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How To Make A Changeable Centerpiece For Every Season!

Updated on October 16, 2013
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SheilaSchnauzies is a Miniature Schnauzer rescuer, writer, crochet designer, gardener, crafter, wife, mom & friend living in Omaha, NE.

Let's Make An Easy, Beautiful & Changeable Table Centerpiece!

I love to have beautiful table decorations for all the seasons and the holidays especially. But making a beautiful centerpiece can be a LOT of work, not to mention expense!

What could be prettier than a colorful candlelit decoration to grace your dining room table or coffee table! And what's even better is that you can easily change this one for every single holiday or season! You can make it as expensive or inexpensive as you wish depending on the materials chosen. It is super easy to make, no crafting experience required! All items are available at your local hobby/craft store or large discount store.

When you are ready to change decorating themes for the next season, just choose different silk flowers and perhaps a different candle! Once you do this for an entire year, you will have amassed quite a collection of bow-tied silk flowers that you can mix and match as you wish!

As your centerpiece develops, you might want to add other "pretties" that you have lying around. Let your imagination guide you!

It's fun, it's cheap, and it's gorgeous! It'll make you look like Home Decorator Extraordinaire!! So, here we go!

Here's A Perfect Mirror For You!

How To Make The Holiday Centerpiece

You Will Need:

1 flat mirror (mine is 18" diameter but you can use about any size) Think about finding an unusual mirror designed for hanging on a wall at an antique store, thrift store or garage sale! You can also find candle holders and even antique ribbons and lace at such places.

Just be sure to remove the hanger from the back of the mirror. (To protect your table, you might wish to glue a square or circle of felt to the back of the mirror).

1 candle holder

1 candle in desired color to fit holder

1 bag of glass "marbles" in neutral color (clear, light green, etc.)

1 stem of small silk flowers in desired seasonal color

1 large stem silk flower

Spool lace OR spool ribbon in neutral color (white, cream, taupe, etc) or holiday colors (check the clearance section to look for inexpensive remnants!)

Scissors

Felt and craft glue (optional)

Lay mirror flat and face-up on working surface. Place candle holder with candle on center of mirror. Arrange several glass marbles on mirror.

Cut spool lace or ribbon into 10" strips with diagonal edges.

Cut several bunches or individual small silk flowers off stem, leaving at least 1" of stem to work with.

Tie strip of lace or ribbon around stem of each flower into a bow, just below the flower. (Optional: if you know how to tie florist bows, make one of those out of a longer strip of lace for the large flower). Otherwise, just tie a larger regular bow out of a longer strip of lace for the large flower.

Lay large flower with bow next to the candle holder. Scatter smaller flowers with bows on mirror between glass marbles. Start with a small amount of flowers and add more until it pleases your eye.

Here's My "Crystal Fantasy" Centerpiece! - This is the one I'm using this winter into Spring.

I collect crystals of all kinds, always have. I wanted everything to be clear or white, so I picked up some fresh white mini carnations. I'm really enjoying this one when the afternoon sunlight hits it, turning my living room into a sparkling rainbow!

The Rules?

There ARE no rules!! That's the most fun thing about making one of these easy centerpieces! Get your Zen on by rearranging pieces as you walk by, too!

What You Will Need...

Your Basic Elements

One large flat mirror (I bought mine at Hobby Lobby for about $10) - Mine is 18" but 12" is a nice size too. Just depends on what you want. You can use a mirrored tray you like too.

A candle - plain, in a jar, again, whatever YOU like! At right check out the flameless candle with timer I've found for you at Amazon!

A vase if you're doing flower arrangements.

Then add your decorations! Seasonal cute things like figurines, dried flowers, real flowers in a little vase, autumn leaves, twigs with berries, nuts, whatever you like! (Real or manufactured) Pieces of ribbon, glitter, bows, sequins, crystal beads, anything that strikes your fancy!

How-To!

This is so easy...

Place the centerpiece mirror where you plan to use it. Gather all your found objects and just start arranging! Keep going until it pleases you.

When you are done with one season, it's a good idea to store all of that season's objects together in a container so you can find it easily next time.

Clean your mirror with glass cleaner and start fresh for the next season! Here is a picture of my current late-summer centerpiece.

Ideas For Your Seasonal Centerpieces You Can Find At Your Dollar Store!

New Year's confetti, paper whistles

Valentine's paper cutout hearts or foil stickers, candies with sayings

St. Pat's shamrock items, St Pat's pins, stickers

Spring/Easter, Easter eggs, baby animal figurines, scattered stickers, silk flower heads

4th of July red, white & blue beads, stickers, empty fireworks wrappers

Fall small autumn leaves, acorns, dried grasses arrangement

Halloween, candy corn, stickers, figurines, etc.

Christmas - anything Christmas from candies, stickers, ornaments, e

Need A Special Occasion Centerpiece?

If you need a centerpiece for a birthday party, anniversary dinner, graduation party, etc., you are all set with your basic centerpiece! Just add appropriate themed items and you're good to go!

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    • choosehappy profile image

      Vikki 4 years ago from US

      All of these pictures are so beautiful. I'll have to give it a try--the changeable centerpiece. Great idea for the upcoming holiday dinners.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      A changeable centerpiece is creative idea, and so easy to do.

      I like to have candles in my centerpieces, and seasonal things.

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      dellgirl 5 years ago

      Adorable lens, it is very informative! I like it.

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      June Parker 5 years ago from New York

      So simple yet so effective! It suits my mercurial Gemini love of change.