas bulbs such as Amaryllis, Paperwhites and Hyacinths.

I like to use beautiful, understated low glass tubes down the table with trailing ivy, seed heads and holly berries, This way you can talk to the person across the table but still enjoy the festive decorations.

love this wintry white and pale pink christmas bouquet by The Real Flower Company in their lovely signature green hat box. Perfect for placing on your Christmas table as is. Click through for more christmas flower arrangement DIY ideas you'll love to try for adding natural festive beauty this holiday season

This hatbox arrangement from The Real Flower Company combines Old Man’s Beard with pale pink roses and wintry foliage. Just beautiful and actually it could be placed as is on your Christmas table because the box is so lovely.

You can’t go wrong if you keep it simple and I do love the combination of whites and fresh lime greens. Why not try painting a few twigs white and add in a simple string of battery operated lights to add a touch of wintry white twinkle?

love this simple fresh white and lime green christmas flower arrangement with roses, anemone, eucalyptus, olive leaves and foraged greenery. Perfect in a simple, rustic white vase with white painted twigs and a string of lights. Click through for more christmas flower arrangement DIY ideas you'll love to try for adding natural festive beauty this holiday season

I also love the simplicity of this eucalyptus, pine cone and twinkly lights garland arranged over a mantelpiece. The vintage metal dove sets it off perfectly. I’m thinking you could also try adding old mason jars in different sizes with simple white candles lit inside.

love this fresh christmas garland with eucalyptus pine cone and fairy lights on mantelpiece with vintage metal dove. Click through for more creative christmas flower arrangement DIY ideas to try in your own home this holiday period

Sometimes only deep red roses and red berries will do – love how these look arranged with green ivy, sage, fir and eucalyptus foliage.

love this dark red rose, red berry and fir greenery candle christmas flower arrangement table centrepiece by The Real Flower Company. Click through for more creative and beautiful DIY christmas table centrepiece ideas you'll love to try this holiday season

Philippa Craddock

The lovely Philippa (listed in the FBWL directory here) was chosen to create the flowers for the royal wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan for a good reason. She has a natural, light touch with flowers that I love and she is passionate about fresh, seasonal British flowers.

love this christmas flower arrangement by royal wedding florist Philippa Craddock including bright red anemones dark red roses and purple wax flower with fresh green foliage and asparagus fern. Click through for more DIY christmas flower centrepiece ideas you'll love to try this holiday season

Love the colours she has combined here in a Christmas bouquet -particularly the bright red anemone, deep red roses, purple wax flower, fresh green asparagus fern and foliage. Definitely a combination to try at home, adding in what you have to hand in the garden or can forage on walks.

love this christmas flower arrangement using dark red and purple roses with lime white hellebores and rustic wooden table and brass with candles. Click through for more DIY christmas flower centrepiece ideas you'll love to try this holiday seasonlove this christmas flower arrangement using dark red and purple roses with lime white hellebores and rustic wooden table and brass with candles. Click through for more DIY christmas flower centrepiece ideas you'll love to try this holiday season

What’s so lovely about this table setting is the abundance and colour contrast of rich berry shades with fresh white and lime green. I love the idea of simply placing sprigs of cut flowers on the place settings –  lime white Hellebores with deep purple blooms. Keeping the shape wild and free, with intermingled candles and brass goblets is really effective and works well with the rustic wooden table top.

love this rustic christmas flower arrangement table centrepiece by philippa craddock with evergreen foliage, peacock feathers, seed heads, silver ferns, black candles and rustic wood. Click through for more DIY christmas flower centrepiece ideas you'll love to try this holiday seasonlove this rustic christmas flower arrangement table centrepiece by philippa craddock with evergreen foliage, peacock feathers, seed heads, silver ferns, black candles and rustic wood. Click through for more DIY christmas flower centrepiece ideas you'll love to try this holiday season

And I am totally in love with this combination of evergreen foliage, seed heads, silver asparagus fern, black candles and peacock feathers. Love how it combines with rustic wood and distressed silver ware and twinkly candles. I’ve bought some dark candles and am on the hunt for a few peacock feathers to add in with foraged greenery and a few Christmas tree offcuts…

This arrangement that Philippa created for the V&A museum in London is slightly more formal with the addition of gold-rimmed wine glasses and more roses.

