Looking to give your home some holiday cheer with a colonial twist this year? Come along as we show you how to create beautiful 18th-century pieces using fresh greenery and vibrantly colored apples.
Santa may have his elves at the North Pole, but we have our amazing staff members handcrafting stunning decorations sure to catch your eye. We met with Amanda Doggett at our Colonial Nursery for a look at how to create three different pieces with varying levels of difficulty. She was gracious enough to give us a tutorial for each!
1. Apple Fan
Our apple fans are definitely a crowd-pleaser and lots of folks ask us how they can get their hands on one. You can purchase an already made apple fan at our Colonial Nursery or you can purchase the base on our website and create your own. If you live locally, the wooden forms are also available at the Colonial Nursery though supplies are very limited. Now, Amanda shows us how to make one in the video below.
2. Apple Candle
This one is the easiest of them all and a great way to get the kids involved! All you need is an apple, a candle cup with a spike (like these, a web search for ‘candle cups’ brings up lots of options), some greenery, and a candlestick. The items are all for sale in the Colonial Nursery. Simple, right? First, push the candle cup into the top of the apple. Take pieces of greenery and push the stems into the apple around the candle cup. Use any greenery you’d like. Amanda used boxwood and holly for ours. Then place the candle in the cup and it’s ready to light up your table! Check out a time lapse of Amanda creating one in the video below.
3. Candle Cascade
The final project is creating a candle cascade. The cascade will then be placed on a candlestick. What you’ll need are an OASIS O-DAPTER, an OASIS foam cylinder piece, a candle cup, greenery, wired straw flowers, dried fruit, wheat, and a candle. The items are all available at the Colonial Nursery as well.
First, you need to make sure your foam is wet. This will water all of the live elements you’re placing into the foam. Place the damp foam into the O-DAPTER, put the candle cup directly into the center of the foam, and push the stems of your greenery around the sides of the foam to create a wreath-like shape around the candle cup. Amanda used Fraser fir and boxwood for this piece. She’ll walk you through the rest of the steps in the video below. This demonstration is also still going on inside the nursery.
There you have it! Three beautiful Colonial Williamsburg pieces to decorate your home. As with the apple fan, both the apple candle and the candle cascade are also available for purchase at the Colonial Nursery.