How to Make a Flower Arrangement Using an Ice Bucket + White Christmas Tablescape

Think outside the vase with a DIY flower arrangement using an ice bucket or wine chiller. You’ll also find White Christmas table inspiration with frosty winter details using rock salt, magnolia leaf place cards as well as flower longevity tips and additional floral inspiration.

DIY Flower Arrangement with deer wine chiller as vase for hydrangeas, tulips, pinecones and icy floral picks for Christmas or winter | ©homeiswheretheboatis.net #christmas #winter #flowerarrangement #centerpiece #deer #tablescape #diy

Merry Monday!

It’s one of my favorite days of the month, when I join my

Monday Morning Blooms’ friends to share some flower therapy!

You can find my flower friends’ links to their floral inspiration at the bottom of this post.

DIY Flower Arrangement with deer wine chiller as vase for hydrangeas, tulips, pinecones and icy floral picks for Christmas or winter | ©homeiswheretheboatis.net #christmas #winter #flowerarrangement #centerpiece #deer #tablescape #diy

Our common theme for our December edition of

 Monday Morning Blooms was ‘White Christmas’.

Stag / deer wine or champagne chiller used as vase for flower arrangement | ©homeiswheretheboatis.net #christmas #winter #flowerarrangement #centerpiece #deer #tablescape #diy

I spied this handsome stag / deer wine or champagne chiller at HomeGoods in October.

I like to think ‘outside the vase’ and thought it would also make a great container for

 a flower arrangement or evergreens for the holidays or winter!

Think outside the vase: DIY flower arrangement using a wine chiller or ice bucket | ©homeiswheretheboatis.net #christmas #winter #flowerarrangement #centerpiece #deer #tablescape #diy

For my floral material, I started with foraged greenery (Cryptomeria)

and some white hydrangeas and tulips from the grocery store.

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Think outside the vase: DIY flower arrangement using a wine chiller or ice bucket | ©homeiswheretheboatis.net #christmas #winter #flowerarrangement #centerpiece #deer #tablescape #diy

I used a favorite flower arranging tool, chicken wire,

for easy flower arranging to support the stems, which is reusable.

Stag wine chiller with greenery before adding flowers for flower arrangement table centerpiece | ©homeiswheretheboatis.net #christmas #winter #flowerarrangement #centerpiece #deer #tablescape #diy

I started with the greenery as a base for the arrangement.

I chose the Cryptomeria when I went to gather my greenery when I saw the mini cones

on it, to add some interest and texture to the arrangement.

DIY White Christmas Flower Arrangement with hydrangeas, tulips, pinecones and icy floral picks | ©homeiswheretheboatis.net #christmas #winter #flowerarrangement #centerpiece #deer #tablescape #diy

Next, I added the three large white hydrangeas (fluffy snowballs!) and sprinkled in some white tulips.

Tip: Always remove the outer leaf of tulips which are usually tattered and wilted.

Cut tulips will continue to grow in the vase, gaining an inch or more in height, so

 I cut them a little shorter with that in mind when adding them to an arrangement.

Vase life for cut tulips is 3-10 days, depending on variety, care and maturity.

DIY Flower Arrangement with deer wine chiller as vase for hydrangeas, tulips, pinecones and icy floral picks for Christmas or winter | ©homeiswheretheboatis.net #christmas #winter #flowerarrangement #centerpiece #deer #tablescape #diy

After the flowers were in place, I add some icy floral picks and some frosted pinecones

for a nod winter weather.

DIY Flower Arrangement using an deer wine chiller and White Christmas Tablescape | ©homeiswheretheboatis.net #christmas #winter #flowerarrangement #centerpiece #deer #tablescape #diy

My arrangement could serve as a centerpiece for either a ‘White Christmas’ or frosty winter table.

I moved my arrangement to a table by the tree to enjoy the twinkle of the Christmas lights.

White Christmas Tablescape with deer wine chiller flower arrangement and deer table runner | ©homeiswheretheboatis.net #christmas #winter #flowerarrangement #centerpiece #deer #tablescape #diy

A *deerly* loved table runner is layered over a fringed throw,

which serves as a tablecloth.

White Christmas Tablescape with greenery, rock salt, ice picks, frosty pinecones, and mercury glass votives and ornaments | ©homeiswheretheboatis.net #christmas #winter #flowerarrangement #centerpiece #deer #tablescape #diy

More foraged greenery provides a natural table runner,

topped with some rock salt and icy branches

to create a frosty landscape on the table.

White Christmas Tablescape with greenery, rock salt, ice picks, frosty pinecones, and mercury glass votives and ornaments | ©homeiswheretheboatis.net #christmas #winter #flowerarrangement #centerpiece #deer #tablescape #diy

And mercury glass votives add some sparkle and shimmer,

along with silver ball and snowflake ornaments.

White Christmas Tablescape with silver reindeer sleigh napkin rings | ©homeiswheretheboatis.net #christmas #winter #flowerarrangement #centerpiece #deer #tablescape #diy

Reindeer made their way onto the table in the form of silver napkin rings,

placed on a magnolia leaf.

