You can use fresh herbs for more than just cooking. Fresh herbs are a wonderful, natural crafting medium that can be used to make flower arrangements, wreaths, garlands and table centerpieces for Christmas and other occasions. They also look lovely with wedding flowers and in rustic decor. Learn how to make a fresh herb centerpiece for the holidays or for any occasion with the herbs growing in your garden.
How to Make an Herb Centerpiece
Herb centerpieces can take several forms, but an easy form is garland. You can customize the length and thinness of the garland to fit your dining table, mantel or console.
Tools and Materials:
Steps to Make an Herb Centerpiece
Step 1: make a loop
- Tie a loop at one end of a spool of garden twine.
- Do not cut the twine; leave the loop attached to the spool.
Step 2: make a bundle
- Make a bundle of herbs. Keep the length the same and make the bundle thick.
- The herbs will dry or wilt once cut. Keeping the bundles thick will help keep the garland looking full and lush even if some of the leaves wilt.
Step 3: Attach the bundle
- Lay the bundle of herbs about an inch down from the loop on the twine.
- Hold the bundle and twine in one hand, then secure in place with the paddle wire.
- Wrap the wire around the base of the herb bundle several times. Do not cut the wire.
- Make another bundle of herbs and place it at the base of the previous herb bundle, but slightly off to one side of the bundle.
- Secure it in place with the paddle wire.
Step 4: Keep adding bundles
- Add the next bundle of herbs at the base of the previous bundle, but to the opposite side, and secure it in place with the paddle wire.
- Continue in this manner until you reach the desired length.
Step 5: Finishing
- When you reach your desired length, cut the wire.
- Wrap any excess wire around the base of the last herb bundle.
- Cut the twine about 6 inches longer than the length of the garland.
- Tie the excess twine into a loop.
Step 6: Display
Decorate your herb garland by tucking in pinecones, ornaments, fresh flowers, candles, or seasonal decor once on the table.
How to Store Fresh Herb Centerpieces
Herb centerpieces look best when used within a few hours of making them. However, if you need to make one the day before, you can store the herbal arrangement in a cooler with an ice pack or in the refrigerator. Because they are cut, they will lose water rapidly and dry out. Be sure to wrap the herb centerpiece loosely in plastic before you pop it in a cooler with ice.