Cedar bough centerpieces are inexpensive and easy to make.

How to Make a Cedar Bough Centerpiece

by Diann Cabler

A beautiful centerpiece adds elegance to your table. The smell of evergreen cedar boughs brings about warm memories of holidays past and helps create a festive atmosphere for your own children. With a few cedar boughs, some accessories and a little time, you can make a centerpiece that is inexpensive but looks like you paid a fortune for it. After you get your basic wreath made, the possibilities for decorating it are endless.

Cut a cedar bough into 4- to 5-inch lengths. Gather six-to-eight of the cedar branches together and secure the bottom with floral wire. Clip the wire close with wire cutters. Continue to make cedar bough bunches until you have enough to cover an 8-inch wire wreath form.

Wire the bough bunches to the wreath, alternating between the inside and outside of the frame. Continue until the wreath frame is completely covered with no bare spots showing.

Trim the boughs to a uniform shape with floral shears. Place the wreath on a glass plate with the middle opening centered on the plate. Secure a pillar candle in the center opening of the wreath or insert a taper candle inside a tall, clear glass vase or glass and place in the center of the wreath. The soft glow of candles enhances a cedar bough wreath. Place small pine cones, acorns or various nuts around the base of the candle or vase for a seasonal finish.

Items you will need

  • 8-inch wire wreath form
  • Floral wire
  • Wire cutters
  • Floral shears
  • Glass plate
  • Pillar candle
  • Small pine cones, acorns or assorted nuts
  • Clear cylinder vase (optional)
  • Taper candles (optional)
  • Glass Christmas ornaments (optional)


  • For a different look, place a clear cylinder vase in the center opening of the wreath and fill with brightly colored Christmas tree ornaments.


  • Never leave burning candles unattended.

About the Author

Based in Texas, Diann Cabler was co-owner of a home remodeling and construction company for 25 years. She is experienced in all areas of new home construction and remodeling. She is currently working on a non-fiction novel.

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