Eye-Catching Christmas Centerpieces

Entertain in style this season with a festive centerpiece for your holiday table.

Mossy Gift Box Centerpiece

Mossy Gift Box Centerpiece

Wow your holiday dinner guests with this eye-catching, nature-inspired gift box centerpiece — here's how to make this moss-covered, ribbon-adorned focal point.

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Oh, (Tiny) Christmas Tree

Boxwood clippings in a white tea cup become a tiny holiday tree. Fill the cup with floral foam and stud with green clippings. Use a hot glue gun to attach silver dragees from your cake-decorating stash. Add sparkle to natural cones and acorns with a thin coat of silver paint.

White and Silver Holiday Centerpiece

Classic Silver-and-White Centerpiece

Create this simple, classic centerpiece with dishes and ornaments you have on hand. Top sprigs of fresh greenery with sparkling sliver and white ornaments, trees and mercury glass candle holders. The soup tureen in the center is both beautiful and functional. Photo by Marian Parsons.

Christmas Decorations for Kids

Candy-Inspired Centerpiece

Perfect for a kids' table, this simple, shatter-proof centerpiece is made from foam candy cane spheres, tree trimmings, red feathers and glittery plastic ornaments, all tucked inside a Chinese takeout-style box.

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Rustic Charm

Forget the florist — this centerpiece starts with evergreen branches you can clip from your yard. Place fresh boughs in a galvanized bucket and swag a wooden bead garland around the greens, then layer homespun items at the base of the vase, like snowflakes, knit \"sweater\" ornaments, twine-wrapped candles, fresh greens or pinecones.

Green Glistening Centerpiece

This collection of monochromatic objects in a wide, low basket makes a simple and chic centerpiece. Using bright, sparkling green is a modern twist on the traditional evergreen hues.

Chic Silver Centerpiece

If in doubt, try this centerpiece formula: holiday serving dish + sparkling ornaments + greenery. Here, a footed silver bowl is filled with glass balls amidst a spray of eucalyptus branches. Well-placed Christmas lights add seasonal highlights.

Blue and Silver Holiday Centerpiece

Reflective Quality

For an elegant display, surround a glass hurricane with glass ornaments in reflective hues, like the silver and blue ones here. To pull the centerpiece together, use a white serving platter as the base. Photo courtesy of Katrina Giles.

Centerpiece Branches

Simple, Yet Stunning

A tall glass cylinder full of branches adds height to a tablescape. Since branches last longer than fresh flowers, you can use the display throughout the season. Design by Erinn Valencich.

Candle Centerpiece

Warm Up the Table

Candles make for the perfect centerpiece. They add ambient light to your table and can be adapted to suit your home's style. For a rustic display, sprinkle pinecones and pods amidst the candles. Design by Erinn Valencich.

Button Covered Christmas Cones

Cheery Christmas Topiaries

Get a little help from the kids to create these bright \"trees\" made from foam cones, yarn and buttons. Group them together to add a colorful pop to your holiday table.

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All That Glitters

Before you take all your old candlestick holders to the thrift store, why not give them a festive update? Janell Beals gives her eclectic collection of wooden candlestick holders a holiday-inspired revamp with gold leaf, making them the ideal tabletop centerpiece or coffee table adornment.

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Colorful and Cheery

Spice up your tabletop with a centerpiece of glittering trees and stacked ornament topiaries. RMSer ms mags creates interest by placing the items on cake plates of varying heights.

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Herb Centerpiece

Gather a selection of fresh, seasonal herbs such as rosemary, sage, thyme and bay leaves, and use them to create an alternative to the classic bouquet. The fragrant herbs will permeate the air as the candle burns.

Rustic Low Centerpiece Image courtesy of She-n-He Photography

A Touch of Glitz

A bit of spray paint transforms a basic candleholder or vase into something worthy of the holiday table. Pair silver and gold accents with rustic, found objects and a bouquet starring wintry garden picks alongside blooms from the florist.

Mercury Glass Votives

Mercury-Glass Votives

Bring a metallic touch to your Christmas centerpiece by applying silver leaf to inexpensive glass votives and hurricanes. With just a few minutes, you can create the look of mercury glass without the cost.

Traditional Trimmings

Twinkling candlelight, sparkling crystal and glints of silvered tableware create a warm ambiance at this holiday dinner table. Delicate white blossoms, tall pillars and starched white linen napkins work together to create the appearance of effortless elegance. Photo courtesy of Susan Fredman and Associates Ltd.

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Terra Cotta Candleholders

Turn three simple terracotta pots into stylish 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.

Layered Holiday Centerpiece

15-Minute Centerpiece

Putting together a beautiful holiday centerpiece doesn't have to be difficult or break the bank. This one is made up of a few elements you might even have around the house, like a grapevine wreath form and a glass candleholder.

