31 DIY Christmas Centerpieces You Can Make Today (With Pictures)
There are plenty of things to think about as you prepare for Christmas, from getting the right gifts for family and friends to deciding between a real or a plastic tree. For many, though, the most important aspect of Christmas day is the feast that accompanies it.
Christmas dinner is indulgent and enjoyable, and getting the right table decorations is almost as important as getting the roast potatoes just right and making sure you prepare enough pigs in blankets.
Below are 31 clever and creative DIY Christmas centerpieces that are quick, easy, and affordable to make but that will help wow your Christmas dinners.
The Top 31 DIY Christmas Centerpieces
1. Beautiful DIY Candle Centerpiece by DH Ideas
|Materials:||Empty Bins, Floral Foam, Candle, Artificial Flowers, Spray Paint|
|Tools:||Glue Gun, Scissors|
Christmas candles are used to represent everything from the Star of Bethlehem to the miracle of Hanukkah. They’re also pretty, bring an ambiance to the dining table, and make for a great focal point in a display. This beautiful DIY candle centerpiece is easy to make and it only costs a few dollars to buy everything you require.
2. DIY Christmas Floral Centerpiece by Gathered in the Kitchen
|Materials:||Wooden Crate, Tree Clippings, Pinecones, Twigs, Ribbon, Fake Snow, Floral Wire|
|Tools:||Pruning Shears, Glue Gun, Scissors|
This DIY Christmas floral centerpiece uses festive items like pinecones and tree clippings so it not only has the look of Christmas but the pine-scented aroma of the festive period. But if you don’t have a real tree, you can use artificial branches. Combined with fake snow, you can create a great-looking centerpiece for the table. There is a bit of glueing involved, but nothing too taxing.
3. Chocolate Strawberry Arrangement
|Materials:||Floral Foam, Wood Dowel, Box, Fairy Lights, Wrapping Paper, Metal Cord, Strawberries, Chocolate, Wood Skewers, Edible Dust, Nettling Cloth, Wrapped Chocolates|
|Tools:||Knife, Scissors, Bowl, Spoon, Makeup Or Food Brush|
The chocolate strawberry tree arrangement is of moderate difficulty because it combines different skills, including a few fiddly skills, but there’s nothing especially difficult in there. And this not only creates a great-looking centerpiece, but one with edible chocolate-covered strawberry components, so it looks and tastes great.
4. Fresh Christmas Table Decorations by Marianne Songbird
|Materials:||Floral Container, Floral Foam, Evergreen Cuttings, Candles, Pinecones, Christmas Ornaments, Moss|
|Tools:||Knife, Scissors, Garden Clippers, Wood Log|
This fresh Christmas table decoration is ideal for those that have evergreen trees and plants in their garden or if you can get hold of a handful from the gardens of friends and family. It combines natural decorations like pinecones and moss with Christmas ornaments and is finished with candles to give a warm, festive glow.
5. Christmas Galvanized Tray Centerpiece
|Materials:||Galvanized Tiered Tray, Christmas Decorations, Decorative Jars|
The Christmas galvanized tray centerpiece uses a particular galvanized metal tray set. You can buy one yourself or use something similar. The plan does show how you can easily use Christmas decorations, even including festive salt and pepper shakers, to make a truly memorable and attractive festive centerpiece.
6. DIY Snowy Mason Jar Luminaries
|Materials:||Mason Jar, Glitter, Mod Podge, Ribbon, Tree Cutting, Flameless Tea Lights, Adhesive Spray|
|Tools:||Glue Brush, Glue Gun|
The DIY snowy mason jar luminaries use attractive mason jars, coat them in sprayed Epsom salts, and contain flameless tea lights. Flameless tea lights are battery-operated, which means that you don’t have to worry about the jar getting hot and causing a fire hazard and you won’t have to find a way to get into the jar and light a real tea light. Make three and include them in the middle of the table for a warm, festive centerpiece.
7. DIY Tin Can Centerpieces by Easy Peasy Creative Ideas
|Materials:||Empty Cans, Burlap, Ribbon, Wood Slice|
Probably the most difficult aspect of putting this DIY tin can centerpiece together is removing the labels from the cans. This is a great way to use those empty tin cans you have laying around after preparing a meal and you will likely already have some in the pantry that you will be able to use.
8. Easy Holiday Centerpiece by 33 Shades of Green
|Materials:||Glass Vases, Berries Or Branches, Floating Candles|
The easy holiday centerpiece in this plan can be made using your choice of Christmas tree cutting, holly, or other greenery. It’s that simple to make, you don’t need any tools other than perhaps some pruning shears or scissors to cut the branch, and it can be made in just a few minutes, so it is ideal if you’ve forgotten to prepare something sooner.