White Christmas Tablescape with silver reindeer sleigh napkin rings | ©homeiswheretheboatis.net #christmas #winter #flowerarrangement #centerpiece #deer #tablescape #diy

Silver chargers frame Mikasa Tate plates, with a textural

design border reminiscent of a warm cable knit sweater. . .

White Christmas Tablescape with Mikasa Halston flatware | ©homeiswheretheboatis.net #christmas #winter #flowerarrangement #centerpiece #deer #tablescape #diy

While hammered flatware adds a faceted soft shimmer.

White Christmas Tablescape with greenery, rock salt, ice picks, frosty pinecones, and mercury glass votives and ornaments | ©homeiswheretheboatis.net #christmas #winter #flowerarrangement #centerpiece #deer #tablescape #diy

Magnolia leaves are serving as place cards,

courtesy of a sharpie, with names written in silver,

contrasting with the glossy green leaves.

Magnolia leaves as place cards using a silver sharpie marker | ©homeiswheretheboatis.net #christmas #winter #flowerarrangement #centerpiece #deer #tablescape #diy

Magnolia leaves as place cards using a silver sharpie marker | ©homeiswheretheboatis.net #christmas #winter #flowerarrangement #centerpiece #deer #tablescape #diy

White Christmas Tablescape with greenery, rock salt, ice picks, frosty pinecones, and mercury glass votives and ornaments | ©homeiswheretheboatis.net #christmas #winter #flowerarrangement #centerpiece #deer #tablescape #diy

DIY Flower Arrangement with deer wine chiller as vase for hydrangeas, tulips, pinecones and icy floral picks for Christmas or winter | ©homeiswheretheboatis.net #christmas #winter #flowerarrangement #centerpiece #deer #tablescape #diy

Here are few tips to help extend the life of your flowers in your arrangement:

❄️ Always add floral preservative packets to your vase water.

 If you don’t have any floral preservative, you can make your own with this easy formula.

❄️ Cut the stems of your flowers at a 45-degree angle for maximum water uptake

removing at least one inch from the bottom of the stem and all leaves below the waterline.

❄️ Check your water level to top it off as needed and change your water

every other day if possible, to reduce bacteria and extend the vase life.

❄️ If you’re using cut hydrangeas, use the alum-dipping method to keep them from wilting.

❄️ Keep your flower arrangement away from heat (like vents blowing) and direct sunlight.

❄️ Use an anti-transpirant spray like Crowning Glory that seals in moisture in your flowers.

DIY Flower Arrangement with deer wine chiller as vase for hydrangeas, tulips, pinecones and icy floral picks for Christmas or winter | ©homeiswheretheboatis.net #christmas #winter #flowerarrangement #centerpiece #deer #tablescape #diy

Frosty Table Details:

Plates / Mikasa Tate

Flatware / Mikasa Halston

Goblets / Mikasa French Countryside

Reindeer & Sleigh Napkin Rings / Ballard Designs, used HERE

Deer Table Runner, Napkins / HomeGoods, several years ago

Silver Chargers / Hobby Lobby, several years ago

Deer Champagne Bucket Wine Chiller / HomeGoods, several months ago

Ornaments / collected over the years

Mercury glass votives / World Market & Target

White Christmas Tablescape with greenery, rock salt, ice picks, frosty pinecones, and mercury glass votives and ornaments | ©homeiswheretheboatis.net #christmas #winter #flowerarrangement #centerpiece #deer #tablescape #diy

Visit my talented blogging friends to see their floral inspiration this week:

 Lidy at FrenchGardenHouse

Pam at Everyday Living

DIY Flower Arrangement with deer wine chiller as vase for hydrangeas, tulips, pinecones and icy floral picks for Christmas or winter | ©homeiswheretheboatis.net #christmas #winter #flowerarrangement #centerpiece #deer #tablescape #diy

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DIY Flower Arrangement with deer wine chiller / ice bucket as vase for hydrangeas, tulips, pinecones and icy floral picks for Christmas or winter | ©homeiswheretheboatis.net #christmas #winter #flowerarrangement #centerpiece #deer #tablescape #diy

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  21 comments for “How to Make a Flower Arrangement Using an Ice Bucket + White Christmas Tablescape

  1. Debbie J
    December 5, 2022 at 6:56 am

    Good morning Mary, your post was just what I needed today! I am hosting my Bunco friends in January and this white winter frost tablescape is just the inspiration I needed. Thank you!!

  2. Ruth Miller
    December 5, 2022 at 7:06 am

    I see alum in your shopping links. Do you always use alum in your arrangements or only with hydrangea? I remember other posts where you used it for them. All looks beautiful in that super bucket you found. You did a great job arranging!

