To dress up holiday tables, festive Christmas centrepieces make spectacular decorations. If the cost of buying Christmas table centrepieces at the store has you reconsidering the addition of a centrepiece to the table this year, consider using Christmas decorations to make homemade centrepieces. Use on-hand decorations, such as lights and ornaments already in your stash of Christmas things. Because you craft the centrepieces from your personal supply of decorations, they coordinate with table linens and other household Christmas decor.
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Things you need
- Christmas ornaments
- Glass bowls
- Battery-powered Christmas lights
- Christmas tinsel
Poke through the collection of Christmas decorations that you chose not to hang on the tree or place elsewhere in your home this year. Select 12 or more glass ball ornaments to use in Christmas centrepieces. Keep in mind the colours that you would like to highlight on your Christmas table. Choose ornaments to complement them.
Select one or more decorative glass bowls to hold the ornaments. Choose any size bowls for the centrepieces. Set a large glass bowl in the centre of a holiday table. Place smaller bowls on both sides of the largest bowl.
Place a 12- to 24-inch string of battery-powered Christmas lights in the bottom of the largest glass bowl.
Set the ornaments you chose in the bowl. Fill the bowl to the top with the ornaments. Place the rest of the coordinating ornaments in the smaller bowls on each side of the centre bowl.
Scatter pieces of sparkly silver or gold Christmas tinsel closely around the base of each bowl.
Remove enough ornaments from the centre bowl to access the switch that turns on the battery-powered lights. Switch the Christmas lights on. Return the ornaments you removed to their original positions in the bowl.
Tips and warnings
- Buy ornaments at after Christmas sales to use in next year's Christmas centrepieces.
- Instead of tinsel around the base of the bowls, set other small Christmas decorations there. Place a grouping of wooden Christmas elf figurines or ceramic Christmas houses around the bowls.
- To ensure that your centrepieces glow when you want them to, switch the Christmas lights off in the daytime and when you are not entertaining to conserve batteries.
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