Get creative. Fashion an eye-catching centerpiece by repurposing an embroidered cotton tree skirt and using it as a festive foundation to your DIY table setting. Add a wooden turntable, a few LED candles wrapped in decorative ribbon and a ceramic deer statue for accents. Use poinsettias, live greens and pinecones to freshen up your holiday-themed masterpiece.
For a glimmering display on the dining table, loosely weave white, gold and silver ribbons and cut the ends to your desired size to make a custom table runner. Top the ribbon runner with votives, silver pinecone ornaments and metallic textured vases. Fill the vases with white flowers and icicle picks. The fresh flowers and gold accents in the ribbon runner warm up the chic metal look.
Go simple. Combine a red-and-white wreath and an etched-glass hurricane as a Christmas focal point. Choose a wreath, such as this vine wreath with red, white and silver ornaments, in a size to suit your table. To add height, set a glass hurricane in the center and fill it with a large red pillar candle. Use the wreath-and-hurricane combination in any color scheme that suits your Christmas decorating style. Any wreath in the right size, including a traditional green wreath, works as the foundation.
For a centerpiece with staying power and natural appeal, group varying lengths of small cut birch logs on a salvaged surface, then add copper cups filled with your favorite plantings (these are sculptural succulents), a few bright ornaments, LED candles and greenery sprigs. After the holidays, simply remove the ornaments, if desired.
Ground holiday decorations and serving items with a metallic tray and a neutral table runner to give small items more presence within the centerpiece grouping. Amid the food, plates and napkins, mix in metallic accessories, such as gold-dot LED votives for a soft glow.
Give old vases a new look. Wrap round vases with whitewashed veneer. Make three or four for about $19. Step-by-step instructions make it easy.
Combine simple holiday favorites. It doesn’t take much to turn a berry wreath into a cheery Christmas centerpiece. Just weave in a little ribbon and add a focal-point piece, such as a reindeer or other holiday icon.
Combine unexpected materials. Paperwhites in an antique jar set with a handful of hardware make a surprising centerpiece. Tuck the cut stems amid metal nuts and washers and add water. The blooms will last 4 to 5 days in water changed daily.
Add glamour to your Hanukkah table setting or other holiday celebration with a mix of metals. Take any plain glass vase and use painter's tape to mask off about two-thirds up from the bottom. Then spray-paint the lower portion in copper, gold or silver. Insert candles. Create the metallic vases in multiple sizes. If the shapes are similar—all cylinders or rectangles, for example—the mixed-metal finishes will create a cohesive look.
For a stunning centerpiece, highlight amaryllis by showing of a bunch of blooms instead of the usual single stem. Clip stems evenly across when the first buds are coloring up and preparing to open. Rest the stems at the base of a sturdy vase filled with water. Use a flower preservative, and change the water every few days to keep flowers blooming up to 10 days.
Go rustic for your Christmas centerpiece. Make a tree shape by stacking crimped duct caps and soup cans, then add boughs of live greenery and ball ornaments. Top with an LED candle.
Give your table a woodsy, natural Christmas look. Fill a basket with live greenery, pinecones and berry picks. Design the arrangement with a mix of greenery for a full, multi-textured effect.
Bring the holiday sparkle of a Christmas tree onto the table. These easy, inexpensive Christmas ornament vases start with ordinary paint cans. Glue on rows of coordinating ornaments, alternating colors and finishes for a festive mosaic.
Use candlesticks as pedestals. Top candlesticks with ornaments for a table centerpiece with height and drama. Use a single type of candlestick, such as crystal, to keep focus on the baubles. A tray keeps the centerpiece grounded and makes it easy to move.
Draft a mirror or mirrored tray for extra shine. The reflection doubles the sparkle of a simple collection of glass vases and LED candles. A few extra trimmings—silvery pinecones and ornaments—look doubly festive and give this dining table holiday polish.
Mix Christmas memories into a holiday centerpiece. This picture frame vase surround creates the perfect display for Christmas pictures or other family photos. Place a different photo on each side and slip a bouquet of Christmas flowers, like these white amaryllis, into a vase inside the frame. The photos are easy to change with the season.
Build your own snow globe for a fun and quirky holiday centerpiece. Create mini snowmen from birch knobs and set them in a pendant globe filled with sea salt for snow. A simple frame holds everything in place.
A glossy, white ceramic reindeer statue makes a wonderful eye-catching accent to any holiday-themed centerpiece. Try something new and freshen up your DIY table setting by adding festive ornaments, decorative LED candles and even live greens, pinecones and poinsettias.
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