Artichokes left in a cool place to dry can be easily turned into an organic table decoration.
Green Tip: Choose natural candles. Many candles are made from paraffin, which is derived from petroleum (a non-renewable source), and are not biodegradable. Choose eco-friendly natural soy and beeswax candles, which are made from renewable sources and burn cleaner than paraffin candles.
Cut the artichoke stem with a pair of garden shears so the base sits level when placed on a flat surface.
Wind one end of the wire around artichoke's stem. Wrap the wire twice around the head to hold the leaves in place and secure it again at the base.
Cut out the choke in the center of the flower head with a pair of scissors to create a hole that's just a bit larger than the candle.
Cover the candle base with an empty tea light container or foil. Glue the candle into the center of the artichoke.
Excerpted from A Greener Christmas
© Dorling Kindersley Limited 2008