9. Beautiful & Free 10-Minute DIY Christmas Centerpiece
|Materials:||Evergreen Clippings, Berries, Pine Cones, Floral Foam, Pillar Candles, Wooden Crate, Jars and Cans|
This beautiful & free 10-minute DIY Christmas centerpiece is another that, once you’ve pruned and got your evergreen cuttings and berry cuttings, there are no tools required. You can also follow the plans to make your own wooden crate using an old pallet, in which case you will need a few more tools and a bit of time. Alternatively, you can use a bucket or even a box as the main vessel.
10. Yule Log Christmas Centerpiece by Life at Cloverhill
|Materials:||Birch Log, Candles, Greenery, Ribbon, Floral Wire, Berries, Pinecones|
|Tools:||Handsaw, Drill, Glue Gun|
The yule log was originally a Scandinavian tradition. People would carefully select a log and bring it indoors to encourage and celebrate the return of sunny days. The yule log gave way to the lighting of candles. With this yule log Christmas centerpiece guide, you can learn how to decorate and display a birch log with a host of other natural decorations.
11. DIY Christmas Centerpiece by It’s Always Autumn
|Materials:||Baskets, Floral Foam, Faux Greenery, Pinecones, Walnuts, Pillar Candle, Floral Picks, Wood Skewers|
|Tools:||Glue Gun, Scissors|
Christmas can end up costing a fortune in gifts, food, and treats. Making your own centerpiece can be a good way to save a few dollars, and with this basket-based DIY Christmas centerpiece design that costs around $25 when using thrift store bargains, it could save you as much as $100 or more.
12. DIY Christmas Centerpiece by Shanty 2 Chic
|Materials:||1x4x4 Wood, 1x2x10 Wood, Cup Hooks, Wood Glue, Nails|
|Tools:||Saw, Brad Nailer, Drill|
This DIY Christmas centerpiece is a little different from the rest of the list. For a start, it does require some woodworking, although it is only a few basic cuts and some nailing. You are left with a wooden frame complete with hanging ornaments and it looks great as a table centerpiece or table decoration.
13. Christmas Terrarium – Crafts By Amanda
|Materials:||Glass Vase, Plastic Container, Artificial Snow, Bottle Brush Christmas Trees, Red Truck Ornament, Craft Sticks, Wooden Skewer, Paint, Burlap|
|Tools:||Paint Brushes, Marker Pen, Glue Gun, Gardening Shears, Wire Cutter|
The plans for this Christmas terrarium include a festive red truck, but you could easily modify the design to incorporate any similar festive display. In this case, material requirements will change, but it could be a great way of using last year’s decorations or an ornament that you love but never gets to see the light of Christmas day.
14. Magazine Tree Christmas Table Centerpiece
|Materials:||Old Magazines, Spray Paint, Glue, Glitter, Decoration, Cocktail Sticks, Sellotape|
If you have a stack of old magazines laying around the house, this magazine tree Christmas table centerpiece is an effective way to give them a second life. It uses magazines with hardback spines rather than flimsy paper spines, but it produces a great-looking centerpiece that will garner a positive reaction.
15. Christmas Table Centerpiece Made with Evergreens & Ornaments
|Materials:||Evergreen, Pinecones, Ornaments, Basket, Pan, Fabric, Chicken Wire|
The Christmas table centerpiece made with evergreens and ornaments is another decoration that benefits from the use of evergreen cuttings, especially thanks to the natural aroma. But it can be made and look almost as effective using artificial greenery. You can also choose the main decorative element yourself to really personalize the display.
16. Easy DIY Christmas Centerpiece by Red Cottage Chronicles
|Materials:||Embroidery Hoop Sets, Spray Paint, Plastic Container, Floral Foam, Florist Tape, Evergreen Cuttings, Bow, Christmas Ornaments|
|Tools:||Glue Gun, Scissors|
The easy DIY Christmas centerpiece is a unique-looking and effective centerpiece that uses embroidery hoops to make a faux iron globe. The whole thing cost less than $10 to make and is so pretty you will loathe taking it down once Christmas is over.
17. Plastic Spoon & Fork Christmas Trees by Hip2Save
|Materials:||Plastic Spoons or Forks, Craft Cone, Paint, Ribbon|
|Tools:||Glue Gun, Wire Cutters|
These plastic spoon and fork Christmas trees are as easy to make as cutting the heads of plastic cutlery, painting them, and sticking them to either a Styrofoam craft cone or a papier mache one. Decorate with a simple bow and you have a festive-looking tree.
