I’ve always loved Christmas table decorations from Scandi inspired tables laid with foliage and candles to fabulous centrepieces made from baubles and wreaths. The thing is, we always like to lay out the Christmas dinner on the table for everyone to help themselves and I found that with huge centrepieces taking up all the space there wasn’t much room left to plonk the turkey.
A previous attempt at Christmas table decorations I liked it but no room left for the turkey and spuds!
With Instagram consistently providing amazing inspiration, every year more people are going all out with their decorations and I’d started to see the emergence of hanging wreaths and candles over the table. Aha! I thought, this is the answer to my Christmas dinner dilemma so I started looking for flower shops and garden centres that sold faux and real foliage to make my hanging table decoration.
Whilst I was researching, I looked out of my window and realised I had an abundance of fir trees and a huge eucalyptus tree in my actual garden! So, armed with a pair of shears, a ladder and a warm rain coat, I trudged out into my garden and began trimming and managed to get a decent amount of fir branches and eucalyptus leaves to create my decoration.
The tall eucalyptus tree at the back of our garden
Fir branches and eucalyptus
What I needed to create the Decorations
First of all, I cut down a large branch with foliage and attached this to my lights that hang over the table with string. We are lucky that we already have these lights suspended over the table, but you can purchase screw hooks to hang the branch from. The best thing to do is to get your branch and foliage ready first and weigh it so you know what size and style of screw hook you will need to take the weight. Then you can either hang it with string or wire.
A large branch I cut off from one of our trees.
Then, climbing onto my table armed with some wire cutters, string, green tape and the foliage, I started from one end of the branch attaching the fir branches to it with string until the whole branch was covered. I then stepped off the table to make sure the fir was evenly spread before I climbed back on again and began hanging the eucalyptus. I made sure the eucalyptus covered the string that was holding up the fir branches and because there was already a lot of foliage on the branch, a lot of the eucalyptus could be attached without string or tape.
Tools for the job. Wire cutter, string and green tape A big busy bush of fir and eucalyptus
Once this was finished, I got down from the table again and made sure that it looked even with no spaces. Some of the eucalyptus and fir branches were too low so I either retied them higher up or cut off the ends. I still had a lot of foliage left but the hanging decoration was covered evenly and I didn’t want it to become to heavy for the lights.
Trimming me bush 🙂
Now for the fun bit! Once I was happy with how the foliage looked, I started decorating it. I didn’t want it to become too crowded with Christmas decorations as I wanted to keep the natural element to it. First of all, I attached some battery fairy lights and managed to secure the battery pack within the foliage so it was hidden.
Fairy lights twinkling
Finally, adding some Christmas sparkle to the foliage, I included flower decorations that I had bought for the Christmas tree from Christmas Time UK, some paper decorations from H & M Home and finally, some small gold baubles from Tesco.
Adding the flowers and baubles onto the foliage The beautiful floral decorations from ChristmasTimeUK Cream Paper baubles from HM Home
With all the wonderful decorations ready for Christmas, we started preparing for friends to come for an early Christmas Dinner and everybody agreed the table hanging decoration made a fantastic addition to our Christmas Décor, It felt like we were sat inside an actual grotto whilst eating our turkey!
Getting ready for our guests to arrive
Candles lit Here comes the turkey!
A full foliage feast
So easy to do, but this Christmas hanging table decoration really does make a difference to your Christmas dinner!