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How to Make a Homemade Christmas Table Centerpiece

Updated on February 2, 2016

Your Christmas Table Focal Point

Your festive table decoration.
Your festive table decoration. | Source

Treat Your Christmas Table

Christmas day can be an ideal opportunity to spend some time with family and friends, without the usual interruptions.Spending time at the dinner table speaking and laughing with the people you love holds so much more value than any shiny trinkets.

This craft project is easy to do and should take appropriately thirty minutes to make. By using a little time, materials from the forest floor and a sprinkle of imagination you can make a Christmas table centrepiece without spending lots of money, and it still looks great.

Materials you Will Need for Your Christmas Table Centrepiece

 
Materials You Need
 
Christmas tree branches
Cutters
A piece of tree trunk
A nail
Staple gun
Pine cones, berries, tinsel, etc.
Glue
 
 

Get Your Home Ready For Christmas

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Gather the Materials you Will Need

Gather up the materials into one place.
Gather up the materials into one place. | Source

Gather Your Materials

You will need to use a table or solid base to make the centrepiece, because the staple gun must be used on a steady surface. Gather all your materials and get ready to create.

Wood for Your Centrepiece

A slice cut from an old tree trunk is perfect for the base.
A slice cut from an old tree trunk is perfect for the base. | Source

Prepare the Tree Trunk Wood

Use a piece of cut tree trunk for your base. You may find this on the forest floor, a local sawmill or even a local garden centre. Carefully hammer a single nail into the middle of the trunk. This will hold your candle later on.

Use a Staple-Gun

Use a staple-gun to secure the tree cuttings.
Use a staple-gun to secure the tree cuttings. | Source

Using a Staple-Gun

Use a staple-gun to secure the tree branch cuttings to your piece of trunk. Cover all the wood.

Be very careful with the stapling and remember that staple-guns are not suitable for use by children.

Covering the Wooden Base

Cover the base with tree cuttings.
Cover the base with tree cuttings. | Source

Cover all the Wood

Ensure all the wood on your centrepiece is covered.

Put on the Candle

Place a candle on the nail carefully.
Place a candle on the nail carefully. | Source

Adding Colour to your Christmas Table Decoration

Add Pine Cones, Berries, Baubles or anything else you  would like to your Christmas centrepiece.
Add Pine Cones, Berries, Baubles or anything else you would like to your Christmas centrepiece. | Source

Putting on Your Candle

Carefully find the nail and then securely attach your candle onto it.

Remember that lit candles should never be left unattended and also be wary of how near the candle flame is to the materials on your centrepiece.

Glue Down Your Decorations

Use clear drying non toxic glue to secure your pine cones and other decorations to your centrepiece.

Glam it Up

Add as much sparkle as you desire.
Add as much sparkle as you desire. | Source

Glam it up

You can add mini baubles, tinsels or anything else shiny that you can find if you would like to see a glittering option for your table.

Natural and Eco Friendly

My favourite is a natural centrepiece with pine cones.
My favourite is a natural centrepiece with pine cones. | Source

Natural and Eco Friendly

Alternatively you can also opt to stick to natural materials and add pine cones and/or berries. Bringing a little bit of nature's beauty to your festive table.

A Festive and Frugal Table Decoration

Your Festive Table Centrepiece
Your Festive Table Centrepiece | Source

Your Homemade Christmas Table Centrepiece

You now have a homemade festive centrepiece to brighten the room as you spend quality time with the people you love.

After Christmas you can careful dismantle it and remove the nail, which enables you to recycle the natural materials.

Thank you for reading. I hope you have a very Happy Christmas!

