DIY Christmas Centerpieces Ideas: 3 Easy Ones

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DIY Christmas table centerpiece ideas

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This season, dress up your Christmas centerpieces with something extra special. Here are 3 easy, DIY table centerpiece ideas to try.


The dinner table is a sacred gathering place where good food, conversation, and community happens. (Well, at least that’s how it was intended.)

With company coming soon, now’s the time to let your style (and crafting skills) shine. So when an awkward conversation about politics breaks out at the dinner table? You’ll stealthily change the subject. “Let me tell you what I think about Donald Tru–” Did I mention I made this centerpiece myself—by hand? (Crisis averted.)

Forget paying through the nose or fighting lineups at the mall to obtain those coveted, sparkly Christmas centerpieces. All you need is some imagination, a little elbow grease, a pinecone or two, and these easy tutorials.

Here are a few of my favorite DIY winter centerpiece ideas:

1. Candles and cranberries

Cranberries are delicious spackled on your turkey in sauce form. But this beautiful berry also serves as a key ingredient in a stunning holiday centerpiece. In tart shades of red and bold burgundy, this bright berry creates an effortlessly festive feel.

With a handful of cranberries, and this tutorial from Midwest Living, you’ll craft a stunning centerpiece of your own. Here’s how:

  • Fill a decorative (square or rectangular) dish with cranberries. (A glass or ceramic dish is a good option.)
  • Tuck in a few festively colored candles. (Opt for shades of red, green, and white, for a holiday feel.)
  • Garnish with pine twigs and artificial snow.
DIY Christmas table centerpiece cranberries and candles

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Voila! Instant holiday centerpiece. If you’d like to give it a whirl, check out the tutorial here.

I also adore this simply stunning centerpiece crafted by Madigan Made, which beautifully displays cranberries in a glass vase, filled with Epson salt and topped with pine clippings. (Here’s the full tutorial.)

2. Pretty pinecones

Pinecones, a naturally beautiful complement to any Christmas centerpieces, are inexpensive and come in a range of shapes and sizes. If you’re short on time, spray-paint a handful of pinecones in silver or gold, and arrange them in a decorative bowl or vase.

Or you could garnish a bowl of potpourri with a few silver or gold pinecones. (Just about anything looks marvelous spray-painted silver or gold. Except your floors or children…)

DIY Christmas table centerpiece pinecones and candles

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To craft your own head-turning pinecone centerpiece, peruse this YouTube tutorial from Kendall Rae. If you’re feeling ambitious, and love the look of silver pinecones mixed with branches, try this tutorial from GreenFloralCrafts. (The second tutorial is a bit more advanced than the first.)

3. Mercury magic

Like frost-covered window panes on an icy winter morning, there’s something charmingly festive about mercury glass. Paired with brightly colored blossoms, it’s easy to craft striking Christmas centerpieces with a little mercury. In fact, you can create your own mercury-glass vases or candle holders using just spray paint, water, vinegar, and a small cloth.

DIY Christmas table centerpieces flowers and holly

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Check out this step-by-step YouTube tutorial from Live Your Style to create your own mercury-glass candle holders. I’ve been meaning to give this a whirl for a long time now. Time to seize the day!

Over to you

I think I’ll start with candles and cranberries and move my way up to mercury magic. Which of these do-it-yourself Christmas centerpieces ideas will you try? Tell us in the comments!

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Tanya Roberts

Tanya Roberts is a writer and marketer who loves to spin stories about interior design and home decor. She is principle strategist at