18. 3D Pasta Christmas Tree by Crafty Morning
|Materials:||Pasta Shells, Pasta Bow, Cardboard, Glitter|
If you don’t have plastic cutlery or are looking for an alternative, then this 3D pasta Christmas tree guide only needs dried pasta, some cardboard, and decorative paint and glitter. It does require the use of a hot glue gun, so you will need to supervise the kids if you’re encouraging them to get involved.
19. DIY Christmas Decorations
|Materials:||Glass Vases, Ribbon, Spray Paint, Christmas Flowers, Candle Holder, Floral Foam|
|Tools:||Wire Cutter, Scissors, Glue Gun|
The DIY Christmas decorations plan takes inspiration from a red and white candy cane to create a fun and colorful centerpiece. It uses ribbons and colorful Christmas flowers, as well as spray paint, to achieve vibrant colors.
20. Mason Jar Christmas Decorations by The Full Nester
|Materials:||Mason Jar, Epsom Salts, Cranberries, Baubles, Pinecones, Evergreen Cuttings|
It certainly isn’t the first time Mason jars have been featured on this list, and it isn’t even the first Epsom salts have made an appearance, either. Epsom salts really do give a snowy, frosty, Christmassy appearance and they’re safe and readily available. These mason jar Christmas decorations make the most of the Epsom salts and are easy to put together.
21. DIY Wine Cork Christmas Tree by Kendall-Jackson
|Materials:||Wine Corks, Craft Cone, String Lights, Ribbon, Bow Topper|
What represents Christmas more than the Christmas tree? This DIY wine cork Christmas tree is a great way to use a collection of wine corks (you need 150 of them) to make a decorative tree for the center of your table. As long as you can use a glue gun, you should find this one easy to make.
22. DIY Ultimate Cork Christmas Tree
|Materials:||Wine Corks, Twine, Burlap, Christmas Lights|
There is more than one way to arrange corks to create a Christmas tree-style decoration. This DIY ultimate cork Christmas tree plan arranges them vertically and glued to one another so you don’t even need the cone. It looks great, and the addition of the Christmas lights really brightens the decoration and the table.
23. DIY Wine Cork Christmas Tree by DIY Aficionado
|Materials:||Corks, Styrofoam Cone, Wooden Star, Toothpicks|
|Tools:||Glue Gun, Knife|
The DIY wine cork Christmas tree represents yet another way you can arrange corks to make a festive centerpiece. This one does require a cone to form the shape, and it also requires that you cut the corks, but that gives it a less uniform look that will definitely appeal to some.
24. Coffee Bean Christmas Tree
|Materials:||Styrofoam Cone, Acrylic Paint, Coffee Beans, Red Berries, Bow|
If your preferred drink is coffee, rather than wine, then this coffee bean Christmas tree might make a better display for you. Although the process is relatively simple, it will take some time and you may need to take a break from staring at coffee beans every now and then. Not only does it look good, but it also has an incredible smell of fresh coffee beans.
25. 3D Christmas Tree Cones Using Crochet Thread by Crafty Morning
|Materials:||Styrofoam Cone, Crochet Thread, Mod Podge, Plastic Wrap, Jewels|
|Tools:||Paint Brush, Scissors|
The 3D Christmas tree cone uses crochet thread wrapped around a Styrofoam cone to give the shape of a Christmas tree. It also has jewels or rhinestones to give the appearance that the tree is decorated. You could add your own decorations and even include some string lights to brighten the table up.
26. Easiest 5-Minute Bleached Pinecones
|Materials:||Pinecones, Craft Paint, Container|
These 5-minute bleached pinecones can be used in any centerpiece that calls for pinecones, or you can simply put a few in a bowl with some red or gold baubles to create a really simple decoration. The beauty of the bleached pinecones is that they aren’t really bleached. They give the same effect but achieve it using craft paint.
27. DIY Ribbon Wreath in Three Easy Steps
|Materials:||Wire Wreath, Ribbon, Pipe Cleaners|
The wreath is a really traditional Christmas decoration and a good wreath can set you back a fair amount. Alternatively, you can make your own wreaths, although it does take practice to get the arrangement right. Another solution is to make a DIY ribbon wreath in three easy steps. It looks good, sits comfortably as a table centerpiece, and is easier to master than a green wreath.
