33 DIY Christmas Centerpiece Ideas to Create a Festive Table

cake stand christmas table centerpiece
Photo: Brie Williams

Make your Christmas table shine with these easy ideas for festive centerpieces. Whether your table decorations are rustic, traditional, minimal, or decorated to the nines, these Christmas centerpiece ideas will provide the inspiration you need to create a gorgeous tabletop for all your Christmas gatherings.

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Christmas Table Candle Centerpiece

greenery garland on wooden table with candles
Adam Albright

Create a stunning Christmas table decoration using bundles of holiday greenery. Bind together long branches of seasonal blooms, like eucalyptus, pittosporum, dusty miller, or pine. Arrange them in a long greenery runner and tie the branches together loosely with twine. When it comes to this Christmas centerpiece, there is no end to the combinations of flowers you can use. For extra Christmas spirit, add sprigs of fresh berries throughout the display and carefully arrange candles along the DIY greenery garland.

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Gingerbread House Christmas Centerpiece

gingerbread snow globe city
Philip Ficks

If you serve your Christmas feast on a round kitchen table, utilizing the small space is key. For a Christmas table centerpiece that leaves plenty of room, use a small glass jar and transform it into a gingerbread Christmas village centerpiece. Use our tutorial to create the cookie homes, and lightly dust with powdered sugar. The best part? After Christmas dinner, you can pass around the jar of freshly-baked Christmas cookies.

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Seasonal Christmas Centerpiece

Christmas centerpiece with pomegranates and candles
Jay Wilde

Gather season greenery and pomegranates for a simple yet classic Christmas centerpiece. Artfully arrange the greenery down the center of the table—we used cut pine, eucalyptus, and magnolia leaves. Add fresh pomegranates for natural dimension and to draw guests' eyes through the entire Christmas table centerpiece.

Editor's Tip: Add visual interest by using twisted taper candles instead of classic white candles.

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Dishware Christmas Table Centerpiece

dishware christmas table centerpiece
Adam Albright

Pull creamer and sugar sets and demitasse cups out from the recesses of your cabinets and put them on display as a simple Christmas table centerpiece. Group the pieces on top of a cake stand, place bottle brush trees inside the cups, and add a few sprigs of evergreen, (maybe a few ornaments, too—just don't overdo it). To complete the country-chic look, place your Christmas centerpieces on a vintage linen runner or tea towel.

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Rustic Luxe Christmas Centerpiece

rustic luxe christmas centerpiece
Jay Wilde

Combine elegant styles for a signature look on your Christmas table. This Christmas table centerpiece combines a few basics for a stunning effect: start with candlesticks that shimmer (these are metal and glass) placed in a weathered wooden tray. Pile on metallic Christmas ornaments (it's OK to mix finishes!) and add a little greenery, plus a rustic antler. Light the candlesticks and your candle centerpiece is complete.

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Mason Jars and Paperwhite Christmas Centerpiece

mason jars and paperwhite christmas centerpiece
Ray Kachatorian

Stunning winter flowers, paperwhites make the perfect Christmas table centerpiece when stuffed into blue Mason jars. Complete the look with painted toy animals—for a versatile play on classic Christmas colors, we chose a combination of brown and blue. This Christmas centerpiece is ideal for rustic or traditional family feasts.

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Terrarium Christmas Table Centerpiece

terrarium christmas table centerpiece
Patrick Farrell

Create a winter wonderland inside a clear glass bulb terrarium. Start with a base of faux snow and tuck in a miniature house and small branches (available at crafts stores). Place your winter terrarium on a footed cake stand in the center of the dinner table for an easy yet festive Christmas table centerpiece.

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Floral Christmas Centerpiece

Dining table with Christmas décor
Kritsada Panichgul

Set a muted holiday table with shades of white, silver, and gray. Anchor the design with a fresh floral arrangement featuring dusty miller, seasonal berries, white ranunculus, and cut olive branches. Set the arrangement on cut evergreen branches and a set of small votive candles in mercury glass vases.

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Extended Christmas Centerpiece

extended christmas centerpiece
Helen Norman

Go the whole nine yards with a Christmas centerpiece that extends the length of the table. The trick is to keep it low and narrow, so you have plenty of room for place settings and passing dishes, and so people can see across the table. You can't go wrong with a base of evergreen branches, topped with Christmas ornaments (look for larger balls—smaller sizes are harder to see and can look cluttered in a longer centerpiece). Add candlesticks in varying heights (we like the white tapers and mercury glass holder combination here) and three small single-flower arrangements (one in the center and one to the left and one to the right).

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Neutral Christmas Centerpiece

neutral christmas centerpiece
Tria Giovan

Achieve a minimal, natural Christmas table look by editing out elements and sticking to a tight theme. Instead of a evergreen or garland base, go simplistic with a wooden board. Then sparsely dot the board with small gold pots, a few pinecones, and decorative orbs in natural materials. Add height, but still maintain a minimalist look, with clear acrylic or glass candlesticks and a glass lantern in the center.