Silver holiday Centerpiece

Cottage Christmas

Turn a dessert stand into a three-tiered centerpiece featuring silver ornament balls, sparkling starfish, strands of jewelry and holiday greenery. Design by Rate My Space user single_mom_on_a_budget.

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Look Up

Centerpieces aren't just for the table; free up valuable serving space by adorning the ceiling instead. Here, glittering icicles, crystal baubles and clear bulbs create a faux chandelier fit for a holiday celebration.

Dome Advent Calendar With Presents

Christmas Countdown

Make family meals even more fun by adding a unique advent calendar centerpiece to the table. Jessica Wilcox uses a vintage chicken-wire cloche dome as the base for her decorative advent calendar. To make your own, add presents, colorful ornaments and ribbons underneath the dome. On the outside, attach the Christmas countdown tags to represent the number of presents inside. Each day, remove a tag and open a present until Christmas arrives.

Snowflake Table Runner Sets Holiday Mood

Dramatic Table Runner

Add a frosty touch to your holiday table with this easy-to-create felt snowflake table runner. Top it with rustic found objects, candles and ornaments for an inexpensive and easy Christmas centerpiece.

Photography by Alexandra Grablewski

Modern Tabletop Tree

We all love decor we can keep from year to year, especially artificial trees that look like the real thing. Unfortunately, artificial trees don't hold their form forever, but here's a tree that will. Using thin wooden rails, a small saw, a glue gun and white paint, Paul Lowe forms a modern miniature holiday tree that's perfect for any sparkling vignette. A glittering star makes the ideal topper. Get complete step-by-step instructions at Sweet Paul.

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Ombre Tabletop Trees

Layer shades of same-colored felt to create a modern ombre effect, or use a solid color for a more traditional look. Either way, these eye-catching trees will add a handmade touch to this year's Christmas table.

Coffee-Filter Christmas Trees

Dip coffee filters in fabric dye for a trendy ombre effect, then stack them to create a quick-and-easy tabletop Christmas tree that's just the right size for a holiday centerpiece.

Cake Plate Ornaments

This simple, eye-catching display is perfect for a last-minute party. Pile glass ball ornaments on top of one another in a pyramid shape atop a cake stand. Hold them together using double-sided tape.

Cranberry Topiary

Topiaries don't necessarily have to be made of live greenery. Create one-of-a-kind topiaries from candlesticks, foam floral spheres and faux cranberries. The graphic shape of the sphere, juxtaposed with the texture of the cranberries and sheen of the metallic candlesticks, strikes a perfect design balance.

Serving Tray with Holiday Decorations

Silver Bells

Layer garland with a collection of colorful ornaments in your favorite tray to create an irresistible holiday centerpiece. Janell Beals dresses up a vintage-inspired porcelain tray with bold accessories and uses a mixture of silver, blue and gold hues for a twist on the traditional red and green.

Themed Table Setting

A Contemporary Tabletop

For a modern look, try unexpected flower arrangements this year. Instead of poinsettias, white hydrangeas and pink carnations can add a lovely and unexpected touch. Use clean white vases to enhance the feeling of a winter wonderland. Styled and photographed by Manvi Drona Hidalgo.

Bring the Beach to Christmas

A centerpiece doesn't have to be a fussy (and expensive) floral arrangement. Fill a large shell, basket or silver bowl with mercury glass ornaments, sprigs of fresh greenery and some loosely-looped lengths of burlap ribbon. An arrangement like this is low, so guests can see over it to converse while eating. Design by Marian Parsons

Simple Centerpieces

Several small arrangements can dress up a table filled with food and drink. For this holiday open house, mercury glass footed bowls are filled with silver and gold ornaments. Tall ceramic vases filled with red roses add height and a colorful accent to the green sequined stockings. Design by Manvi Drona-Hidalgo

Supermarket Centerpiece

When buying flowers for a party, sometimes the best place to look is at your local grocery store. An easy way to make everything cohesive is to stick with one type of flower or green. To get this look, pick up two bunches of eucalyptus, which is readily available at any grocery store. Fill an odd number of clear vases with chunky glitter, then add a few sprigs of your chosen flower.

Paper Centerpiece

Make Rudolph and his sleigh full of goodies the star of the table with this fun centerpiece decor. Simply print and cut the Rudolph printable graphic and sleigh templates, and hot glue them to a circular piece of white cardstock to make them stand up. Embellish with ribbon and cover base with fake snow or shredded coconut for a touch of seasonal sparkle.

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Gingerbread House Centerpiece

Turn this season's gingerbread masterpiece into a chic centerpiece for your holiday table. Let the kids help decorate it with candies and printable party circles, then set it in coconut \"snow\" atop a cake stand.

Make a Centerpiece That Pops

For a simple, modern look, group an odd number of white vases and fill each with one color of flowers, like the pink and white versions here. A few gold ornaments in the central white hydrangea arrangement adds unexpected sparkle.

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