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Easy-to-Make Christmas Centerpieces

Make your Christmas table shine with these easy ideas for festive centerpieces.


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    • Pretty Paper Trees

      Tree-shape centerpeices cut from festive patterned paper set a seasonal tone that's perfect for formal and casual tables. To get the look, wrap cone-shape molds with wrapping paper. Or for more texture, cut small pieces of paper and glue to the molds in a leaf pattern.

    • Easy Ornament Centerpiece

      Elegance needn't come in a frilly, fussy package. This graceful tablescape comes together with the most basic of elements. Stack glass ornaments in a pyramid formation on top of a compote, adhering the ornaments to one another with scrapbooking glue dots. Surround the centerpiece with more red accents -- ornaments on top of candlesticks and a few red votive cups.

    • Creative Color Palette

      When it comes to your Christmas table, the color palette is yours to play with. Instead of sticking to the classic scheme, we've created this festive arrangement with deep purples and bright oranges. Stick in a few ornamental gourds and let the beauty of the season shine.

    • Low Ornaments

      Here's a two-minute centerpiece idea: Place glass globe ornaments in a low marble dish, and that's it. You're done! We like an unexpected combination of bright pinks and cobalt blue.

    • Wrapped-and-Stacked Centerpiece

      Stack monochromatic boxes in various patterns atop a footed cake plate for this centerpiece. Crown the tower with a bow and a length of ribbon trailing down each side. Secure the ends of the ribbon tails to the underside of the cake plate.

    • Cake Stand

      This double-decker idea starts with cute gingerbread cutouts. We chose a deer pattern. Carefully arrange the cookies with cut greens, pinecones, and Christmas ornaments. It's almost too cute to eat!

    • Video: How to Make an Easy Holiday Centerpiece

      Watch this video for step-by-step instructions on how to make this easy holiday centerpiece.

    • Creative Corks

      If you love wine, chances are you already have the materials for this classic centerpiece. To create, fill a trifle dish with corks and top with a glass votive candle. We like a mix of champagne and wine corks.

    • Sparkling Evergreens

      Love the look of a tabletop tree? Bring it to your holiday table. Transfer mini pine trees to white vases and arrange on a silver platter. Accent the trees with copper twinkle lights for a chic centerpiece.

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      Sleigh Ride Centerpiece

      Elevate your centerpiece with a handsome vintage sled. Top with an assortment of cloches, ornaments, and greenery. After the holidays, keep the sled but replace the Christmas-theme accents with winter wares, like white pillar candles in glass hurricanes surrounded by faux snow.

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      Beautiful Bells

      Add a festive jingle to your tabletop with a big bowl of silver and gold bells. We added a few coordinating ornaments for color and texture.

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      Greetings from Nature

      For a centerpiece that is festive yet natural, arrange twigs in a ceramic pitcher and tie greeting cards to the branches. Weave a length of rickrack through the branches for an extra flourish.

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      Winter Whites

      Bring the sparkling beauty of fresh snow inside with this stunning centerpiece. To get the look, top a white cake stand with coarse sugar and tall pillar candles. Finish the look with gilded gold pinecones and twine tags.

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      A Walk in the Woods

      Create an enchanted forest of paper trees using our free pattern and two sheets of letter-size white cardstock. Fold the two sheets of cardstock in half lengthwise. Use a pencil to trace the tree shape from the pattern onto each piece of cardstock, making sure the fold is in the same center location for each. Cut out the trees with a crafts knife. Stack the two tree shapes together, pierce the center fold with a needle, and sew the trees together with white thread. Position the four sides so the trees stand.

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      Cover Up

      Make a vase filled with evergreens more stunning by covering it with fresh flowers. Remove the heads from roses or other seasonal flowers, and then hot-glue them to a glass vase or other vessel.

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      Centerpiece Under Glass

      Accent Christmas red with a favorite color, such lime green or turquoise (as shown here), for a vibrant holiday centerpiece. Paint a peat pot your desired color and let dry. Create a gift-box design on coordinating scrapbook paper, and glue it to the front of the peat pot. Place a miniature poinsettia plant inside a plastic sandwich bag, and place inside the peat pot. (You may need to remove extra soil from around the roots so it will fit in the pot.) Cover the top with shaved soap or purchased coconut for a fresh-snowfall effect. Place the pot in a small dish beneath a cloche decked out in matching ribbon.

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      Pretty Poinsettias

      A couple of silver cake stands, purchased poinsettia plants, and a few glass vases are all you need to create this stunning centerpiece. Simply stack the stands and top with invidual vases. We like to add red berries for a pop of color.

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      Sparkling Trees

      All that glitters is on your holiday table. Create this stunning centerpiece by covering purchased sequin trees with clear glass domes. Place trees on cake stands for additional height, and that's it!

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      Burnt Birch

      These stunning arrangments start with an unlikely material: soup cans. Simply wrap the metal cans with birch-pattern paper and glue to secure. We filled the vases with burnt-orange roses, greenery, and gathered acorns.

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      Silver Pillars

      Instead of topping silver candlesticks with the expected, try placing a painted pinecone on top. Fill a round tray with candlesticks in a variety of sizes, and finish with a scattering of glass ornaments.

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      Candy and Candles

      Turn that glass upside down!

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      Greens and Globes

      Bring a bit of your tree to the table. Top a white cake stand with fresh-cut evergreen branches and shiny glass ball ornaments. Tie the table together with a small evergreen sprig at each place setting.

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      Icy Blues

      Planning a seaside holiday? Set the table with ocean-inspired blues, silvers, and greens. Here, we used blue vases and white pillar candles to create a table-length centerpiece. Add shiny ornaments and pops of red berries for color.

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      Games Galore

      Put that dusty board game to good use! Here, we used the board as the enterpiece and set each place with monogrammed tiles. Top the board with a mini burlap-wrapped evergreen.

    • How to Make a Table Setting with Lettered Tiles
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      How to Make a Table Setting with Lettered Tiles

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      Mason Jars and Paperwhites

      Stunning winter flowers, paperwhites make the perfect centerpiece when stuffed into blue Mason jars. Complete the look with painted toy animals (we like the color combination of brown and blue).

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      Mercury Glass and Greens

      Turn to your tree for this simple centerpiece. Clip a few branches and place them on tiered cake stands. Then top the greenery with mercury-glass globe ornaments.

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      Cranberries and Candles

      This inexpensive centerpiece is a snap to put together. Simply line a narrow tray with colorful votive candles. Fill in the tray with fresh cranberries, and you're done! For a snowy, wintry look, dust the cranberries with sanding sugar.

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      Beautiful Handmade Christmas Ornaments

      Adorn your Christmas tree with beautiful handmade Christmas ornaments made by you and your loved ones. Hang our easy-to-make ornaments on your tree for generations to come, give them as gifts to friends, or use them to amp up your Christmas wrapping ideas.
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