When you realize that the Christmas table centerpiece you buy, year after year has a shelf life, needs to be watered, you might just consider this simple DIY.
My simple, yet elegant reusable holiday table centerpiece can be tweaked to fit any table with ease!
Is your Christmas table centerpiece under $20?
Year after year, we purchase extravagant centerpieces for our Christmas table.
What bothers me the most is that after about 2 weeks, there are needles everywhere, and they die.
Clearly, the fresh plants are not a reusable holiday table centerpiece and they take time, care, and are expensive.
Once the pandemic set in, hiking out to grab fresh florals for our table really was not an option, so I got a little craft.
I created my own Christmas table centerpiece under $20.
Now even if budget is not the driving factor for your reasoning to create a reusable holiday centerpiece, it just might make good sense to make it, which was another reason I was compelled.
Consider these fun facts about a reusable holiday table centerpiece.
Unlike its live counterpart, a Christmas table centerpiece under $20 does not need to be watered.
Additionally, you won’t need to track out to pick up a centerpiece, because your reusable holiday table centerpiece is stored right in your house.
That means, if you are ready to set a holiday table, its on-demand arrival is easy!
The components that you will use to create your reusable holiday table centerpiece are interchangeable.
What do I mean?
If you get sick of the design, the color, or anything on it, including the lights, you can easily and inexpensively change it up.
Plus, again, consider the fact that you will make a Christmas table centerpiece under $20.
Don’t worry it does not look cheap and that is why I stated Under $20 because if you want to BULK this reusable holiday table centerpiece up, you can add more and still not blow beyond $20.
Last, if you host Thanksgiving, you can start using the holiday centerpiece earlier.
Can you make this for even less than $20?
Yes, you can, depending on how thrifty you are and what all you already have and don’t want!
Every year we seem to accumulate more and more holiday items, and I am ok with that (thank goodness for storage).
So, when we have holiday decor we are not using, I dump it all in 1 tote instead of tossing it that year.
If by the following year, I have not used it in some fashion, then I donate it.
However, if you use this tip to your advantage, and if you have fake floral poinsettia pieces, bows, extra lights (battery-driven) or tall hurricane glass candle holders, etc., you are already ahead of the money-saving game!
You could choose to incorporate some of those items into the centerpiece you will craft.
Are you ready to make this holiday table centerpiece?
So, now, I want to show you how to DIY a Christmas Table Centerpiece that doesn’t cost a fortune and can be reused and updated at any time!
This DIY is so easy and can be adjusted to fit any table so you can make it longer or shorter as needed (which is why I stated under $20. Mine is based on a table length of 120″ just as an FYI.
Last, I would be remiss if I forgot to mention that learning how to DIY a Christmas Table Centerpiece on my site will cost you under $20.
Compare this to the traditional fresh floral centerpieces that often costs beyond $70 -$100.
Tablescapes make your table present finished and they can pull your decor together even more!
This DIY Christmas Centerpiece will POP!
DIY time for your Christmas table centerpiece.
There are so many ways to style a table.
In order to DIY A Christmas table centerpiece that fits your style consider what particular decor you’ve admired the most when you look at centerpieces.
Is it pine?
Bows, or ornaments?
How big is your table and how much of it do you want to cover.
While I am not a pro interior designer, I based mine off of what we’ve had before and what we missed when we had fresh bows.
Planning of my holiday table centerpiece and my personal thoughts
Here’s the one thing I made sure to do: taper the width on each end.
I did that to make sure that it had a beginning and an end, but that is how I am.
You could do it differently.
Defining the ends made it possible to place my shabby chic tabletop Christmas trees on each end when the table was not in use.
Just consider the following:
- Do you want your centerpiece to really stay within the center of the table from end to end?
- Or do you want your centerpiece to be grand and span a bit?
- Is there a particular color scheme you want to work within?
Those are all the questions I asked myself before I began.
What Materials Might You Use: DIY A Christmas Table Centerpiece?
I definitely suggest a table runner. At first, I placed this down and I felt that the table runner further defined the look.
Yes, I had a selection of table runners and I did not calculate that into your cost, as it is not a requirement of this holiday table centerpiece project.
The use of the table runner seemed to roll eyes towards the centerpiece, and when it was not there, it was kind of not as defined.
I always use a runner though whether gracing the table before with fresh florals or now with my new holiday table centerpiece.