28. Easy Dollar Store Christmas Wreath by Re-Fabbed
|Materials:||Wreath Form, Ornaments, Embellishments|
A wreath form is the wire frame that wreaths of all kinds are built on. This easy dollar store Christmas wreath uses ornaments and embellishments that all come from the dollar store. The design primarily uses ball decorations and then fills in any gaps using embellishments, so you can choose your own additions to get the look you want.
29. DIY Wooden Star by Queen Bee of Honey Dos
|Materials:||Wood, Miter Saw|
The difficulty in creating this wooden star really depends on your ability with a miter saw. If you are comfortable cutting 36° and 54° angles, it will be an easy task. Otherwise, it might take a few practice cuts to get it right. But, the end result is an attractive-looking star that will stand in the middle of the table and direct your dinner guests to the food.
30. Snowy Tree Winter & Christmas DIY Table Decoration
|Materials:||Empty Tin, Burlap Ribbon, Sand, Evergreen Cuttings|
For the snowy tree winter & Christmas DIY table decoration, you can use floral foam to hold the evergreen cuttings in place, but you will need to wet it before you start. The plan suggests using sand and water as a substitute. The replacement still keeps everything in place but it also retains moisture well and you’re more likely to have sand going spare than you are floral foam.
31. DIY Twine Trees – Crafted by the Hunts
|Materials:||Styrofoam Cone, Cling Wrap, Glue, Cornstarch, Twine|
The DIY twine trees use a cornstarch and glue mix that is used to wet the twine. Once it has been placed and allowed to start setting, you can remove the twine from the foam so it leaves a freestanding twine tree that looks really effective and will retain its shape.
Christmas is a colorful, celebratory time of year, and for many people, the most enjoyable part of the experience is sitting down with family and friends and feasting on a Christmas dinner with all the trimmings.
As well as ensuring you have succulent turkey, crispy roast potatoes, and stuffing, the table decoration is also an important factor. Above are 35 plans for festive Christmas centerpieces that can elevate your dining table for the perfect festive feast.
Featured Image Credit: Anrita1705, Pixabay
- 1 The Top 31 DIY Christmas Centerpieces
- 1.1 1. Beautiful DIY Candle Centerpiece by DH Ideas
- 1.2 2. DIY Christmas Floral Centerpiece by Gathered in the Kitchen
- 1.3 3. Chocolate Strawberry Arrangement
- 1.4 4. Fresh Christmas Table Decorations by Marianne Songbird
- 1.5 5. Christmas Galvanized Tray Centerpiece
- 1.6 6. DIY Snowy Mason Jar Luminaries
- 1.7 7. DIY Tin Can Centerpieces by Easy Peasy Creative Ideas
- 1.8 8. Easy Holiday Centerpiece by 33 Shades of Green
- 1.9 9. Beautiful & Free 10-Minute DIY Christmas Centerpiece
- 1.10 10. Yule Log Christmas Centerpiece by Life at Cloverhill
- 1.11 11. DIY Christmas Centerpiece by It’s Always Autumn
- 1.12 12. DIY Christmas Centerpiece by Shanty 2 Chic
- 1.13 13. Christmas Terrarium – Crafts By Amanda
- 1.14 14. Magazine Tree Christmas Table Centerpiece
- 1.15 15. Christmas Table Centerpiece Made with Evergreens & Ornaments
- 1.16 16. Easy DIY Christmas Centerpiece by Red Cottage Chronicles
- 1.17 17. Plastic Spoon & Fork Christmas Trees by Hip2Save
- 1.18 18. 3D Pasta Christmas Tree by Crafty Morning
- 1.19 19. DIY Christmas Decorations
- 1.20 20. Mason Jar Christmas Decorations by The Full Nester
- 1.21 21. DIY Wine Cork Christmas Tree by Kendall-Jackson
- 1.22 22. DIY Ultimate Cork Christmas Tree
- 1.23 23. DIY Wine Cork Christmas Tree by DIY Aficionado
- 1.24 24. Coffee Bean Christmas Tree
- 1.25 25. 3D Christmas Tree Cones Using Crochet Thread by Crafty Morning
- 1.26 26. Easiest 5-Minute Bleached Pinecones
- 1.27 27. DIY Ribbon Wreath in Three Easy Steps
- 1.28 28. Easy Dollar Store Christmas Wreath by Re-Fabbed
- 1.29 29. DIY Wooden Star by Queen Bee of Honey Dos
- 1.30 30. Snowy Tree Winter & Christmas DIY Table Decoration
- 1.31 31. DIY Twine Trees – Crafted by the Hunts
- 2 In Summary