11 Things You Can Repurpose as a Holiday Centerpiece
If your flower arranging skills are as, um, underdeveloped as mine are, browsing photos of beautiful holiday centerpieces can be a bit intimidating. Luckily, not all centerpieces have to involve an elaborate floral arrangement — in fact, you can even throw together a festive tablescape using items you probably already have in your house (or in your backyard). This year, dress up your holiday table with one of these quick, easy and budget-friendly ideas.
Is your Christmas tree overflowing with too many ornaments? Remove some of the extras and put them to better use as a centerpiece. Choose complementary colors, or keep it monochromatic and mix a variety of shiny, matte and glittery finishes, as entertaining expert Camille Styles did here. Display the ornaments on a platter, in a bowl or in large glass vases.
A cake stand is a versatile starting point for a centerpiece; you can fill it with ornaments, seasonal fruit or take a cue from HGTV Crafternoon's Marianna Canada and transform it into an oversized snow globe. Just add battery-powered LED lights, Epsom salt "sand" and mini bottle brush trees. Watch the video below for step-by-step instructions.
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As you're wrapping gifts for friends and family, you're bound to end up with some leftover boxes and paper. Turn the extras into a stylish table display a la designer Michelle Edgemont by wrapping the boxes in coordinating paper, stacking them from largest to smallest and tying them together with a luxurious silk ribbon.
Forage your backyard for pinecones to create a super budget-friendly centerpiece (or you can pick some up at a craft store). Left as-is, they bring a beautiful touch of nature to your table. For a splash of color, consider wrapping the pinecones with yarn, as blogger Camilla Fabbri did here.
Instead of recycling empty wine bottles, upcycle them into a beautiful menorah centerpiece for a Hanukkah party, like designer Erica Reitman did here — all you need is gold spray paint and taper candles. You'll need one bottle for each night of Hanukkah, as well as a larger bottle for the Shamash candle, which is used to light the other candles.
If you have an extra holiday wreath and nowhere to hang it, try laying it flat on your table instead. In the center, place a few pillar candles of varying heights or, as designer Brian Patrick Flynn did here, use it to highlight a delicious-looking dessert.
Terra Cotta Pots
Upcycle old terra cotta pots into stylish, festive candleholders. Line the base of each with recycled aluminum foil, put a beeswax candle in the center, pack sand around each candle and cover the sand with a pretty arrangement of fresh foliage and bright berries.
Fixer Upper's Joanna Gaines upcycled an old wooden toolbox, but any vintage or old-looking wooden box will do, really. Just fill your container with fresh greenery and you have an instant rustic-chic centerpiece.
For a coastal Christmas tablescape, pair seashells with sprigs of fresh greenery and burlap ribbon. If you don't live by the shore, pick up some shells at a craft store. Design by Marian Parsons.
To copy this rustic yet elegant centerpiece by Marian Parsons, start with a galvanized bucket filled with fresh evergreen branches clipped from your yard. Next, layer pinecones, twine-wrapped candles and knit "sweater" ornaments around the base of the bucket to complete the look. If you don't have a galvanized bucket handy, you can pick one up for cheap at a home improvement store.
Who doesn't end up with tons of leftover candy canes around the holidays? Use them up by crafting this playful centerpiece by Michelle Edgemont. First, hot glue unwrapped candy canes to the bottom of a wooden plate. Crush a few more candy canes and glue those pieces around the bottom of the standing canes.