When you notice the centerpiece it’s not just because of its design.
You’ll attract more eyeballs to the centerpiece if it is set unto itself, yet separated while being on the table.
In effect, a runner modifies space and defines the true center.
From that, you can actually decide how extreme to the right or left you want the centerpiece to travel.
Also, you can use old napkin rings (if you want, and leftover Christmas Decor which will tie in nicely to all that you have.
A trip to a dollar store to craft this project for these supplies
I picked up some small holiday trees, and no I did not use the stands that came with them.
Additionally, I purchased the pine-looking ties, as well as some bulbs and holiday lighting that ran on batteries.
Again, you can use hurricane lamps, and flameless candles as well, I am just not a candle girl.
Last, I got some clips of poinsettias, but could easily have used ornaments without the hooks, etc.
My glue gun played a role in this as did some duct tape, but I have those on hand.
I simply want to share an overview of the project so you know what is going to come together to create this!
Color and Flow Of the DIY Christmas Table Centerpiece.
To be clear, there are no right or wrong centerpieces.
Just take into consideration the following:
- your tablecloth color
- if the dining room be more relaxed or formal?
- and if you love glitter or metallics?
- or do you prefer tartan or buffalo plaid?
Whatever YOU love, and feel Christmas is, express when you DIY a Christmas Table Centerpiece.
Again, check the items in your storage and see what you have.
Then consider what I made.
Mesh the items together and you’ve got an incredible springboard to create your own.
Grab The HOW-TO
How To DIY A Christmas Table Centerpiece
- Glue Gun
- Snips for wire
- Glue for Glue Gun
- 4 Dollar Tree Holiday Trees no base or stands take them off and toss them out $4
- Pine Bough Ties dollar stores, about a pack of 12 or a wire tie of some sort that can be cut
- Duct Tape
- 4 Large clip sparkle poinsettia leaves or whatever you want to attach $4
- 2 Packs of Ornaments 1 larger bulb size and one smaller bulb size $2
- Glue Gun
- Unbox the trees.
- Discard the base and the stands.
- Take 2 trees and lay them out lengthwise, opposing one another, so if they are a foot you should now have 2 feet in length. bough
- Find where the middle structure pole that holds the branches of the tree meets (obviously this should be right in the middle, slide them to match and overlap, at this point. (basically, where the base would have been attached you will be connecting one tree to the other here. )
- We are going to attach these 2 trees together to create a long bough of pine.
- The reason you are looking for the pole that holds them together and not a branch is that you will fasten and make them strong together so they are SNUG and don’t move.
- Whereas if you tie 2 branches, this will not be solid.
- First, using wire, evergreen stems, or sparkle ties, fasten them together.
- I followed that with duct tape to keep them firmly secure.
- Now that you have done this, go ahead and repeat this for the other 2 trees.
- You should have 2 sets of bough now.
- Each will be 2 trees in length.
- Both pieces now need to be combined.
- To do this, you will leave the most narrow parts to the outside and work to join the fattest pieces in the center.
- In doing such, you will overlap the pieces, and secure to the support pole (it will be harder to do but NOT impossible)
- Once you grasp them together at the pole, use Duct Tape again to secure them firmly together.
- Follow with some pine ties to cover the duct tape
- If you don’t have pine ties, no worries, you can cover this with a bulb on each side or big poinsettia clips, etc.
- Now, that these are all ONE piece, it is time to layout your design.
- Figure out where you will put your bulbs and where you will put your poinsettia leaves.
- Start with the poinsettia leaves.
- Affix them with appropriate spacing across the entire pine bough you have created.
- I used some sparkle picks I had laying around, but you don’t have to.
- Then I moved on and added some bulbs. (the colors were those that matched my decor and runner.
- Remember the most narrow part of the tree will be at each end, one on the left side and one on the right.
- Look at this photo.
- In order to balance out the decor, I added some picks of berries also to add a POP of color.
- Fasten with floral wire, pipe cleaners, green tree bough pieces, or a glue gun (all your choice)
- Once you have all of your picks, bulbs, and larger items attached, place your runner on the table.
- Then place the Christmas table centerpiece on the runner.
- Adjust as necessary.
- That’s it.
- You can always change anything on here year after year, it’s inexpensive to update and it lets you change your look each year.
- Enjoy ~ Dana XO