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Fresh Christmas Centerpiece Ideas for a Very Festive Celebration

Updated on December 22, 2014
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Flower crazy and flower power are my incentives for this series of flower-related articles. I make flower arrangements for all occasions.

Lily Centerpiece

Let the beauty of lilies shine.
Let the beauty of lilies shine. | Source

Christmas isn't Christmas without the story of baby Jesus. For me, that will always be true. However, when it comes to Christmas decoration, nothing says Christmas like fresh Christmas centerpieces. If you're looking for Christmas centerpiece ideas, here are some. They're not quite the conventional candle-pinecone-ornament centerpiece. These centerpieces put Christmas accents to good use.

But first, let's begin with some basic information:

Flowers Used:

  • Mums
  • Carnations
  • Tiger Lily
  • Hypericum berries
  • Seeded Eucalyptus
  • Succulents
  • Airplants
  • Rosemary
  • Lavender
  • Wax Flowers
  • Noble Fir
  • Assortment of Christmas greens
  • Pinecones


  • Various Festive Containers
  • Oasis

This hub doesn't attempt to teach you the basics of making centerpieces. Refer to How to Make Your Own Fresh Christmas Centerpieces to get you started. However, this hub will showcase Christmas centerpiece ideas to make your Christmas beautiful.

  • Christmas Centerpiece with a Lantern

Lanterns go places when it comes to holiday d├ęcor. Made to hold candles, they cast light and with it, the magic of light. Looking at the warmth of the light source can transport you to the magic of the first Christmas night when the skies glowed with appearance of angels announcing the birth of Christ.

  • Noel Christmas Centerpiece (see picture above)

Normally, ornaments go on the Christmas tree. For this centerpiece, I use the "Noel" ornament to dress up a plain wooden container. That's not the only place I use an ornament. Peer into the heart of the lily flower and you'll find a tiny ornament in place of the pollen. Good for those with allergy and easy on the eyes.

Christmas Centerpiece with Lantern

A lantern on top of Christmas flowers.
A lantern on top of Christmas flowers. | Source
  • Christmas Centerpiece with Driftwood, Airplant and Terrarium

Airplants make nice accents. They don't need much nurturing - just water once a week, either by spraying it with water or soaking it in chlorine-free water. They hang in precarious positions or where other plants fear to go. This centerpiece uses a tree driftwood as the vehicle for holding terrariums (usually holding plants but for the Christmas season, they will make good tealight holders), airplants and ornaments. Quite a multi-tasker. .

Christmas Tree with Airplants and Terrarium

A driftwood of a tree with hanging terrarium.
A driftwood of a tree with hanging terrarium. | Source
  • Sleigh Christmas Centerpiece

Santa holds the exclusive rights to use of sleighs. No one will argue with that, unless you're a flower crazy lady, at which point, nothing is off limits. I make this sleigh carry flowers, Christmas greenery, sticks of fire and I hack off a Noble tree branch to hold a terrarium.

Sleigh Christmas Centerpiece

Let the sleigh carry flowers for once!
Let the sleigh carry flowers for once! | Source
  • Christmas Centerpiece with Bird Votive

Birds become auspicious during this time of the year. In this centerpiece, I use a bird votive to build a landscape of a bird perched on top on a Noble tree trunk and lots of greenery. Oh, I use a cookie container as the vase, a very inexpensive way to make it festive.

Christmas Centerpiece with a bird votive

The bird sits pretty and looks about right in the midst of Christmas greenery.
The bird sits pretty and looks about right in the midst of Christmas greenery. | Source
  • Christmas Centerpiece with Hurricane

Hurricanes make good candle holders. They become cylinders of fire lit from within in the dark. With its seasonal green, red, gold or silver coating, the light that comes through dances, a magical sight.

Christmas Centerpiece with Hurricane

A hurricane, an elaborate bow makes this centerpiece pop.
A hurricane, an elaborate bow makes this centerpiece pop. | Source
  • Christmas Centerpiece with a Huge Lantern

Sometimes, bigger is better. Better to house a giant candle with. This centerpiece features a huge lantern and that is all it takes to make a huge statement. Flowers are incidentals, though indispensable to the whole aesthetic appeal.

Christmas Centerpiece with Huge Lantern

Light it up and watch it glow.
Light it up and watch it glow. | Source

As an aside, the mums are dusted with glitter to match the grandeur of the setup. Simply spray glue onto flower and dip it in glitter. Very simple, yet so very grand.

Closeup of Mums Dusted with Glitter

Glitter up the mum and see how magical it becomes.
Glitter up the mum and see how magical it becomes. | Source

There you have it - Christmas centerpieces that are fresh, inviting and festive. Make one today to wow your family and friends. They make bold statements, whenever you place them.

Copyright @ Angeline Oppenheimer


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    anglnwu 2 years ago

    Thanks again, KlofeeKlatchGirls, for visiting and commenting. Appreciate your comments.

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    Susan Haze 2 years ago from Sunny Florida

    anglnwu these centerpieces are beautiful. You are truly gifted. I haven't tried working with fresh flowers only silk.

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    anglnwu 2 years ago

    poetryman, thanks for your vote of confidence.

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    anglnwu 2 years ago

    Good to see you here, Audrey. Thanks for your comment.

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    poetryman6969 2 years ago

    Some nice looking centerpieces. We may have to try one when we get to our new home.

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    Audrey Howitt 2 years ago from California

    These are gorgeous and still so fresh!

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    anglnwu 3 years ago

    Thanks, Snakeslane, always happy to see you and happier yet to hear your positive comments.

    BlossomB, thanks. Totally agree - Jesus is the reason for the season.

    heidithorne, coming from you, I take it as a great compliment. Thanks.

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    Heidi Thorne 3 years ago from Chicago Area

    You are truly a talented floral artist! Love the photos. Voted up, beautiful and sharing. Merry Christmas!

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    Bronwen Scott-Branagan 3 years ago from Victoria, Australia

    Lovely arrangements and so many good ideas. As your write, Christmas is not Christmas if we leave out Christ - 'the reason for the season.' Have a lovely one!

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    Verlie Burroughs 3 years ago from Canada

    Dear anglnwu, these are gorgeous arrangements. You are talented. I worked in floral for years, and I appreciate your impeccable attention to detail. (yes, the bauble in the lily is perfect) The photos are excellent. Good work!