How to Make Fresh Christmas Centerpieces for Under $10

Fresh Christmas Centerpiece With Snowman

The only cost here is the basket container ($2.00),  Snowman ($5.99) and floral foam--$1. Total: $8.99
The only cost here is the basket container ($2.00), Snowman ($5.99) and floral foam--$1. Total: $8.99 | Source


Need a fresh Christmas centerpiece this Christmas? You know it would make the house more Christmassy and if you’ve guests, the centerpiece will set your table off. It will bring the beauty, the fresh aroma of Christmas and festivity to the occasion. But you don’t want to spend too much on one? I hear you. What if I tell say you can easily make one for under ten dollars? And we’re not talking about short-changing the beauty and quality of the arrangement. In fact, it may even look better than the one you’re eyeing at the store or the flower shop.

Now, if you’re thinking that’s a task for florists or flower wizards—not so. The task at hand is relatively simple. All you need is some degree of eagerness—an eagerness to create and be surprised by your own creativity.

In this hub, I will show you how to keep your cost down and I will show you how to make a simple table centerpiece. Ready?

Noble fir and Douglas fir--free for the taking at Home Depot or any pinery.
Noble fir and Douglas fir--free for the taking at Home Depot or any pinery. | Source

More Free Stuff

I went to my friend's yard and looted all these Christmassy greens, with her blessings--free !
I went to my friend's yard and looted all these Christmassy greens, with her blessings--free ! | Source


Get Free Stuff

If you look around, you can find free stuff—there for the taking—like free Noble fir or Douglas fir. If you go to any Home Depot or places selling pine trees at this time of the year, the chances are they’ll have a bin for discard fir branches. Drop by one of these centers and cart away the discard branches. Free and waiting to be used.

You can also gather free stuff when you go for nature walks. Pine cones fall at this time of the year—collect some. If you have a big yard, be sure to plant some Christmas plants, they’ll come in handy at this time of the year. And if not, you may know of someone with such a yard, don't be afraid to ask. Of course, it would help if you know her well. I’ve developed a thick skin (as my mother used to say) and am not afraid to ask my friend for her Christmas greens. Thankfully, she’s obliges every year. I only hope she doesn’t move away.


Sale Items

Why buy anything at full price when you can get the same item at a discount? I practice this sage advice with great militancy. …especially when it comes to Christmas containers, candles and any Christmas decorative item. You can easily get a discount coupon on their website or look out for blowout sales. Michaels usually have a 40% coupon and sometimes, you can even get a 50%. Of course, buying items after Christmas is quite the way to save and you can always save them for use next Christmas. Again, I’m quite guilty of that. I rarely spend anything over $10. In fact, all the Christmas décor, candles, pots, containers are anywhere between 79 cents to $5.99.

Recycle containers, vases and whatever you can.
Recycle containers, vases and whatever you can. | Source


Recycle, Reuse

Recycle and reuse not only help your budget, it is very eco-friendly. That way, it costs you next to nothing. Bottles, vases, candelabra, candle votives, Christmas figurines or decorations make good recycling candidates. Sometimes, I have even gone so far as to recycle ribbons and anything else that looks like it would survive another use without looking shabby.

Pop soaked floral foam into container and place candles at desired places. The container is 70 cents.
Pop soaked floral foam into container and place candles at desired places. The container is 70 cents. | Source
Cut greens to desired lengths and placed them around the container to frame it.
Cut greens to desired lengths and placed them around the container to frame it. | Source
Aerial view--green placed across, up and down and diagonally.
Aerial view--green placed across, up and down and diagonally. | Source




Let’s Make the Centerpiece

This centerpiece is appropriate for a long rectangular table. However, the principle will still apply to round centerpieces—just use a circular or square base.

  • Soak floral foam (make sure they are for fresh flowers) until totally soaked through
  • Insert candles. You may use one or more.
  • Cut Christmas greens a couple of inches longer than the container.
  • Stick green across horizontally, vertically and diagonally so they make a frame around the container.
  • Continue cutting greens, shorter and shorter as you go further up and sticking them into the foam so the whole foam is covered. Think of it as building a floral fort around the foam.
  • Add flowers, cones, ribbons or any decorative item after the whole foam is covered. You may have to floral wire or floral sticks to anchor pine cones or ribbons to the arrangement. This is explained further in the video you will see at the end of the hub.


