Kerststukken – Christmas Arrangements

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In the Netherlands it is very popular to make ‘Kerstukken‘ (christmas arrangements using plants, flowers and other decorative items).

With so much inspiration all around I decided to have a go myself.

Image Of Christmas Centrepiece Plant Arangement

I used hyacinths to make this particular arrangement.  You can see how I did it in the tutorial below.


The materials needed to make a

‘Hyacinth Christmas Arrangement’


1   x   vase / container

1   x   pot of 3 hyacinth bulbs

1  x   small glass (that fits inside vase)

moss (I used real moss but fake is fine too)

powdered snow (optional)

 spray snow (optional)

pins (optional)

& any bits of Christmas bits and bobs you have lying around


Image of matterials needed to make a Christmas centrepiece

Instructions To Make

‘Hyacinth Christmas Arrangement’


1. Gather Your Materials

The materials shown above are just a guide but you can easily improvise and use just what you have one hand.

2. Place Glass Upside Down In Vase

This is just to raise the height of the bulbs and avoid having to use lots of filler inside the vase – you can use anything you have on hand for this.

3. Add Snow (or whatever you are using)

Add the snow up to the level of the top of the glass (well bottom actually if you want to be more precise)

4. Add Bulbs & Moss

Take the bulbs out of the pot and wrap the soil/root ball in moss (you can pin this to the root ball if you want but this is optional).  Then place the bulbs in the vase on top of the glass (if it is still to low you can put a bit more moss underneath to boost the height).  Now sprinkle extra snow around the outside of the root ball.

5. Add Extra Moss and Snow

Add an extra layer of moss on top around the edges of the vase (leave the tops of the bulbs exposed) and add more snow! (This is where I used a bit of spray snow instead of the powdered snow to stop it creating a snow storm every time the kids or the dog come running past).

6. Now Pretty It Up!

Now get all your Christmas bits and bobs out and have a play around until you come up with something you like.  Initially I threw everything I had at it and it ended up looked like the dogs dinner but once I scaled back and it started to look a bit more chic (think less is more!).

7. Drink Time

Time to grab a hot chocolate and sit back and admire your your handy work!
(at this point I try my hardest to ignore the mess I have just made)


Christmas Arrangement In Vase


And here is another one I made …


Modern Christmas Display of Christmas Tree Branches And Poinsettas


What plants / flowers do you like to use at Christmas?



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2 thoughts on “Kerststukken – Christmas Arrangements

  • December 11, 2015 at 11:45 pm

    I so struggle with this. I bought a cute container to fill but that is as far as I have gotten. I like the bulbs and pinecones added. I'll give it a try

  • December 12, 2015 at 11:25 am


    Thanks for stopping by…

    I think a cute container is the best place to start (I found that glass vase for €3 at the charity shop). I have now added an additional tutorial for the 'Hyacinth Bulb Arrangement' (you can find the link above) so you can see how I did it.

    I hope this helps, let me know how you get on …..

    Good luck!


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