For farmhouse style with a cool, scandi feel, this combination of foliage, fir, silver sprayed asparagus fern and mini christmas trees is perfect. Foraged twigs and greenery could easily be incorporated with some bought foliage and potted trees.

love this rustic farmhouse scandi christmas garland and hall decoration by Philippa Craddock using fir, eucalyptus, mini christmas trees, twigs, silver and white asparagus fern and foraged foliage. Click through for more DIY christmas flower decoration ideas you'll love to try this holiday seasonlove these winter whites and blush pink dahlia faux flowers by philippa craddock. Perfect for creating long-lasting christmas flower arrangements. Click through for creative DIY christmas holiday flower ideas you'll love love these winter whites and blush pink dahlia faux flowers in small glass jar by philippa craddock. Perfect for creating long-lasting christmas flower arrangements. Click through for creative DIY christmas holiday flower ideas you'll love love these winter whites and blush pink dahlia faux flowers in large glass jar by philippa craddock. Perfect for creating long-lasting christmas flower arrangements. Click through for creative DIY christmas holiday flower ideas you'll love

I do love the scent of aromatic evergreens in the house at this time of year – along with roses, hyacinths and paperwhites. But, there’s a lot to be said for faux flowers that will keep a table or side table looking beautiful. Philippa sells a really lovely range of faux flowers including this winter whites and blush dahlia bunch. It would look beautiful arranged in a large stone urn and I’m thinking you could always supplement with some fresh ivy or foraged greenery and berries.

love this over the top almost gothic table decoration of roses and ivy with metal candlesticks and faded floral linens by Cabbages & Roses. Click through for more DIY christmas flower arrangement ideas you'll love to try this holiday season

Cabbages & Roses

There’s something so wonderfully over the top and gothic about this shot for the latest Cabbages & Roses (listed in the FBWL directory here) collection. I wouldn’t go this far, but there’s something lovely about the combination of old-fashioned cabbage roses and lots of loosely arranged swags of ivy isn’t there?

Catkin Flowers

love this simple white anemone with white broom and paperwhite narcissi christmas flower arrangement. Click through for more creative and beautiful DIY christmas table centrepiece ideas you'll love to try this holiday season

Lincolnshire-based Catkin Flowers (listed in the FBWL directory here) specialise in English grown flowers and grow their own in a walled cutting garden. What I love about this arrangement of paperwhite narcissi, panda anemone and white broom is the beautiful simplicity. I would probably add to simple glass jars and place a few along the table mixed with candles also in jars and foliage or ivy loosely arranged about and around.

Floribunda Rose

What I love about Sarah Diligent’s flowers at Floribunda Rose (listed in the FBWL directory here) is her natural, light touch and the fact that she uses only British sourced flowers.

love this white and blush pink christmas flower arrangement idea by Floribunda Rose including white ranunculus, panda anemone, blush roses, paperwhite narcissi, lime hellebores and pine cones. Click through for more creative and beautiful DIY christmas table centrepiece ideas you'll love to try this holiday season

This white and blush pink arrangement mixes lime white ranunculus and anemone with paperwhite narcissi, blush roses, fir and rosemary. Adding pine cones gives a lovely contrast.

love this simple rustic christmas flowers idea by Sarah Diligent combining simple milk bottles with foraged foliage, single blush roses, herbs and cross section slices of wood to contrast with the classic white linen table cloth. Click through for more DIY christmas flower centrepiece ideas you'll love to try this holiday season

Worm

Worm London are really creative florists with a cult following and it’s easy to see why. Their designs are different, slightly out there and totally wonderful. Love this riotous mixture – learn how to create something similar at one of their workshops. It would be great fun creating something similar with whatever flowers you had to hand. This works despite its casual feel because of the way the colours are grouped together.

for something completely different I love this christmas flower arrangement by Worm London - so creative and free. Click through for more creative DIY flower arrangement and table centrepiece ideas you'll love to try this holiday season

Pod & Pip

Dorset-based Pod & Pip (listed in the FBWL directory here) offers a range of creative flower workshops as well as beautiful, seasonal boxes of flowers and seasonal eucalyptus foliage sent by courier. Here’s a taste of the beautiful flower  selections put together by Sarah. I love this rustic combination of deep purple hellebores with blush roses and white wax flower with old galvanised zinc and simple glass jars.

love this combination of purple hellebores, blush roses and lime white wax flowers with vintage galvanised zink and simple glass jars at Pod & Pip christmas flowers workshop. Click through for creative DIY christmas flower arrangement and table centrepiece ideas you'll love to try this holiday season

INFORMATION


The Real Flower Company is listed in the From Britain with Love  directory here >>

Philippa Craddock is listed in the From Britain with Love  directory here >>

Floribunda Rose is listed in the From Britain with Love  directory here >>

Catkin Flowers is listed in the From Britain with Love  directory here >>

Pod & Pip is listed in the From Britain with Love  directory here >>

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love this rustic christmas flower arrangement table centrepiece by philippa craddock with evergreen foliage, peacock feathers, seed heads, silver ferns, black candles and rustic wood. Click through for more DIY christmas flower centrepiece ideas you'll love to try this holiday season

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