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Ideas For The Christmas Dinner Table

Why not create some place cards for Christmas dinner? As well as an exercise in recycling, they also look great, and show that you gave some forethought as to who needs to sit near their children or who needs to sit at the end because they are left-handed.

Christmas Dinner Place Cards

Materials:

Old cards

Scissors

Directions:

Choose a portion of a card that reflects the likes or interests of your guest or just choose a picture that the guest will enjoy. Deciding where to cut is a bit tricky but try to figure which part of the picture will be at the top. Cut around it, leaving enough on the top to fold back to form the stand. Then cut the back to stand nicely on the table. (See photo No. 2.) It doesn’t take much to get the card to stand up as the card is heavy paper and quite sturdy. If you happen to cut too much, you may still salvage by gluing the picture to a folded piece of card.

Festive Centrepiece

Is your centrepiece getting a bit old looking? Why not create a new one?

Materials:

Small container of glitter

1/2 block of florist’s foam for dry arrangements

1 candle in a jar

Hot glue gun

Pine branches

Cedar branches

Branch clippers

3 branches of artificial glittery filler (leafy style)

Approximately 36 inches of wired ribbon

Heavy florist’s wire

1 larger Christmas ball – about 3 inches in diameter

1 large artificial poinsettia bloom

9 or 10 medium and small Christmas balls

Poultry skewer and lazy Susan (optional)

Directions:

Sparkling Christmas balls are easy to purchase but you may wish to make your own if you have some “tired” plain ones in your collection. Pour out a bit of glue, smear it onto the ball and liberally sprinkle glitter onto the ball, catching the excess glitter on a piece of paper. The excess may then be poured back into the container. Glitter may also be added to the rim of the candle jar. Let the glue dry.

Turn the half-block of florist foam so the candle jar will sit as high as possible. Then, hot glue the candle jar to the half-block of foam.

Choose four branches of pine. Cut each branch about nine inches long. Every cut should be at an angle so the branch will push easily into the foam. Pull the needles off the branch for about two inches. Then push each branch into the four sides of the foam. Choose four more branches, slightly shorter and repeat the process. Aim for symmetry. A lazy Susan on which to place the arrangement, will make it easier. If a branch seems too long, carefully cut off the tip of the branch. If one side looks too sparse, add another branch.

Next, clip cedar branches and add them, filling in the space to the top. A good arrangement should have all foam hidden. The cedar has softer stems so if the stem will not push into the foam, take a poultry skewer and poke a pilot hole for the stem.

Now add the filler of artificial glitter branches. Clip them to size and add one on each side and one on each corner. It can be a temptation to jump ahead and put in the larger items first, but it will be easier if you lay the groundwork properly.

Finally, attach heavy florist wire to the balls and to the ribbon that has been tied into a bow. The heavy florist wire will be pushed into the foam and will hold the items securely. If you do not have heavy florist wire, in a pinch, you could wire a piece of wooden skewer to the balls with a twist tie. You then have a florist’s pick to push into the foam.

Place the bow, large ball and the poinsettia around the candle jar, nestling these items into the greenery. Now, add the medium and smaller balls and perhaps a bit more filler until the arrangement looks full and balanced. Make sure there is decoration around the bottom which will be visible by diners around the table.

The pine and cedar will last easily for a week. – Blythe Kneeshaw farms near Carberry, Manitoba

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