10 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

To add a sense of festive abundance to the table, get creative with non-floral centerpieces that can be used for a holiday wedding. Classic silver ball ornaments add interest when piled high in a silver compote or displayed in apothecary and bell jars. Fill in any empty spaces with mercury glass votives, taper candlesticks, additional ornaments and oversized pinecones. Design by CamilleStyles.com

Photo by: © She-N-He.com ©She-n-He Photography

© 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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Cake Stand

Vintage Red-and-White Holiday Table Setting

Vintage Red-and-White Holiday Table Setting

As seen on HGTV Crafternoon, this sweet holiday table setting was inspired by vintage christmas decor. This retro look features red, white and mint, with repurposed cookie jars standing in for traditional vases.

From: HGTV Crafternoon

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

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

You are already wrapping gifts for your friends and family, might as well wrap a few empty boxes more beautifully to use on your table. I love the idea of using all the same paper, stacking up the presents, and tying them together with a luxurious silk ribbon.

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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Pinecones

Yarn-Wrapped Pinecones for the Holidays

Yarn-Wrapped Pinecones for the Holidays

Add a different spin to your holiday decor with these simple, colorful pinecones. All you need to do to create this look is wrap bright strands of yarn around pinecones — no glue required. They make perfect embellishments for gifts or placed in a bowl as a centerpiece. Design by Camilla

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

Spray paint empty wine bottles gold to create your own beautiful menorah centerpiece. You’ll need one bottle for each of the eight nights of Hanukkah as well as a larger bottle for the Shamash candle, which is used to light the other candles.

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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Wreath

Twig and Berry Wreath Dresses Up Dessert Table

Twig and Berry Wreath Dresses Up Dessert Table

Wreaths are excellent sources for adding color and texture to holiday tablescapes. Consider placing vessels inside coordinated wreaths for added layers of visual interest throughout the table. Here, a dessert is elevated to new heights with a twig and berry wreath placed around its vessel.

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.

Vintage Toolbox

Greenery in Old Wooden Tool Box

Greenery in Old Wooden Tool Box

A centerpiece of fresh greenery is planted in an old wooden tool box on the coffee table in the newly renovated living room.

From: Fixer Upper

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

A coastal holiday centerpiece features evergreen fronds and seashells.

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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Galvanized Bucket

Rustic Holiday Centerpiece

Rustic Holiday Centerpiece

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.

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

Traditional candy canes become an untraditional centerpiece decoration to modernize your table. 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.

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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