Arrangement made with Pine, Pine Cones, Camellias, Privet Berry, and Jasmine Vine

Christmas Cuttings from my Yard

Christmas Cuttings from my Yard

What you need:

  • 5 Camellia blooms (cut 6-9 inches)
  • 3 Pine boughs (cut two 12 inches one 15")
  • 2 Jasmine Vines- cut 1)33 inches, 1) 11 inches
  • 6-8 Privet Berry stems (cut 7-9 inches) 
  •  3 Pine cones
  • 1 Magnolia tree cone
  • 2/3 wet pack floral foam (found here)
  • 4 pieces18 gauge floral wire
  • packet of floral food  (found here)
  • 1 silver tea pot 6 inches H, 4 inch opening

What you need for tiny tea pot (shown in later photos in this post):

  • 1 Camellia bud starting to open
  • 3 Pine boughs - cut 1) about 8 inches, 2) 5 inches
  • 3 Jasmine Vines- cut 1)14.5 inches, 2) 6.5 inches
  • 2 Privet Berry Vines (cut 5.5 inches)
  • 1/6 brick wet pack foam (found here)
  • packet of floral food  (found here)
  • 1 silver child's tea pot

Tools needed: 

  • sharp pruning shears (found here)
  • wire cutters
  • a produce knife

Steps: 8

Rated: Easy Arrangement

Camellias are so beautiful and last week in Southern California the Camellias came into bloom.  Yeah!  We have lots of camellias, but camellias don't look like much on the bush until they are cut and put into a bouquet, then their ruffly petals overwhelm every other flower, including the rose.   If you can find a place in your yard, I highly recommend planting several camellia bushes.  Ours bloom.  I have two types of red camellias blooming, and this gorgeous white camellia with yellow fringe that looks like silk tassels.  Jasmine Vine grows here all year, as well as Pine, and the Privet Berries are starting to turn dark blue.  So, it is the perfect time of year to take cuttings from the yard to make a Christmas arrangement.  It's great not having to buy flowers from the store.  I paired them with silver.  The teapot in this arrangement came from a thrift store and the tiny one that you will see in some of the photos is the one my children used for tea parties when they were little.  I have always kept it.

This arrangement is easy, so if you have you pruning shears, make your cuttings and let's begin.  This arrangement will get you in the mood for Christmas.

P.S.  Keep a pat of butter handy to get the pine gum off your fingers.  I learned that as a child, gathering pine nuts with my family.

Here are your cuttings, material and tools.

Here are your cuttings, material and tools.

And your camellias.

And your camellias.

Wash & leaves  Jasmine & Privet Berry leaves.

Wash & leaves  Jasmine & Privet Berry leaves.

Wash & dry Camellia leaves.  Don't get the blooms wet.

Wash & dry Camellia leaves.  Don't get the blooms wet.

Cut and shape 2/3 of floral brick with produce knife.

Cut and shape 2/3 of floral brick with produce knife.

Cut last 1/3 of brick in half and shape for tiny tea pot.

Cut last 1/3 of brick in half and shape for tiny tea pot.

Mix floral food in water.  Add to foam until it won't accept any more.

Mix floral food in water.  Add to foam until it won't accept any more.

Repeat for tiny tea pot.

Repeat for tiny tea pot.

Insert pine bowl with longest on right, 1 in back , 1 to the side.

Insert pine bowl with longest on right, 1 in back , 1 to the side.

Make a loop with end of Jasmine.  Tie 2 knots with raffia.  Trim close.

Make a loop with end of Jasmine.  Tie 2 knots with raffia.  Trim close.

Insert Jasmine at a 45% angle going out to the right.

Insert Jasmine at a 45% angle going out to the right.

Add 3 Camellias on a 45% angle with 1 above in front.

Add 3 Camellias on a 45% angle with 1 above in front.

Loop wire around the bottom of Cones.   Pulling to inside & twist.

Loop wire around the bottom of Cones.   Pulling to inside & twist.

Bend wire up 3 inches to hold the weight of the Pine Cone.

Bend wire up 3 inches to hold the weight of the Pine Cone.

Put 1 Cone on left on 45% angle, 1 on right, 1 Magnolia Pod.

Put 1 Cone on left on 45% angle, 1 on right, 1 Magnolia Pod.

Camellia blossoms have almost a dream like quality to them.

Camellia blossoms have almost a dream like quality to them.

Add 1 Cone and 1 Camellia to the back.

Add 1 Cone and 1 Camellia to the back.

And a close up.

And a close up.

For the tiny tea pot, insert Pine and Jasmin.

For the tiny tea pot, insert Pine and Jasmin.

Add Privet Berry &1 Camellia bud.

Add Privet Berry &1 Camellia bud.

Here is your tea pot and your tiny tea pot.

Here is your tea pot and your tiny tea pot.

Now you're  done.  Enjoy!

Now you're  done.  Enjoy!