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Simple Christmas Centerpieces

Blue Mood

Add color to an all-white table by choosing some colored decorations for interest. These include white, which visually links them to the tablecloth, flowers, and bowl. This is a budget-friendly centerpiece solution since if you have bowls on hand, then one box of six large ornaments is all you’ll need.


Simple Christmas Centerpieces

Highs and Lows

Turn unused candleholders into ornament display pieces. A length of sparkly garland decorates the base, yet fresh evergreen sprigs would be equally as effective. Valuable ornaments should be secured to the candleholder with a bit of museum wax to avoid knocking them off their perch.

Simple Christmas Centerpieces

Tiered Tray

Here’s a lovely way to display vintage ornaments by setting them on a tiered serving piece. This one was created using three sizes of silver trays held together by two glasses and wads of floral clay or museum wax (also known as earthquake wax).

Simple Christmas Centerpieces

Gifts and Ornaments

Here’s an easy-to-duplicate idea that can take its cue from the design of the container. Small wrapped gifts are held in place by handfuls of colorful holiday ornaments. The gift bows of sheer ribbon add a bit more flair to the scene

Quick Last-Minute Gift Ideas

Sweet & Simple Stationery

Create custom stationery for a friend by embellishing an unfinished wooden or cardboard box and plain-Jane note cards with ribbon and buttons. Attach the ribbon and buttons with double-sided tape or hot glue. Line the inside of the box with brightly colored paper.

Editor’s Tips: No box? No problem. Use extra holiday ribbon to tie the stationery together into one adorable and thoughtful package. To ensure your spot on the good list this holiday season, include a decorative pen with the adorable bundle

Quick Last-Minute Gift Ideas

Pretzel-Toting Food Gift
Start stockpiling recycled materials to use for wrapping holiday food gifts. Just about any cylindrical container can be reused to hold tasty goodies and more. Fill these creative containers with the recipient’s favorite treats: biscotti, candy cane sticks, or the always-enjoyable pretzel sticks perhaps? Use wrapping paper, construction paper, ribbon, or fabric to decorate the outside, then attach a ribbon to the top of the container using a stapler, glue gun, or hole punch for a fast and easy, on-the-go treats.

Quick Last-Minute Gift Ideas

Inspirational Frame
Give a friend’s or family member’s desk a little holiday flair with a framed quote. This one is done with a seasonal motif, but you can adapt the project to fit the recipient’s passions or interests. Adorn the frame with scrapbooking stickers, beads, or even glitter to make it just as unique as your family member or friend.