Eucalyptus leaves

How To Make A Cake Stand Decoration For Christmas

Use household items to easily make a lovely Christmas decoration

Eucalyptus leaves (pictured above)

Ordinary household items can be utilised at Christmas to make a lovely decorative focal point, in this video Nik shows how easy it is to make a table decoration out of a silver, three-tier cake stand. Wind a small battery operated set of LED lights around the cake stand and hide the battery pack underneath the bottom layer or else cover it with your decorations. On the bottom layer are placed a few sprays of frosted eucalyptus, some white silk roses on the middle tier and a few small white baubles on the top. If you wanted to keep it even simpler you could just stick to different complementary coloured baubles. There is no technical skill required for this decoration, no glue and no wiring stems together, everything is just placed on the cake stand.

 

 

You will need:

  • 3 tier cake stand
  • small set of white battery operated LED lights
  • 4 – 5 sprays frosted eucalyptus
  • 5 large white silk rose heads
  • small pack of iridescent white shatterproof baubles

Red or amber lights look particularly effective with a traditional palette of red, gold or copper. If you don’t have any decorations left over after doing the tree just take a walk in the countryside or wander round the garden for fresh evergreens and berries. You can also just use piles of cones, either plain or sprayed with gold or fake snow. Red lights look great used with the fresh berries. Some dried seed heads, such as teasels, eryngium or poppies also look fantastic sprayed with a metallic florists spray, as do the lovely heads of mop-head hydrangeas. In the video of how to make a centrepiece Nik uses the hydrangea heads just with a light touch of gold spray.

 

 

If you are prepared to forage for an hour or two and just spent a little time, you can have a lovely decorated home at Christmas for very little money.

Angela Slater
Daughter of a farmer and market gardener so have always had a connection with the outdoors, whether it was keeping animals or producing fruit, vegetables and cut flowers. Along with my work at Hayes Garden World I also have a smallholding, mainly breeding rare breed pigs. I gained an HND and BSc in Conservation and Environmental Land Management, as a result I am an ardent environmentalist and have a keen interest in environmentally friendly gardening. In my time at Hayes I worked for several years in the Outdoor Plant and Houseplant areas