Guest Author - Connie Krochmal
Fill your home with holiday cheer by creating decorations featuring fruits of various sorts.
Letís start with the pineapple, which has long been regarded as a symbol of hospitality in the New World. This can be used as the basis for creating a lovely centerpiece.
Fruits of various kinds are very suitable for wreaths. A simple way to accomplish this is to buy ready-made wreaths of mixed evergreens and add your own fruits. Traditionally, red apples are used. However, green ones also look very nice. Citrus is also an excellent choice for this.
For wreaths, I prefer a minimal approach. About six or so apples or other medium to large-sized fruits are enough for ordinary-sized wreaths. As a colorful accent, I like to add a multi-colored bow, and stretch extra strands of ribbon from one fruit to another.
You can make other kinds of wreaths from fruits as well. Start with a basic grapevine wreath. Then, attach some clusters of evergreen berries, citrus, apples, or pears onto the wreath. For this, I like to use glittery ribbons and bows.
Individual fruits can be used other ways, such as on mantles and as centerpieces and table decorations. Group them in pleasing combinations. Normally, it is best to use two or three together rather than scattering them around helter skelter. Choose fruits that will match other colors in the holiday decorating scheme.
If you have sturdy indoor trees or tall, bushy houseplants, you can even wire citrus and other fruits to the branches. Just be sure that the plant you choose is strong enough to support the weight of the fruits that you choose.
The simplest approach works very well when it comes to displaying fruits. Start with a large, clear glass vase. Fill it with an assortment of fruits. It is best to use a combination of ones in different colors and shapes, such as limes, oranges, and pomegranates. As a final step, place some holiday greens on top of the fruits.
It is very easy to create your own kissing ball with berries and small fruits. Just buy the round form from a craft store. Then cover it with fruits and greens to conceal the foam. Large rosehips are just perfect for this.
When pillar candles are used on dining tables, these can be accented very easily by placing small fruits and berries around the base of the candleholder. Examples would include cranberries, rose hips, and kumquats.
As a safety precaution, one should never leave burning candles uncovered. The glass covers come in most every size, and help prevent house fires. Candles are now one of the leading causes of fires, particularly during the holiday period.
Various kinds of berried branches are used for holiday decorations. The winterberry (actually a kind of deciduous holly) is often used. Winterberry stems are covered with clusters of round, bright red berries. White and blue-fruited evergreen branches are often used for Christmas greens as well. An example would be junipers.