Orange Tree Centerpieces from Biltmore House Breakfast Room
For the Home 12/12/12
Written By Holly Clark
These vibrant centerpieces bring a hint of traditional elegance and timeless style to your holiday table or buffet, just as they do for the Breakfast Room in Biltmore House.
Molly Hensley, Biltmore Floral Designer, gives us some of her insight:
We chose oranges to compliment and draw attention to the two Renoir paintings—Young Algerian Girl and Child with an Orange—that hang in the room.
To add a bit more texture and richness to the look, place the finished centerpiece on a decorative flat plate or a raised cake stand. We chose Cake Stands from Belk’s Biltmore for Your Home Collection to give our centerpieces an extra bit of height plus a hint of metallic silver detailing.
- Hot glue
- Wooden floral picks
- Small knife
- Artificial oranges (amount needed depends on size of centerpiece you want to create)
- Artificial leaves, orange blossoms
- Ribbon (optional)
Assembling the centerpiece
If using ribbon in your design, wrap the ribbon once around the orange and attach it with hot glue. Do this with all oranges you are using for the centerpieces. We used a bright citrus green ribbon for a seasonal pop of color against the oranges.
Lay out a first layer or base of oranges in a circular/wreath-type pattern on your work surface. Make a small hole on opposite sides of each orange, insert a wooden pick* in the hole, and use the pick to attach each orange to the next. For extra support, fill the hole with hot glue before inserting a pick. Work with care and protect your hands from hot glue!
*Note: depending on the size of your picks, you may need to cut them so all oranges rest flush against each other once picks are inserted.
Once the base is completely dry, begin building the rest of the centerpiece in a “pyramid” fashion. Using hot glue, affix the oranges on the top part of the base where the picked oranges attach. Continue building upward, gradually decreasing the amount of oranges you are using. This can be accomplished by affixing the oranges slightly to the back of the layer you are attaching it to (almost in a stair step manner).
When the desired height is reached, put the last orange on the very top with a bow attached. To fill in open spaces, glue an assortment of leaves or orange blossoms in the gap.
Make the look your own
Consider using limes rather than oranges, or rich, red apples to enhance your holiday décor.