A Simple way to Create a Christmas Centerpiece

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Amazing friends, hello! On Tuesday I shared our kitchen decked out for Christmas. You can see it HERE if you missed it. It was fun since our kitchen got a pretty major facelift this Summer!

I had originally planned to share our Christmas kitchen on Tuesday AND share how easy it was to put our island centerpiece together, but of course I took too many photos to share for one post, so I’m back to share that today!  I’m also sharing the centerpiece I put together for our coffee table today as well.

When I was looking for something to act as the centerpiece for our kitchen island, I started with this enamel pitcher I found at the antique mall where my booth is, filled with faux greenery I found on the clearance at Pier One during the after Christmas sales:

Buuuut…while it was cute, it seemed a little on the small side on the island all by its lonesome, so I found a few more things in my Christmas boxes to add to it to make it fill the space better:

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Better, no?

Here is everything I used for this centerpiece:

How to create a Christmas Centerpiece from confessionsofaserialdiyer.com

I had everything on hand already from Christmases past.

First I started with the tray that usually lives on this island:

How to create a Christmas Centerpiece from confessionsofaserialdiyer.com

Putting everything on a tray makes it easy to move out of the way if need be. I found this one at Hobby Lobby this Summer.

I lined the bottom with this dish towel that I usually use for the bread basket at Christmas dinner, just to add punch of color:

How to create a Christmas Centerpiece from confessionsofaserialdiyer.com

Then I found two more elements besides my original arrangement that were varying heights. I added the two taller items to the tray:

How to create a Christmas Centerpiece from confessionsofaserialdiyer.com

That lantern came from Walmart’s BHG collection a couple of years ago. Those elf feet came from Michaels a couple of years ago.

Then I started adding some of the greenery at the back…

How to create a Christmas Centerpiece from confessionsofaserialdiyer.com

And then to the front as well…

How to create a Christmas Centerpiece from confessionsofaserialdiyer.com

I think all of my sprays of greenery came from Hobby Lobby.

I added another spray of greenery that already had to the other side…

How to create a Christmas Centerpiece from confessionsofaserialdiyer.com

It doesn’t match the others but it’s okay to mix up the greenery!

And another piece in the middle…

How to create a Christmas Centerpiece from confessionsofaserialdiyer.com

Then I nestled my third element, this sweet elf right in the middle:

How to create a Christmas Centerpiece from confessionsofaserialdiyer.com

He came from Michaels about ten or so years ago.

I just love his sweet face and pinecone head. 🙂

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Last year he was on the shelf above our toilet in the guest bathroom and our elf, Jingle, TP’d him! I wish I had taken a picture!

I finished the tray off by tucking couple of sprigs of the realistic greenery I picked up on clearance at Pier One on either side and at the back:

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And here it is coming together in action:

How to Create a Christmas Centerpiece

I did something similar with our coffee table centerpiece this year.

I struggled last year with what to put on our coffee table, and this year it was made much easier by putting a couple of things together on a tray:

How to create a Christmas Centerpiece from confessionsofaserialdiyer.com

I started with this beautiful silver tray I found at the thrift store for $10…

I just love the details on it:

How to create a Christmas Centerpiece from confessionsofaserialdiyer.com

I started with another pitcher with my Pier One clearance greenery and one of my favorite red poinsettias from Walmart, and I added my clock that I recently turned into a shadow box:

How to create a Christmas Centerpiece from confessionsofaserialdiyer.com

See how I did that HERE if you missed it.

How to create a Christmas Centerpiece from confessionsofaserialdiyer.com

Another greenery swag, likely from Hobby Lobby, and a couple sprigs of faux greenery from my after-Christmas Pier One haul, and this display is almost complete…

How to create a Christmas Centerpiece from confessionsofaserialdiyer.com

I really like the mix of different greenery.

I didn’t have a standing third element, but I did add some pretty mercury glass bulbs which kind of do the same thing…

How to create a Christmas Centerpiece from confessionsofaserialdiyer.com

Again, collecting everything on a tray makes it easy to move out of the way if we need to.

How to create a Christmas Centerpiece from confessionsofaserialdiyer.com

So there’s two trays and two ways I was able to use my existing decor to create two brand new centerpieces for both our island and our coffee table!

I thought this might inspire someone to dig through what they have collected over the years and put things together in a new way.

Here’s a couple more shots I took looking back towards the kitchen from the living room…

 

Oh and here is one shot of our elf, Jingle, that I did capture last year…

Elf on the Shelf eating a pop tart

He got into Brennan’s pop tarts!

I’ll meet you back here on Tuesday for my Trash-to-Treasure project I did using one of the cabinets I took out of our old kitchen:

I hope ya’ll have a beautiful weekend!

XOXO,

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Comments

  1. Mary Kaiser says:

    Wow they are so beautiful and look so easy peasy to put together. I will have to dig into my stash of Christmas to see what I can pull together. I haven’t even started decorating for Christmas yet, now this is the motivation that I needed to get going.

    • Thanks, Mary! I hadn’t thought to group a few things together like this before so I thought someone else out there might get some ideas too! It always feels so good to hang a little Christmas flair…happy decorating!! XOXO

  2. Love your tray vignettes Christy–so festive! That shadow box you made is soooo cute–love how you personalized it. Looking forward to seeing your next project as I also have old cupboard doors lying around.

  3. Christina in SW FL says:

    Christy, your centerpieces are warm and wonderful!
    Love the Elf’s face. Too cute!
    Have a great weekend yourself!

    • Thank you, Christina! I love a little whimsy at Christmas and the elves give me that lol. Enjoy your weekend, friend! XOXO

  4. sharon austin says:

    I just found silver trays at a yard sale this year that I used for Halloween. Now I have a reason to use them for Christmas too! Woo hoo, thanks for sharing!!

    • Perfect!! I hadn’t planned to keep this tray, but when I went digging through my stash, there it was and it was the perfect size! Happy creating! XOXO

  5. Debbie in TX says:

    Thank you so much for sharing these beautiful arrangements. I can’t decide which one I like better because they are so simple and creative. It’s fun to come up with new ways to display the same ol’ stuff, and you really outdid yourself here. Happy Holidays!! XOXO

    • I’m so happy you enjoyed this, Debbie! It’s hard sometimes to find new ways to use the same decorations every year, but fun when you do! Happy holidays to you too, my friend! XOXO

  6. I just love those elves feet!!! haha And cute Santa….and crumbs on his mouth!! Naughty elf!! lol xoxo

    • Thanks, Nancy! We had a lot of fun with our elf last year, but he’s been pretty boring so far this year lol. Need to up our elf game ha ha! XOXO

  7. Oh that naughty Jingle!

  8. Estela Torredimare says:

    I love your creativity and how reading your posts motivate me to be more crafty! By the way I love your light pedants, even if I live in Australia, could you share where you bought them? Have a fantastic Christmas!

  9. Christy, I love the arrangements! Thank you for all the pictures and simple instructions. You make it look so easy! The step by step video of putting together your coffee table centerpiece really helped me! They are beautiful!

  10. Both of your tray centerpieces are so pretty, Christy! I also struggle with what to put on the coffee table. Using a tray is a great idea because you can easily move it. Love the elf picture! I’ll be he’s into more mischief this year!

    • Thanks, Paula! Yes the tray makes it so much easier! Our elf got into the Goldfish crackers last night and made a big ole mess ha ha! XOXO

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