    • December 5, 2022 at 7:10 am

      Thank you Ruth, I always use alum with hydrangeas as it helps them draw water and they are notorious for wilting. ♥

  3. December 5, 2022 at 7:16 am

    Merry Monday, Mary. The stag champagne bucket was a fabulous find and is the perfect vessel for your white arrangement. The icy picks and frosty cones add a lovely winter feel to fluffy hydrangeas and tulips. Your natural table runner is a beautiful frosty landscape for the silver chargers and Mikasa Tate plates. I have thought several times about ordering those handsome reindeer napkin rings. The overhead shot of your table is stunning.

    It is always a pleasure to join you for Monday Morning Blooms and flower therapy. It is a rainy day here with very little sunshine for the entire week. Have a wonderful Monday!

  4. Cindi
    December 5, 2022 at 7:31 am

    Beautiful as always and so cheery on a cold Monday morning. 24 when I went out to feed my chicks! I shouldn’t complain as it is December but….Peace

  5. Clara
    December 5, 2022 at 8:13 am

    Mary, What a gorgeous MMB arrangement. Your new ice bucket and deer table runner are perfect together. I love the elegant white flowers with that beautiful greenery. Your table next to the tree is so festive. It’s such a pretty and inviting scene! Thanks for the rock salt idea; I would have never thought of that! What a clever idea. Enjoy your day! Clara❤️

  6. franki Parde
    December 5, 2022 at 8:35 am

    Well…now you’ve gone & done it…NOW, I’m going to have to change the guest bedroom into a linen closet! This tablescape is SO incredible…gees, lady, come out w/a book already!!! franki

  7. Donna
    December 5, 2022 at 9:55 am

    Lovely and so calm and inviting. The white and silver are just the right touch. The alum trick really works. Thanks for the sparkle and shine arrangement. I agree with Franki, a book awaits us.

  8. December 5, 2022 at 10:40 am

    It’s always a very Merry Monday on our special Monday Morning Blooms days, Mary. Your arrangement in the lovely stag ice bucket is spectacular! Everything about your table is so lovely- the deer table runner, the icy picks, the glowing mercury votives..perfection. Your sprinkling of rock salt makes the whole scene come to life, this setting is perfect for the holidays but also throughout the winter months. Picturing the two of you enjoying a wonderful meal here!

    Always a true delight to join you and Pam for our Flower therapy. Wishing you a wonderful week ahead. Xo Lidy

  9. Betsy
    December 5, 2022 at 10:41 am

    I use my ice buckets roughly 5% of the time for ice! The ice bucket you found is handsome but I especially admire the napkin rings, great find! What a cozy table-for-two you have created for a special dinner by the light of the Christmas tree. Beautiful!

  10. December 5, 2022 at 10:52 am

    Gorgeous Mary! The ice bucket is beautiful and your arrangement of tulips, hydrangeas, and Cryptomeria is lovely spilling over the sides, and I love the winter touches you added with pinecones, silver and icy stems. The table by your tree is so cozy, such a special spot to linger and enjoy. I am crazy over the napkin rings, they are so perfect! The greenery and silver ornaments are so pretty on your winter table for two. Flower tips are always much appreciated, I just love Crowning Glory!

  11. December 5, 2022 at 11:44 am

    So beautiful, we share a love of homegoods, deer and white gardens! I too bought the deer bucket, but I went with the champagne stand which is filled with greens and roses in my living room. Such a fun time of year, loads of work but wonderful to sit back and enjoy the rest of the month!

  12. December 5, 2022 at 1:13 pm

    I definitely pinned this. What a great idea for a white Christmas or a snowy themed January event. So peaceful and lovely.

  13. December 5, 2022 at 2:31 pm

    I like how you think outside the vase, Mary, to make a stunning centerpiece. The mercury glass looks so pretty with it and I love the hammered flatware! Enjoy your frosty setting by the twinkling tree. ❤️

  14. Jane Greene
    December 5, 2022 at 6:39 pm

    Great idea! I was just getting ready to donate my ice bucket since I rarely use it, but keeping it after seeing how beautifully your arrange turned out! Merry Christmas Mary!!

  15. Paula shoaf
    December 5, 2022 at 6:52 pm

    Hi Mary ~
    Absolutely beautiful !! Love it !!
    Paula
    IN

    • December 6, 2022 at 1:03 pm

      Hi Paula, I’m trying to get in touch with you. If you get this reply, can you check your email and spam folder? Thank you! 🎄 Mary

  16. Barbara at Mantel and Table
    December 5, 2022 at 7:06 pm

    Your arrangements are always so beautiful Mary! And the rock salt is inspired! I’ve never heard of that before, but it absolutely makes your table look frosty – I’m so going to try that! Thanks for the great ideas and tips, as well as the beauty today!

  17. December 6, 2022 at 8:59 am

    Beautiful arrangement and I LOVE the ice bucket!!!

  18. December 7, 2022 at 8:54 am

    BEAUTIFUL!!! Very creative!!

  19. December 9, 2022 at 11:50 am

    This is so very lovely, Mary! A table that I’d gladly sit at all winter long. Your floral arrangement is exquisite, and one that this non-floral-designer will try her hand at. Thank you!

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