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DIY Christmas Centerpiece for a Kitchen Table

A Practical DIY Christmas Centerpiece for Small  Kitchens

This DIY Christmas Centerpiece is created to be practical, for those of us needing more space over the holidays.   Most of the year I don’t miss having a separate dining room, but at Christmas I really miss the ability to have a large gorgeous table centerpiece.  This practical DIY Christmas Centerpiece allows me to have a large centerpiece on the kitchen table that’s festive and pretty AND it gives me more storage.

How to Create a Simple Christmas Centerpiece on a Budget.

This DIY Christmas tiered tray starts with  the most basic items you will need for a table setting. To make one you need a large tray,  a large tiered tray is the best.  Other than the tray gather whatever table setting items you have along with some ribbon, greenery, pine cones, etc.   If you have a large tray already I bet you can do this with things you already have.

Supplies for your DIY Christmas Centerpiece

Start by gathering cutlery, plates, napkins, salt and pepper shakers, cream and sugar set, even cups and glasses if you have room.

Go through your items and pick the ones that match each.  For example, I have red plates, so I used white napkins.  These plates are a couple of years old from Home Sense.

Shop your Christmas boxes for any greenery, small ornaments, pine cones, beads, mini lights, garlands etc. that would match your colour theme.

DIY Christmas Centerpiece for the Kitchen Table

Adding Items to your Tiered Tray Christmas Centerpiece

As my theme is buffalo check I grabbed some black and white wire ribbon I got miles of at Michaels, and then shopped my cupboard for anything red, white, green or galvanized to add to the Buffalo check centerpiece.  The top tier cutlery is organized using an antique flour sifter, and a small milk glass dish, but enamel ware,   mason jars , or small vase will work as well.

The little candy salt and pepper shakers are the one new thing in this arrangement as I only owned a large pepper mill set.  I fell in love with this cute candy shaped shakers, so fun.

Galvanized and milk glass dishes for making a DIY Christmas centerpiece on a budget

Put the items you need for a table setting into their containers and then place in the tray.

Christmas heating pad, red plates, Christmas napkins with reindeer and pine cones in a DIY Christmas Centerpiece for the Kitchen Table.

Once placed in the tray,  add any additional decor you have, like this greenery, star lights and cinnamon scented pinecones.  Other suggestions are candles, unbreakable ornaments, salt dough ornaments, candy canes, a pretty Christmas tin of candy.  Just make sure to start with the table setting necessities you want first.

The back of the tray has a small wreath and the front is filled with red beads to hide the battery pack for the mini lights.

DIY tiered tray for organizing dishes at Christmas

The tray is just enough decor to say our table has a centerpiece, and because it holds everyday items it saves me time as Hubs and I can just grab our place setting for snacks, so handy, especially when it’s just the two of us.

This Christmas centerpiece keeps the table somewhat set up, provides Christmas decor, and is really great on the Christmas budget.

A Kitchen table decorated for Christmas with a DIY tiered tray centerpiece.
Three images showing a Christmas kitchen centerpiece sitting on a table decorated with practical Christmas decorations, like a heating pad, festive salt and pepper shakes, red Christmas plates and Christmas napkins.

Other Christmas Kitchen Decor Centerpiece

Inexpensive farmhouse DIY mason jar Christmas centerpiece

Neutral Christmas Table Centerpiece

Here is another very quick, simple and beautiful Christmas decor centerpiece for the kitchen table. This small kitchen table centerpiece adds a touch of decor to the kitchen but can be easily moved if needed. I love that both the table chargers and the mason jars are kitchen themed item reused for the holidays.


  1. I really love how it turned out! I love tiered tray arrangements, and I pinned this for next year!

    1. LeannaForsythe says:

      Tiered trays are so handy. They are great for organizing and saving space. Thank you Susan.

  2. HI Leanna! Sharing this for Inspire Me Monday on my blog, Not a Trophy Wife! Love it! laura

  3. I love the tiered tray idea with the ribbon! It could be changed out for different seasons. Think I’m going to get one and make a hot cocoa area with itfor Christmas. Thanks for the idea!

    1. LeannaForsythe says:

      That”s a great idea. Tiered trays are so handy and give you extra counter space no matter where you use them. Glad you like this one.

  4. You know how I feel about buffalo check so I’m loving this! You put it together beautifully!

    1. LeannaForsythe says:

      Thank you Michelle, I know you love it as well. I love what you doing with your home as well.

    1. LeannaForsythe says:

      Thank you Deborah. It’s a simple idea, but so handy and helps me work around the no dining room issue.

    2. LeannaForsythe says:

      Thank you Deborah, its a very handy workaround for getting a centerpiece when space is limited.

  5. Love this idea, Leanna! Perfect so you don’t have to keep running back to the kitchen for goodies and looks gorgeous at the same time! Would be awesome too if you decided to eat outside! Then all you would have to do is pick up your tray and move outside.

    1. LeannaForsythe says:

      I love to have beautiful centerpieces, but they use up more room than I have available. Your right, I should move it outside this summer.

  6. Ahhhhhh, yes that’s so perfect for a small space and it looks lovely too. I’m always on the lookout for ways to create more “storage” for our little house down by the sea and this one fits the bill. Great idea Leanna

    1. LeannaForsythe says:

      Your little home sounds so picturesque, and I know its artsy and so well designed.

  7. Your practical centerpiece is a great idea and it looks lovely. I love the milk glass piece. I have the same or very similar one.

  8. What a great centerpiece! It’s both functional and pretty πŸ™‚ Wrapping the outside of the trays with the buffalo check ribbon is a great idea.

  9. Yes to the buffalo check and galvanized tiered trays – you can’t get much more rustic than that πŸ™‚ Love this simplicity of this!

  10. I think this is a great idea to use for entertaining during the holidays in a big or small room. I love how you wrapped the galvanized metal with your signature black & white buffalo check. Very festive and inviting, Leanna!

    1. LeannaForsythe says:

      Thank you Marie. Our home is starting to come together the way I want it. I am glad because this old hen is starting to think about coffee and nibblies and nothing else lol.

  11. I like how you carried out the buffalo check theme on the centerpiece. Not only is it practical but charming as well.

    1. LeannaForsythe says:

      Thank you Debra. Every year I have to come up with some sort of centerpiece that I can move or make dual purpose. I would love to just have a beautiful centerpiece with fresh flowers. Maybe once we retire and move. Thank you for commenting, I really appreciate your positive input.

  12. What a great idea! I love when decorations are not only beautiful but still functional. Your tiered tray is so cute too!

  13. I love your tiered tray and the way you’ve styled it!

  14. Beautiful! Your tiered tray is so pretty & functional, I love the little touches and the black and white buffalo check!

  15. I do not own a tiered tray, now you make me feel like getting one. It’s gorgeous Leanna!

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