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Christmas Centerpieces

Updated on August 30, 2017

DIY Christmas Decorations

Looking for a unique and easy DIY Christmas decorations for your mantel or a Christmas table decoration? Or, do you just want to add something new to your collection of Christmas centerpieces and/or décor?

This is a collection of some of my favorite Christmas crafts that are easy and fun for the holiday season. Pictures, instructions, suggestions and tips are all available for each craft - just chose the craft and click the link.

These crafts will allow you to show off your taste and match your existing décor because they are customizable to any color scheme or theme you already use in holiday decorating for your home. They make great gifts too. Use them for Secret Santa groups, friends, neighbor or club exchange gifts. They are very versatile.

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Christmas Centerpieces - Gift Box Candles - DIY Centerpieces

Christmas Centepieces - Boxes with candles
Christmas Centepieces - Boxes with candles

These are really fun to make and can be decorated for use outside the holiday season. Valentine's Day, Easter, Baby or Bridal Showers, Thanksgiving, Halloween and Independence Day are just a few that come to mind.

Have fun with it and start creating today!

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Tip:

Use the same concept and different colors and designs for each holiday or a special event. Gift box centerpieces would look great at a bridal or baby shower, wedding, Easter, Halloween party, Thanksgiving and much more!

Christmas Centerpiece - Ball Ornament Tree - DIY Christmas Crafts

Christmas Centerpieces - Ball Ornament Tree
Christmas Centerpieces - Ball Ornament Tree

Whether you make just one or a set of 3 (keep it an odd number) you will love making these Christmas ball trees. They are fun, beautiful and can be made to match any décor. I have made them out of "Hot" colors, retro greens and reds (my favorite), traditional red, green and white and everything in between. They were sold at numerous craft fairs and I even took orders for them. They are easy to make and something you will use on your table, fireplace mantel, hearth, windowsill, sofa or coffee table year after year.

Image: DecoratingforEvents - Mandee

Tip:

Christmas Ball ornaments come in a ton of different colors. I have made these in brown, gold, burgundy and ivory for Thanksgiving, pastels for Easter and hot colors because that's what my daughter wanted. The ornaments are hard if not impossible to find outside the Christmas season, so stock up now and make Balls trees throughout the year.

Christmas Centerpieces - Topiary Ball Ornament Tree
Christmas Centerpieces - Topiary Ball Ornament Tree

Topiary Christmas Balls Tree

Another version of the Christmas Balls Tree is the topiary form. This tutorial will walk you through, complete with lots of photos.

Take a minute and check it out. It may be your favorite!

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Crafting vs. Ready Made - Christmas Decorations

Do you like to make some of your Christmas décor or would you rather buy it?

Santa Belt inspired Gift Basket - Handmade Christmas Gift Container

Christmas Centerpieces - Santa Belt Gift Basket
Christmas Centerpieces - Santa Belt Gift Basket

This is a cute idea for a Secret Santa, Club member gifts, mailman or your favorite neighbor. Fill the bucket with homemade cookies, candy, a new calendar for the coming year and a Christmas ornament!

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Tip:

You can use a bowl, bucket, paint can, small, trim paint bucket or any other container for the Santa Gift Pail. It should be red (or painted red) and made out of something the felt will stick to well.

Christmas Centerpieces - Gumdrop Tree
Christmas Centerpieces - Gumdrop Tree

Gumdrop Tree Centerpiece

Gumdrop Trees are a very simple and fun centerpiece to make for the holidays.

Kids love to help when candy is involved. Just make sure they don't eat all the gumdrops!

Gumdrop Tree centerpieces are tall and skinny and don't take up much room. They are great for adding vertical height in an otherwise "same-size" grouping.

Cluster three together on different height pillar candle holders or make 3 from different sized cones and set them directly on the table. Either way, you get a visually appealing centerpiece.

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Christmas Centerpieces - Cake Stand Centerpiece
Christmas Centerpieces - Cake Stand Centerpiece

Using a Cake Pedestal to Make a Christmas Centerpiece

Simple and Easy Christmas Centerpieces

Have you got a cake pedestal stuck in a cabinet somewhere? Grab it and some of you favorite decorations for an easy and instant Christmas table decoration.

The link below will take you to lots of pictures, step by step instructions and supplies if you need them. Meet me over at this article and you will have a centerpiece in a matter of minutes!

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Countdown to Santa Chalkboard - The Kids Will Love It

Christmas Crafts - Christmas Centerpieces
Christmas Crafts - Christmas Centerpieces

7 Steps to a Countdown 'til Santa Comes Chalkboard - Kid Friendly Crafts

This is a simple, inexpensive and fun craft that the kids can help with! You will need:

  • 5"x7" plain framed chalk board
  • Paint - in whatever color you choose
  • Ornaments or embellishments you choose garland, beads, small Christmas signs, wood embellishments, ornaments, etc...)
  • Ribbon to match your chosen embellishments
  • 1 small wood candle cup
  • 1 stick of chalk
  • Hot glue gun (adult should use this)
  • 2 picture frame holder teeth or eye design (if your chalkboard doesn't already have these on the back)
  • White Paint Marker

  1. Attach the two picture holders to the back of the chalkboard frame.
  2. Paint the frame of your chalk board and your candle cup with your chosen paint color(s). Re-coat if needed. Allow to dry completely.
  3. Hot glue the candle cup to the frame. In the picture it is on the lower right corner
  4. Tie each end of your ribbon to the picture frame holders you installed on the back of the frame.
  5. Using your glue gun, attach your embellishments to the frame of the chalkboard.
  6. Write your message with the white paint pen leaving an area for the number to be written (and changed) in chalk. I wrote the following in paint pen:

    ____ Days 'til Santa Comes!

    The number 37 was written in chalk.

