If you are hosting a dinner party this summer, you can really elevate your tabletop (and impress your guests with your green thumb) by DIY-ing a leafy table runner made from eucalyptus! It’s a great alternative to fresh blooms since greens are generally much cheaper and have a fragrant, clean scent that won’t overpower your meal.

You can add floral arrangements and candles of different heights around a eucalyptus table garland for a more engaging presentation or simply let the eucalyptus runner “speak for itself”. The eucalyptus runner can be as thick or thin as you need for your table; it is totally buildable. First things first: measure the length of your table. I love garlands that hang off the edges of a long table, but I’ve seen shorter ones that look just as nice; it is up to your vision and aesthetic.

What you’ll need:

Plant materials:

  • Seeded eucalyptus for the base of the garland
  • Blue gum eucalyptus
    • Bonus: Adding florals, succulents, and air plants to the garland

Tools:

  • Gardening shears
  • Floral wire (hint: it’s green)

This process is as simple as getting the eucalyptus and wrapping floral wire around it, but I found great detailed step-by-step instructions from Sammy Go of Bud Botanical Banditry, which you can find here.

For a more summer specific garland, I would replace Silver Bells eucalyptus pods and paper whites with blooms like ranunculus, succulents, and air plants. Symmetry is important for the end result, but don’t overthink it. Part of the charm of this particular centerpiece is how understated and natural it looks. Remember: you can always add/remove eucalyptus bunches!

Steps from Sammy Go of Bud Botanical Banditry

  1. Start with one large branch of seeded eucalyptus, and then add a few smaller branches to it, fanning them out to the sides. The width you make this beginning bunch will determine the final overall width of the garland.
  2. Secure each section with floral wire. Tie loosely so the leaves look natural and stay open.
  3. Continue to add more eucalyptus leaves below the starting point and secure them with floral wire.

Bonus: Add succulents, air plants, and blooms throughout the garland. If you want the blooms to last longer than the duration of your party, you can buy floral water tubes.

Stop adding material when you reach the halfway point of what you want the final length of the garland to be. For example, if you want it to be 4 feet long, stop when this first piece reaches about 2 feet long.

  1. Repeat the process to make the other half of the garland. By having two pieces rather than a single one, the ends will match and the piece will look more symmetrical.
  2. To connect the two halves, lay the two ends side by side and nestle them closely together so there are no gaps. Use the floral wire to tie them together. Then lay out the entire centerpiece and remove any excess foliage.

Note: Because eucalyptus is pretty hardy, the garland will last a week or possibly two. To preserve it as long as possible, keep it in a cool place out of direct sunlight.

Finishing Touches:

Once your eucalyptus runner is complete, there are several finishing touches you can add to your table’s cape. Placing white candles in glass holders in a weaving formation around the runner creates a very romantic and whimsical setting. You can also play with different size candles in glass holders to create more dimension and height to your setting.  If you want to add more texture to your table setting, a fabric runner underneath the eucalyptus will make it look more dynamic. I would stick to a simple muted color story (think: white dishes and linens with gold accents) for this tables cape and let the green leafy eucalyptus be the focal point.

Happy Hosting!

Xoxo,

Candy

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