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Happy Christmas

May you and your family and friends have a peaceful and happy Christmas.
May you and your family and friends have a peaceful and happy Christmas. | Source

© 2013 Anna Haven

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      Faith Reaper 3 years ago from southern USA

      Very beautiful and simple. I love the simplicity of it and naturalness too. Thank you for sharing your lovely idea for a centerpiece! Excellent

      Up and more and sharing

      Blessings, Faith Reaper

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      Anna Haven 3 years ago from Scotland

      Thank you very much Faith Reaper. :)

      I am like you and prefer the natural beauty of outdoors too, even when I am bringing it inside. :)

      Nature as intended always looks prettier than shiny and glittery adornments.

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      Shauna L Bowling 3 years ago from Central Florida

      This is a beautiful centerpiece, Anna. I'll bet it smells great, too! When Christmas is over and the pine needles have dried out, they can be added to the compost pile.

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      Jackie Lynnley 3 years ago from The Beautiful South

      Very pretty and inexpensive. I use to make my own like this and they just smell sooo good. Thank you for sharing.^

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Well done, Anna. I had to check to see how long you have been here at HP....10 months. The reason I mention that is because this is a hub that will do quite well next year at this time...holiday hubs just get better with age. :)

      bill

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      DJ Anderson 3 years ago

      Another great idea, Anna!

      I love that you use natural, easy to find items.

      You are just so clever.

      Merry Christmas, my friend!

      DJ.

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      Frank Atanacio 3 years ago from Shelton

      Anna, easy, simple and very useful.. see just like that :) thank you for sharing

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      Christy Kirwan 3 years ago from San Francisco

      Great Hub, Anna! I bet the fresh pine smells incredible, as well as looking beautiful. :)

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      FlourishAnyway 3 years ago from USA

      I love its simplicity, and I bet it smells divine. Well done! Voted up and more, plus sharing and pinning.

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      kidscrafts 3 years ago from Ottawa, Canada

      Beautiful centre piece for your table, Anna! I remember that when I was a teacher, I received from the parents of a student half of a birch log decorated with ribbons and a hole drilled to put a candle. I used it for years. I love decorations using elements of nature! And you did a beautiful job with yours!

      How long can you keep it without losing the needles?

      You seem almost ready for Christmas :-) Enjoy the holidays!

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      Anna Haven 3 years ago from Scotland

      Hi Bravewarrior

      Thank you for reading. :) It does smell great and really festive. I liked your recycling idea.

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      Anna Haven 3 years ago from Scotland

      Thank you Jackie. It is a lot of fun when you have natural materials and you can design your very own decorations.

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      Anna Haven 3 years ago from Scotland

      Thanks Bill. :) Yes ten months already. I don't know where time goes!

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      Anna Haven 3 years ago from Scotland

      Thanks DJ :) You have a great Christmas too.

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      Anna Haven 3 years ago from Scotland

      Nice and simple to make suits me fine Frank :) Thank you.

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      Anna Haven 3 years ago from Scotland

      Thank you Christy Kirwan. It brings a little bit of the festive forest inside. :)

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      Anna Haven 3 years ago from Scotland

      Thank you very much FlourishAnyway. I like simple craft projects and natural materials so it is a favourite of mine. Happy Christmas. :)

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      Anna Haven 3 years ago from Scotland

      Hi Joelle.

      Thank you. I am not sure how long it would last. I recycle mine after Christmas. Your Yule decoration sounded lovely and even better someone had made it for you. Happy Christmas :)

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      Genna East 3 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

      I just love these ideas, Anna. Thank you! :-)

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      Anna Haven 3 years ago from Scotland

      Hi Genna

      Thank you for taking the time to read and comment. :)

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      Suzette Walker 3 years ago from Taos, NM

      Anna: Lovely idea for a centerpiece! I did this one a few years back. I love it with just one thin candle. It is simple and so elegant on the table. I just used a clear plate instead of the piece of wood - but I like your idea of the piece of wood. I love using the real pine because of the smell and aroma. Thanks so much for this reminder!

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      Anna Haven 3 years ago from Scotland

      Thank you Suzettenaples for reading and commenting. A clear plate is a good idea if you have difficulty in obtaining a cut of wood. You are right the pine smell is lovely and very Christmasy.

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