  7. Store the chalk stick in the candle cup.

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Ornaments to Finish the Chalkboard

What's you favorite Christmas centerpiece or craft?

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      BuckHawkcenter 4 years ago

      Still chuckling over "give me a catalog and a credit card!" The image just won't leave my head of me with my feet propped up and cruising a catalog with my credit card. Shame it can only be an image!

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      Wednesday-Elf 4 years ago from Savannah, Georgia

      For many years while the children were 'growing up', we had a homemade 'countdown to Christmas calendar from December 1 - 24 simply made of felt with yarn ties. Hard (wrapped) candies were tied under each number that the 'kids' got to take off (and eat) each evening. They would (naturally) get very excited as the days 'dwindled down' toward Christmas Eve! With 3 children spanning 9 years, this 'candy calendar' was popular for many, many Christmases!

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      Holley Web 4 years ago

      LOL, just fill the bucket with fudge or divinity and I'm happy@ I'll look like the little fat Santa after Christmas ;)

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      Sue Dixon 4 years ago from Grasmere, Cumbria, UK

      I keep it simple- greenery from the garden with a few glittery balls and candles. I love your lens, and have featured it on my "Best Christmas Stockings" lens. Hope that's OK!

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      anne mohanraj 5 years ago

      I just love this awesome lens! Thank you for sharing this !

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      noobeegin 6 years ago

      You are so crafty! Thank you for sharing your ideas with everyone!

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      DecoratingEvents 6 years ago

      @anonymous: Thank you! I have a lot of fun with it.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      I loved the Topiary Christmas centre piece and the handmade crafts. Absolutely beautiful décor for Christmas.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Awesome lens! love the Gift Box Candles!

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      Mona 6 years ago from Iowa

      So many wonderful ideas. I'm adding this as a featured lens to my Handmade Christmas Lensography lens. :)

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      Anthony Godinho 6 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Great ideas here - difficult to choose just one favourite - excellent work! :)

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      tssfacts 6 years ago

      What great suggestions. I always know when I read your lenses that I will get great ideas for any kind of decorating needs I might have.

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      kimmanleyort 6 years ago

      I really like the idea of the gift boxes and candles. Excellent ideas all around.

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      DecoratingEvents 6 years ago

      @LisaAuch1: What a wonderful gift to wake up too! Thanks so much Lisa. You Rock Angel! LOL

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      Lisa Auch 6 years ago from Scotland

      As usual a top quality, page from yourself, I love the Santa Pail!

      it is my honour to leave a sprinkling of magic Angel Dust, on this wonderful lens. Blessed.

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      DecoratingEvents 6 years ago

      @Sylvestermouse: Thank you! They are my favorite too. Before we moved, I had tons of balls grouped by color and made them non-stop from September to Christmas. I miss that! Guess I'll have to start again... lol

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      Cynthia Sylvestermouse 6 years ago from United States

      Really great decorations! I love the Christmas Ball Tree centerpieces.

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      poutine 6 years ago

      I like the idea of the Gift Boxes here.

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      poutine 6 years ago

      I like the idea of the Gift Boxes here.

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      DecoratingEvents 6 years ago

      @anonymous: Thank you so much Beth!

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      The Christmas ball trees are definitely my favorite! I'm going to give them a try this year! I have several people who will get them as gifts! Thanks for the suggestion! Blessed!

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      SuperZoe LM 7 years ago

      Oh wow, I just love the Christmas ball trees!! This will have to be my next decorating project. What a great idea, thanks!

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      DecoratingEvents 7 years ago

      @LotusMalas: Yup! The sooner I get started the better! Glad I could help! LOL

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      DecoratingEvents 7 years ago

      @Mickie Gee: Your welcome! I already had the set of three glass one in the 2nd picture! And, you are right. I love to re-use or re-purpose things. My mom always says "Make old things new again!"

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      LotusMalas 7 years ago

      This is VERY timely for me as I like to get ready for Christmas early! :-)

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      Mickie Goad 7 years ago

      I like your Christmas ball tree centerpiece. I must use some of the pretty candle sticks that I have. Thanks for the instructions!

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      DecoratingEvents 7 years ago

      @mbgphoto: Awwwwe! Thanks so much! I do like to make things and sharing the ideas makes it all the better!

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      Mary Beth Granger 7 years ago from O'Fallon, Missouri, USA

      You are so clever. Excellent craft ideas and instructions. Blessed by a SquidAngel