Done! Just make sure you keep it watered and it should last you a while. Mine have been known to last for weeks, especially the greens.

The resulting centerpiece is shown below.

Christmas Centrepiece with just Christmas greens, pine cone and berries.

Apart from the western red cedar  which I bought for $3.50 a bunch, two candles at 79 cents each, a 79 -cent container,  this centerpiece came up to $5.87.
Apart from the western red cedar which I bought for $3.50 a bunch, two candles at 79 cents each, a 79 -cent container, this centerpiece came up to $5.87. | Source


Here are some of Christmas centerpieces I made just by using noble fir from Home depot. The only cost incurred are candles, Christmas tealight, containers—all well below $10

Christmas centerpiece with hanging votive.

Free noble fir and succulents, container--$2.99, votive--$0.99 cents, floral foam --$1 and one little tealight (less than 20 cents). Total: $5.18
Free noble fir and succulents, container--$2.99, votive--$0.99 cents, floral foam --$1 and one little tealight (less than 20 cents). Total: $5.18 | Source

Snowman tealight on the sleigh centerpiece

Free noble fir, snowman tealight--$5.99, floral foam--$1 and sleigh--free--given by a good friend (thank God for them). Total: $6.99
Free noble fir, snowman tealight--$5.99, floral foam--$1 and sleigh--free--given by a good friend (thank God for them). Total: $6.99 | Source

Christmas Centerpieces with red berries

Need a Christmas tree but don't want to buy one? How about a small one, built entirely from free noble firs? The only cost  incurred--the candle in a jar and floral foam--well below $10.
Need a Christmas tree but don't want to buy one? How about a small one, built entirely from free noble firs? The only cost incurred--the candle in a jar and floral foam--well below $10. | Source
Add an accent ornament to your piece. I use a ballet slipper to give this centerpiece some character. The total cost spent on this centerpiece is ($6.97 ($2.99 for container, $1 for floral foam and 99 cents for votive, $1.99 for slipper)
Add an accent ornament to your piece. I use a ballet slipper to give this centerpiece some character. The total cost spent on this centerpiece is ($6.97 ($2.99 for container, $1 for floral foam and 99 cents for votive, $1.99 for slipper) | Source

Adding flowers can make the centerpieces even more beautiful. Buy long lasting flowers like carnation, mums or orchids--they typically last for 2 weeks or more. Here is an example.

This centerpiece uses recycled ribbon, ornament and free pine cones and Christmas greens. The cost is taken up by the vase and floral foam.
This centerpiece uses recycled ribbon, ornament and free pine cones and Christmas greens. The cost is taken up by the vase and floral foam. | Source
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Christmas wreath

Christmas wreath made up of succulents and red berries--all free. I only paid $3.50 for the circular floral foam.
Christmas wreath made up of succulents and red berries--all free. I only paid $3.50 for the circular floral foam. | Source

Enjoy creating your own centerpiece this Christmas. You can get fancy if you wish. Add more flowers or use cylinders to hold festive candles. You can make it elaborate or simple. If you need more tutorial on how to create a centerpiece, I've selected one for you.


Merry Christmas!

And now a special shoutout to these hubbers who continue to make my hubbing experience enjoyable:

Movie Master-- this one is for you ('cos we promised to swap ideas)

Om Paramapoonya - one of my favorite hubbers here and my best online pretend friend.

Jill--she taught me how to appreciate pictures and laugh a lot.

Pamela99 --a wonderful friend with a warm heart to match.

Lady E--a true lady who never fails to inspire.

Prasetio--he never fails to surprise me with his brilliant hub ideas.

Moira--my new found friend with an amazing beautiful spirit

Dexter--a wonderful guy with a great sense of humor.

Habee--my hub guru and someone I hope to be when I grow up.

Snakeslane--my favorite poet here--I feel a kindred spirit

Stephicks68--you can always count on her to make a good case out of any hub.

Since it's impossible to name everyone here, I apologize if your name is not included--I appreciate you just the same and wish everyone here a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

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Pamela99 4 years ago from United States

Beautiful centerpieces and they don't look too hard to make. This is a great hub for us who are still decorating. Thanks for the instructions.


