11 Things You Can Repurpose as a Holiday Centerpiece

Skip the trip to the florist and make an easy centerpiece for your holiday table using items you already own (or can pick up for cheap).

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.

Ornaments

Ornamental

Ornamental

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© She-N-He.com, She-n-He Photography

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.

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Mossy Gift Box Centerpiece

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Oh, (Tiny) Christmas Tree

Classic Silver-and-White Centerpiece

Candy-Inspired Centerpiece

Rustic Charm

Green Glistening Centerpiece

Chic Silver Centerpiece

Reflective Quality

Simple, Yet Stunning

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Warm Up the Table

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Cheery Christmas Topiaries

All That Glitters

Colorful and Cheery

Herb Centerpiece

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A Touch of Glitz

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Mercury-Glass Votives

Traditional Trimmings

Terra Cotta Candleholders

Photo By: DK - A Greener Christmas ©2008 Dorling Kindersley Limited

15-Minute Centerpiece

Cottage Christmas

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Look Up

Christmas Countdown

Dramatic Table Runner

Modern Tabletop Tree

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Ombre Tabletop Trees

Coffee-Filter Christmas Trees

Cake Plate Ornaments

Cranberry Topiary

Silver Bells

A Contemporary Tabletop

Bring the Beach to Christmas

Simple Centerpieces

Supermarket Centerpiece

Paper Centerpiece

Gingerbread House Centerpiece

Make a Centerpiece That Pops

Winter-Inspired Terrarium

Cake Stand

Vintage Red-and-White Holiday Table Setting

Vintage Red-and-White Holiday Table Setting

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Andrew McGary, © 2014 HGTV/Scripps Networks, LLC. All Rights Reserved

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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Marianne shows how to create a whimsical snow globe from a cake stand.

Gifts

Gifts Centerpiece

Gifts Centerpiece

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.

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Tray Liners

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Book Covers

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Placemats

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Haute Notebooks

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Wall Art

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Drawer Liners

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Photo Mattes

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Paperweight

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Paper Tree

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Box Filler

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Pinecones

Yarn-Wrapped Pinecones for the Holidays

Yarn-Wrapped Pinecones for the Holidays

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.

Wine Bottles

Chic Bottle Menorah

Chic Bottle Menorah

Photo by: Bethany Nauert; Styling by Paige Geffen

Bethany Nauert; Styling by Paige Geffen

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. 

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Set Your Hanukkah Dinner Table

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Add Warmth

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Mix and Match Place Settings

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DIY Decorations

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Light the Menorah

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Make the Perfect Hostess Gift

Add a Punch of Color

Serve Hanukkah Sangria

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Make Dreidel-Shaped Appetizers

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Try This Sufganiyot Jelly Doughnut Hack

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Washi Tape Gift Tags

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Do a Play on Words With a Banner

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Photo By: Bethany Nauert; Styling by Paige Geffen

Bring the Outside In

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Hanukkah Stockings

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Set Up a Craft Table for the Kids

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Gelt Connect Four

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Wreath

Twig and Berry Wreath Dresses Up Dessert Table

Twig and Berry Wreath Dresses Up Dessert Table

Photo by: Brian Patrick Flynn

Brian Patrick Flynn

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

Terra Cotta Centerpiece

Terra Cotta Centerpiece

Photo by: DK - A Greener Christmas ©2008 Dorling Kindersley Limited

DK - A Greener Christmas, 2008 Dorling Kindersley Limited

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.

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Herb Centerpiece

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Fresh Foliage Centerpiece

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Individual Place Setting: Rosemary and Sage

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Individual Place Setting: Bay Leaf, Thyme and Rosemary

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Individual Place Setting: Ivy and Red Berries

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Individual Place Setting: Rosehips, Ivy and Moss

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Individual Place Setting: Fresh Flowers

Terracotta Pot Candleholders

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Decorated Chair Backs

Dried Napkin Decoration

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Fresh Napkin Decoration

Use Organic Table Linen

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Vintage Toolbox

Greenery in Old Wooden Tool Box

Greenery in Old Wooden Tool Box

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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.

Shells

Coastal Christmas Seashell Centerpiece

Coastal Christmas Seashell 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.

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Bring the Beach to Christmas

A Fresh Start

Where "Shell" You Sit?

A Subtle Theme

Center of Attention

Forget Flowers

Create Drama

Tie it Together

Fuller is Better

Shell Searching

Galvanized Bucket

Rustic Holiday Centerpiece

Rustic Holiday Centerpiece

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.

Candy Canes

Candy Cane Centerpiece

Candy Cane Centerpiece

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.

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Candy Cane Village

Glitz and Glam

Organic Flair

Green Touches

Tiered Treats

Unexpected Upcycling

Metallic Fringe

Winter Whites

Glitter Filler

Seasonal Warmth

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