How to Make Your Own Fresh Floral Christmas Centerpiece II: Easy and Cheap

Christmas Centerpiece with carnations and mums.

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Some people bake during Christmas. Some find enjoyment in creating artsy stuff like cutting fancy snowflakes or painting the nativity scene. And for some…they find their expression in shopping for the ultimate gift for loved ones and friends. I would love to fall under the last category, since shopping is quite my thing but parting with hard-earned money is not….So, I resort to what I love best: making Christmas centerpieces as gifts. They are fresh and festive and they never fail to make a bold statement adoring the dining room or the kitchen island. So why not? With some ingenuity and penny-saving intuition, I can easily make a centerpiece for under $10, what you will find selling for $40 to $60 at the store. If you’ve read the part one component to this hub, you’ll find some of my money-saving tips and how to make a simple or fancy Christmas centerpiece.

If you’re dying to learn more, here’s the second part to the whole Christmas centerpieces making secret. This Christmas, I wrecked my kitchen ( I know, the floor is littered with floral dissembled parts and the sink is an oasis disaster) but I couldn’t be happier with outcome. Here are more examples of the Christmas centerpieces.

Let's start with some free stuff. Go to any place selling Christmas trees or your neighborhood Home Depot and help yourself to the discard pile. At this time of the year, you'll find piles of cut away Noble fir branches or Douglas fir. If you're polite, ask if you can have some. Honestly, the workers don't care if you take them--you're helping them get rid of "trash."

See my piles of Noble Fir I gathered from Home Depot? You can transform these into wonderful centrepieces.

Branches of Noble Fir

You can get these free from Home Depot or any pinery--cart away discards and transform them into floral wow.
You can get these free from Home Depot or any pinery--cart away discards and transform them into floral wow. | Source

Christmas centerpiece with a hanging angel tealight holder.

I heck a sturdy twig off a Noble Fir branch and use it to hang the angel tealight.  No need for stylish prop that can make a hole in your wallet.
I heck a sturdy twig off a Noble Fir branch and use it to hang the angel tealight. No need for stylish prop that can make a hole in your wallet. | Source

OK, I lied--I didn't just use the free stuff from Home Depot. To embellish it, I use a variety of Christmas foliage and some flowers. These I bought from a flowers wholesale market (at a fraction of the cost at regular stores). Still a steal.

Christmas Centerpiece with a taper candle

A simple centerpiece with vase I bought at a after Christmas sale.
A simple centerpiece with vase I bought at a after Christmas sale. | Source

Christmas centerpiece with a Snowman tealight holder.

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I made a hanging votive to adorn this piece.
I made a hanging votive to adorn this piece. | Source

The "free" word is very liberating and totally friendly to your budget. I got more free stuff from my friend. Her backyard is a jungle of succulents (her husband's obsession) and since, she has more than she can possibly handle, she's happy that her succulents get a yearly trimming. I get my loot and she's happy to tame her garden of wilderness. In fact, she's so sick of succulents, she requests that her centerpiece be made with anything except succulents.

Good thing, I love succulents and they're totally appropriate for the season.

Here, I made a table-top Christmas tree out of succulents. The absolute good thing is that succulents rarely die on you.

Christmas Tree Centerpiece

I made a miniature Christmas tree!
I made a miniature Christmas tree! | Source

Christmas Centerpiece with Succulents

I grew up in SIngapore, where I've never had the chance to build a snowman in my entire childhood.  That may explain my obsession with snowman.
I grew up in SIngapore, where I've never had the chance to build a snowman in my entire childhood. That may explain my obsession with snowman. | Source

Succulent Centerpiece

Can you spot the snowman--trying so hard to blend into the landscape?
Can you spot the snowman--trying so hard to blend into the landscape? | Source

Now, all that's left to say is Merry Christmas to all my fellow hubbers and to anyone reading this. The best for the New Year and enjoy your centerpiece!


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katrinasui 5 years ago

Anglnwu! this is a wonderful hub. Pictures are simply awesome. You made it easy for us to make fresh flower Christmas centerpiece. Thanks for taking out time to write this article.


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dallas93444 5 years ago from Bakersfield, CA

I too enjoyed the great pictures. They said more than a thousand words...


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anglnwu 5 years ago Author

katrina, good to see u again. Thanks for commenting. Yes, it's quite easy to make Christmas centerpieces. It's a lot of fun.


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anglnwu 5 years ago Author

dallas, thanks for dropping by to comment. I agree pictures show, they do just tell.


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tim-tim 5 years ago from Normal, Illinois

Wow! Didn't know you are so talented! Great centerpieces! You must live in a warmer area. Merry Christmas!


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anglnwu 5 years ago Author

Good to see u timtim. Yes, I live in southern Cali. where the sun is always shining (well, almost always). Thanks for your wonderful comments.


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jill of alltrades 5 years ago from Philippines

Wow! I love those centerpieces! How I wish I was living nearby so I can be the recipient of one of those! They will really be great on my center table!

Thanks for sharing my friend!

Voted up and beautiful!


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anglnwu 5 years ago Author

Jill, I would love to make one of these for you. You've been such a wonderful friend. Thanks for commenting and have a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.


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TheListLady 5 years ago from New York City

I really like the use of the succulents. These look wonderful. Thanks for all the ideas!


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anglnwu 5 years ago Author

Listlady, I love the use of succulents too--they're definitely longer lasting than most foliage. Thanks for dropping by and Merry Christmas.


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KoffeeKlatch Gals 5 years ago from Sunny Florida

Your Christmas centerpeices are lovely. You make it seem so easy to put create one.


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anglnwu 5 years ago Author

Thanks, KoffeeKlatch Gals. It can be easy--the trick is to play with the raw materials--you'll be surprised with the results.


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rebeccamealey 5 years ago from Northeastern Georgia, USA

These are very pretty! I like the hanging votive. Different!


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anglnwu 4 years ago Author

Thanks, rebeeccmealey, I'm glad you like them. I love the votive one too.


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Laura Schneider 2 years ago from Minneapolis-St. Paul, Minnesota, USA

What a wonderful idea! I loved this video and am inspired to create something similar for a Thanksgiving centerpiece. Thanks for sharing your knowledge and talents with those of us who were clueless before reading and watching this article! Cheers!


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anglnwu 2 years ago Author

Hi Laura, it's easy to assemble one and I'm glad you find the video useful. Thanks for stopping by to comment.

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