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Easy Holiday DIY Centerpiece Ideas

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Get set for the holidays with beautiful DIY centerpieces and table setting ideas that are easy to make with Christmas ornaments and everyday items such as candles, flowers, glassware and ribbon.

Two Christmas centerpieces: decorative cones, votives and gold, white and copper-color ornaments on a tray; and copper planters, votives and birch sections on a slab.
Wood tray filled with beads, candles and decorative metal cone trees that hold ornaments.

Design a Christmas centerpiece that’s elegant and mobile.  On a coffee table or dining table, start with a simple wood serving tray. Create focal-point interest with small cone trees, such as these metallic ornament-filled versions, or even tiny live lemon cypress trees.  Add LED votives and silvery snowflake-pattern votive holders to coordinate with the trees. For the finishing touch, fill the tray with strands of silver bead garland. Use plenty for a sense of snow. The combination of trees, votives and beads creates a frosty winter scene for your table.

Woven-ribbon runner, candles, ornaments and metallic vases filled with flowers and icicle picks.

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.

Wreath with red, white and silver ornaments used as a centerpiece, with a reindeer-theme hurricane and red pillar candle.

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.

 

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Nature-themed centerpiece with short birch logs, candles, cups and ornaments.

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.

Christmas tabletop arrangement with round gold tray, black-and-gold  paper napkins, black plates with gold trim, white-and-gold LED votives and a gold hourglass.

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.

Veneer-wrapped vases filled with white amaryllis.

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.

Holiday Vases and Table Runners

Berry wreath and reindeer ornament used as a centerpiece.

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.

Centerpiece of paperwhites and blue Christmas ornaments in vases and a candlestick.

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.

Cylindrical vases painted silver, copper and gold arranged on a table for a holiday centerpiece.

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.

Red-and-white amaryllis in a glass vase painted gold.

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.

 

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Christmas centerpiece made of crimped duct caps, greenery, and red and gold ornaments.

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.

Christmas arrangement of greenery, pinecones and red berries in a basket.

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.

White amaryllis in vases covered in small red, gold and silver Christmas ball ornaments.

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.

Christmas display of crystal candlesticks holding white ornaments and decorated with red ribbon, all on a tray.

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.

Holiday centerpiece of glass hurricanes, white candles and silvery pinecones.

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.

Red picture frame vase surround with white amaryllis.

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.

DIY holiday snow globe display of wood, glass globe, wood-ball snowmen and greenery with ornaments.

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.

Design a Christmas centerpiece that’s elegant and mobile. —Lowe’s Creative Ideas

Design a Christmas centerpiece that’s elegant and mobile. Create an assemblage of silver bead garlands, small cone trees, ornaments, votive holders and a wooden serving tray.

 

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