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Flower Arrangement Christmas Centerpiece

flower arrangement christmas centerpiece
John Bessler

Who says flowers are limited to spring and summer? Set your Christmas table with a pretty floral arrangement in shades of white to put the "wonder" in your winter wonderland. Hydrangeas, paperwhites, and other white flower varieties are all contenders. Tuck in a few sprigs of long-needled evergreens and replicate the "spiky" look with white bare branches extending from the top of the centerpiece arrangement. And that's what we call drama done right.

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Showstopping Blooms Christmas Centerpiece

showstopping blooms christmas centerpiece
David Tsay

If white isn't your floral color of choice, consider purple and pink (yes, purple and pink). The combos' regal air is an elegant choice for a posh Christmas gathering. Mix flower varieties and tones, ranging from fuchsia and plum to dusty pink and violet. Cut longer stems to cascade out of the container, both upward and downward. And the container? A metal champagne bucket is an apt choice for a casual-chic Christmas table centerpiece.

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Woodland Christmas Table Centerpiece

woodland christmas table centerpiece
Werner Straube

Combine natural elements, textures, and materials for a gorgeous Christmas table decoration. Arrange birch bark vases (or pots) and candles on a tray and surround with evergreen branches and pine cones. Add a festive touch by placing red poinsettias in the vases and a few gold Christmas ornaments amongst the branches.

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Easy Ornament Centerpiece

easy ornament centerpiece
Helen Norman

Christmas table 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 table centerpiece with more red accents—ornaments on top of candlesticks and a few red votive cups.

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Garden Christmas Table Centerpiece

garden christmas table centerpiece
Jay Wilde

Poinsettias are a Christmas centerpiece favorite, but pairing them with another element—like topiaries atop large candlesticks—takes this Christmas table decoration to the next level. For cohesion, place the poinsettias in vases that match your candlesticks. For a subtle Christmas table centerpiece, we suggest using lighter shades of poinsettias to not distract from the incredible tablescape and dinner.

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Vintage Christmas Centerpiece

dining table with brass deer, candles, greenery and cinnamon rolls
Adam Albright

A few vintage brass decorations add a retro touch to this simple Christmas table. On a crisp white patterned runner, place a greenery garland or cut pieces of pine and eucalyptus. Add brass deer figurines and tall brass candlesticks.

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Supporting Role Christmas Centerpiece

supporting role christmas centerpiece
Anthony Masterson

When your Christmas table has a lot of other elements (swags on the chairs, pretty napkins, festive dishes), keep your centerpiece simple. A red pot with greenery and berries makes a nice central focal point. And if you've built a gingerbread house, bring it out to the table as a cute sidekick to the arrangement.

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Christmas Ornament Platter Centerpiece

christmas ornament platter centerpiece
Werner Straube

Holiday guests will love this two-minute Christmas centerpiece idea. Place metallic 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.

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Galvanized Christmas Centerpiece

Christmas table centerpiece with trees and chestnuts on tiered tray
Jay Wilde

Stack walnuts and bottlebrush trees on a tiered galvanized cake stand for this Christmas table centerpiece. Finish the display with mini tabletop evergreen trees and tealight candles.

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Cake Stand Christmas Table Centerpiece

cake stand christmas table centerpiece
Brie Williams

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!

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Cork and Candle Table Centerpiece

cork and candle table centerpiece
James Carriere

If you love wine, chances are you already have the materials for this classic Christmas 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.

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Sparkling Christmas Evergreens

sparkling christmas evergreens
Patrick Farrell

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

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Christmas Table Sled Centerpiece

glass cloche christmas centerpiece
Bill Holt

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 Bell Christmas Table Collection

beautiful bell christmas table collection
Jason Donnelly

Add a festive jingle to your Christmas table centerpiece with a big bowl of silver and gold bells. We added a few coordinating ornaments for a change in scale.

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Winter Whites Tablescape Grouping

winter whites tablescape grouping
Karen Harper

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

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Paper Trees Christmas Centerpiece

paper trees christmas centerpiece
Matthew Benson

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 Christmas 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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Simple Christmas Centerpiece

minimalist holiday table with white runner and sprigs of natural elements
Thayer Gowdy

Cut sprigs of seasonal greenery pop against a neutral table runner for a vibrant holiday centerpiece. To get the look, scatter cut evergreen, red berry branches, pinecones, and white berries down the center of your table.

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Christmas Table Poinsettia Centerpiece

christmas table poinsettia centerpiece
Blaine Moats

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

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Sparkling Trees Christmas Table

sparkling trees christmas table
Cameron Sadeghpour

All that glitters is on your holiday table. Create this stunning centerpiece by covering purchased sequin trees with clear glass cloches. Place trees on cake stands for additional height.

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Silver Pillars Christmas Table Display

silver pillars christmas table display
Michael Garland

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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Easy Greens and Globes Centerpiece

easy greens and globes centerpiece
Kate Mathis

Bring a bit of your Christmas 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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Game-Theme Christmas Table Centerpiece

game-theme christmas table centerpiece
Michael Partenio

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

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Poinsettia Christmas Centerpiece

Yellow poinsettia with Christmas trees
Marty Baldwin

Turn to a colorful 'Autumn Leaves' poinsettia for this simple centerpiece. Place the poinsettia in a colorful pot and arrange it with wrapped Christmas presents and paper tree ornaments to create a festive holiday centerpiece.

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