Today I want to share a simple but striking festive arrangement using a foraged branch and paper decorations – ideal if you need a bit of last-minute Christmas inspiration, or you don’t have much spare time to spend decking the halls.
It was inspired by arrangements created by fellow bloggers Elisabeth Heier and Carla Sofie Molge, and it was incredibly easy to do – I just chopped a nicely shaped section of branch off a tree in the garden, placed it in a glass vase and added some decorations in blush-pink and grey (always one of my favourite colour combinations). I also stood a trio of paper trees on the surface beneath, tucking the hanging strings inside the folds to hide them from view.
The decorations I used actually came from Rose & Grey’s 2017 Christmas collection (you can see how I styled them then here), but they have similar ones this year, too. You can also find a wide selection of paper decorations at Amara and Mon Pote.
If you want to have a go at doing something similar, try to use a heavy-based vase so that it can support the branch; if you don’t have anything sturdy enough, you can always add some pebbles to weigh it down. And of course you don’t have to stick to paper decorations – just bear in mind that anything too heavy is likely to make everything topple over.
I’ve placed my arrangement on the console table in our hallway, as I wanted to create a festive atmosphere to greet guests when they arrive, but it would look fantastic on a mantlepiece or hearth, too. You could even use it as a centrepiece in the middle of your dining table, or have a larger floor-standing version in place of a traditional Christmas tree.
All photography by Abi Dare