A beautiful Christmas centerpiece is the shortcuts to make your home feel instantly happy and festive!
Instead of looking for the perfect Christmas table decorations and centerpieces this year, why not make your own DIY Christmas centerpiece for free, with things you can find inside and outside your home?
Today I want to share with you a really fun and easy way to make a Christmas centerpiece that would look gorgeous on a table, mantle, kitchen island or by a door step, and looks fresh for at least a month! You can use this technique to create beautiful Christmas table decorations for your home and as gifts!
Materials needed to make this lovely DIY Christmas centerpiece:
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- Clippings of evergreen shrubs and berries, such as Cedar, Spruce, Magnolia, Boxwood, Holly, etc, and some pine cones.
- you don’t need floral foam blocks to make the Christmas table decorations. However, if you plan to give them as a gifts, then it’s a good idea to use floral foam blocks like these because they are easier to transport. More on that in Step 1.
- Decorative accents such as pillar candles, glass vase or hurricane , and LED fairy lights like these ones!
You will also need a vessel such as a bucket, basket, or wooden crate to hold everything. Here’s a tutorial on how to make gorgeous wooden crates from pallets!
Here is the video tutorial on making Christmas table decorations, or skip to read the step by step tutorial with photos!
Step 1: Set up the containers for your Christmas table decorations
Arrange glass jars and tin cans in a crate or any type of container you choose.
The big one in the center is facing bottom up, because we will be placing a vase with a candle on it as the center focal point. This is optional. You can get creative with any decorations in the center!
Pour water into each jar till they are filled halfway , this will help keep the garden clippings fresh for much longer.
If you plan to give them as a gifts, then it’s a good idea to use floral foam blocks like these because they are easier to transport.Put plastic liner inside the crate, then soak the floral foam blocks and place them inside the liner to replace the cans of water.
Step 2: Add a focal point to the DIY Christmas centerpiece
I used pillar candles inside a glass vase here.
Step 3: Add botanical clippings to our DIY Christmas centerpiece
Of course we need evergreens for our Christmas table decorations! You probably have a lot more choices of gorgeous conifers than what I can find here on the coast in Southern California!
I did manage to find some Italian Cypress!
Evergreens such as Cedar, Spruce, Magnolia, Boxwood, all have unique color foliage and textures. You can create beautiful contrasts and color variations with a nice mix of evergreens!
The silvery Hebe branches look gorgeous against the blue green Cypress and huge deep green Magnolia leaves.
Add more festive style with red berries! I used Toyon berries here, because that’s the alternative Holly for California! 🙂
Tuck some pinecones among the branches. Isn’t this fun and easy??
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Step 4: Add fairy lights to your Christmas table decorations.
The pillar candle is more for decorative purpose. I love battery operated LED fairy lights like these ones!
Don’t you just love the warm glow?
More is more: add some ribbons for an extra holiday vibe!
Update: It’s been 3 weeks since I made this DIY Christmas centerpiece, and everything still look really fresh and happy!
Here are some tips on how to create longer lasting Christmas table decorations:
- Cedar and Cypress are generally longer lasting than Pine and Fir. Last year I put some Cedar branches in water and they lasted for over a month!
- When choosing leafy plant clippings, usually the thicker and stiffer the leaves, the longer it will last.
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Have a merry and bright day! See you next week!