How to Make Fresh Christmas Centerpieces for Under $10
Fresh Christmas Centerpiece With Snowman
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?
More Free Stuff
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
Snowman tealight on the sleigh centerpiece
Christmas Centerpieces with red berries
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.
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.
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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