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kikalina 4 years ago from Europe

wonderful centerpieces!


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Movie Master 4 years ago from United Kingdom

Hi anginwu, your Christmas centrepieces are fabulous!

I am all behind here... work keeps getting in the way:-)

I have to make time this weekend to get cracking on my arrangements, but you are a hard act to follow....

Thank you my friend for my mention, best wishes MM


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Om Paramapoonya 4 years ago

I'm your best "online pretend friend"? Does that mean we are best friends who have never managed to meet face to face, or I'm the best at pretending to be a friend? I hope you meant the former, not the latter. haha..... Well, have a fantastic Christmas! You have made my hubbing experience very enjoyable as well. =D


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anglnwu 4 years ago Author

Pamela, good to see you here. Yes, there's still time for making these centerpieces. Thanks for commenting.


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anglnwu 4 years ago Author

kakalina, thanks and I'm glad you dropped by to comment.


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anglnwu 4 years ago Author

Movie master, thanks for your wonderful comments. I know-- we're all behind at this time of the year. I've more centerpieces to do. I promise better ones, ones with more flowers. And I know you're just being modest--your centerpieces will outshine mine. Thanks for dropping by.


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anglnwu 4 years ago Author

Haha, Om, I know that's a sticky one--my word choice is not exactly correct. I read what I wrote (more than once) and I thought, what the heck--I'm going with it--that way it's open for interpretation. But I'll take the first one, of course. Thanks for dropping by and Merry Christmas! Perhaps we'll meet one day--me--doing your wedding flowers?


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stephhicks68 4 years ago from Bend, Oregon

Wonderful ideas for Christmas centerpieces! That snowman is really cute. Another awesome hub - thanks so much, Steph


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prasetio30 4 years ago from malang-indonesia

Very inspiring hub and creative hub as well. I believe that many people will love your idea in making fresh Christmas centerpieces for under $10. Most of people love affordable price and you come up with solution. This was so beautiful Christmas decoration with low budget. You are genius, my friend. Thanks for writing and share with us. I give all my vote to you. Take care!

Prasetio


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Lady_E 4 years ago from London, UK

Very creative and beautiful too. Thanks for sharing all the photo's. You are gifted at this... I hope you will take it a step further. :)

Happy Xmas.


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anglnwu 4 years ago Author

Thanks, Stephhicks, appreciate your comments and have a Merry Christmas.


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anglnwu 4 years ago Author

Prasetio, thanks again for your supportive comments. It's always fun to be able to make beautiful stuff at a low budget. Glad you like it and always good to see you. Merry Christmas.


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anglnwu 4 years ago Author

Lady E, thanks for your positive comments. I love doing flower arrangement. Merry Christmas.


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snakeslane 4 years ago from Canada

Wow anglnwu, you are an artist with floral, these Christmas arrangements are gorgeous, fresh and festive. I love the wreath. Thank you for great ideas, and thanks for your lovely comment and link. All the best to you. I worked in floral for quite a few years, and I admire your work. Regards, snakeslane


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anglnwu 4 years ago Author

Snakeslane, thanks for your beautiful comments. I love flowers--not a florist, have never worked in the floral industry ( would love to some day). Thanks for dropping by to comment--it means so much to me:)


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RTalloni 4 years ago from the short journey

As usual, anginwu, your work is beautiful. The hanging votive holder is so unique. I hope to try that one out soon--but probably not for Christmas. I can practice on other holidays and plan mine for next Christmas. :) Thanks! Voted up.


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anglnwu 4 years ago Author

Rtalloni, thanks for dropping by with your encouraging comments. I make the hanging votive --try it some time.


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jill of alltrades 4 years ago from Philippines

Hi Angeline,

This is great! I love creating my own Christmas décor and this gives me great ideas! Sometimes I just bring in a potted plant and add some bright red ribbons! I'll take a picture of this and send to you!

Thanks so much for mentioning me! I'm tickled pink that I am able to make you laugh! What a compliment!

Voted up, useful and beautiful!


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anglnwu 4 years ago Author

Jill, glad to see you here. Creating Christmas centerpiece is so much fun. Thanks for your support and have a wonderful new year!

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