Decorating Inspiration: 5 Easy Holiday Centerpieces

When you’re hosting for the holidays, it’s your time to shine. The perfect way to show off your hostess-with-the-mostest prowess is by placing an “I-would-never-have-thought-of-that” stunner atop your table or in your entryway. Check out our five holiday centerpiece ideas for some decorating inspiration. They may move you to create your own unique showstoppers -- or just duplicate these and call them your own. We won’t tell.















1. Old is New Again

To create this simple centerpiece, interior designer Virginia Burney dug through her old and unused ornaments and found a hodgepodge grouping that looks like it came in a ready-made pack. Stick to two or three colors of ornaments so the display isn’t too jarring. Here, a couple shades of red are accented by gold and topped with fresh pine branches from the yard for the perfect Yuletide table topper (and the pine adds a nice, fresh scent too!).















2. Understated Elegance

Want an elegant holiday centerpiece for your table? Let your table sparkle and shine with white tulip arrangements adorned with pretty ribbon and sparkling silver ornaments. This one, created by Laura Trevey of BrightBoldBeautiful.com, looks crisp and classic. Placing a few identical arrangements atop mirrors adds extra sparkle. Flank the arrangement with taper candles to further add to the ambiance.















3. Centerpieces of a Feather

This centerpiece by interior designer Candace Volz is particularly attention-grabbing, but it’s a style that can be used year round. Find a beautiful display box at a vintage store, fill the box with craft Styrofoam (sold in blocks at craft stores), then stick feathers throughout the foam in your desired arrangement. Try peacock feathers for extra color!















4. Simple Style

Want a contemporary centerpiece? Go the route designer Megan Crane went by filling a tall glass cylinder with water and floating a single stalk of orchids in it. Use glass stones to anchor the flowers at the bottom. “To make it more dramatic, try adding multiple containers to the table or try different heights and sizes,” she suggests. “The result will be a custom-designed floral arrangement that is sleek and unique!”















5. Fun and Fruity

To create this colorful display, interior designer and artist Carole Meyer used artificial fruit placed in shapely glass containers. “I try to buy the most real-looking artificial fruit I can, which is a bit more expensive but the look is worth it,” she says. To add extra color and contrast, place green moss at the bottom. These fruit displays can work year round. For a look that screams holidays, use pine cones and Christmas decorations. “Let your imagination go and have fun!” Meyer says.

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Easy DIY Candlestick Cake Platters

When you’re entertaining, why opt for basic store-bought serving pieces when you can stand out with a dose of originality? Serve appetizers or desserts on a “made-it-myself” pairing of vintage plates and candlesticks.

Scour vintage markets or thrift stores to find stylish dessert- or salad-size plates and candle holders (pillar or taper work) -- or dig around in your attic for old favorites. The plate and candle holder should be in proper proportion to be paired together. Then, follow these easy directions to get a serving piece that is sure to double as a conversation piece.

What you need:

Candlestick with a smooth top (glass or metal is best)

A salad or dessert plate in desired style with a smooth center

Epoxy glue

Ceramic paint, optional

Sandpaper or primer paint, optional

Instructions

1.    If you’d like to refinish the candlestick, start by cleaning it with a damp cloth to remove any residue or dust. Either cover the item with a thin coat of primer paint, or use a fine-grain sandpaper to “beat it up” just enough for the final paint coat to stick (clean off any sanding residue with another damp cloth). Once dry, use a small artist’s brush to paint the candlestick your desired color.

2.    Once the paint is dry -- or if you’re working with the original finish -- place the plate atop the candlestick in your desired location (center is best). Turn the duo upside down and mark around the circumference of the candlestick top with an easy-to-remove marker, such as lipstick or a dry-erase marker. You’ll use this mark when gluing the two pieces together.

3.    Squeeze a good amount of epoxy glue onto the candlestick end. Firmly place it on the back of the plate in your previously drawn circle. Let sit for about 24 hours to allow the glue time to fully cure.

4.    Clean off any marks under the plate, top with your favorite recipes and serve!

Bonus Craft: To make a double-decker platter, attach a plate to the top and bottom of the candlestick, with a larger plate on the bottom to serve as the foundation.

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DIY Decorating with Halloween Lanterns

Gearing up for a Halloween fright fest -- or perhaps a candy-coated kids party? For some DIY decorating inspiration, try these easy Halloween lanterns. Bonus: It’s an earth-friendly way to repurpose old glass jars. Chic and environmentally friendly? Nothing spooky about that!

 

Materials

Glass mason jars, washed and dried

Spray paint in desired colors

Acrylic paint, black

Paint brush, small enough to paint detailed designs

Patterned ribbon

Tea lights

Step 1

Turn the jars upside down on your painting surface and apply several coasts of spray paint according to the manufacturer’s instructions. Let the jars dry completely.

 

Step 2

Paint your chosen designs on the outside of the jars with black acrylic paint.  (It may take a couple of coats to get a solid color.) Our favorites? Pumpkin faces, spiders, ghost eyes and bats. Let dry completely.

 

Step 3

Optional: Apply a coat of high-gloss varnish to the outsides of the jars. To finish your lanterns, glue a patterned ribbon around the top and place a tea light in them to add a nice glow to your holiday party. This is a great project for kids -- until you put the candle inside. Then please keep out of reach of children.

WIN $200 for Your Next Home Project!

Got a home improvement idea you’re excited about? Need some extra cash to help you get it done? Enter Home Rehab’s contest today for a chance to win a $200 shopping spree at Home Depot.

It’s easy to enter: Just fill in the form below and tell us about your project -- or better yet, show it to us! Best project wins. Good luck!

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