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Quick and Easy Christmas Centerpieces

Christmas Centerpieces to Save Valuable Time

Christmas is such a busy time and preparations can be overwhelming for families trying to put it all together and find that perfect day we all imagine.   I have a horrible habit of trying to make too many of my projects elaborate and it does not need to be that way. We can choose to make Christmas centerpieces that are easy and simple to put together.  No sewing, or gluing or painting required.

My theme for Christmas this year is Calm and Bright, using snow, ice, and wintery animals. With this in mind, I have three centerpieces for you that take less than ten minutes to put together.  No seriously, find some pretty things, some greenery, trays and if you have any battery powered mini lights in ten minutes these are all done.

Glittery Coffee Table Centerpiece

The versatility of trays is amazing, and they make coffee table styling so easy. There is no hard and fast rule in regards to what size or shape your tray should be used. It’s fine to use a round tray on a round table and it’s equally acceptible to use a square or rectangular tray.

Trays are your most important layering tool. Begin by placing a tray on your coffee table. The tray gathers everything together visually. Whatever you add to the tray becomes a grouping. Just remember to stack different on a tray, and vary the heights.

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To make this centerpiece you require a mirror bottomed tray, some white or silver ornaments, anything shiny, crystal or silver, glass beads etc.   For this one, I took a mirrored tray and added an older vase, candle holder, sprinkles of glitter and little crystals.

Easy DIY Centerpiece for Christmas, with white candles, snowflakes. a mirrored tray and glitter.

So simple to put together but I think it has a large impact.  It’s also very pretty at night with the candles on.f

Dining Christmas Centerpiece

When thinking of decorating your dining area for Christmas I bet the first thing you think of is a centerpiece for the table. Again there is no need to make something complicated. Grab a anay container you love, a dough bowl. tray, or basket you love. Add some greenery, candlesticks and candles. You can add in small Christmas balls, twinkling battery operated mini lights and thats all you need.

As I said in my Calm and Bright Christmas Home Tour,  we don’t have the luxury of a separate dining room, we eat all our meals at a kitchen table, Hubs also plays computer there all the time so the centerpiece needs to be easily removable.  This one couldn’t be easier to move around and has the added bonus of not being breakable.

A simple Centerpiece for Christmas using galvanized metal, greenery and white candles. A pretty DIY centerpiece for the Christmas table.

You will need a galvanized container, two metal candlesticks, two faux candles, some greenery, and either felt balls or wool pom poms to simulate snowballs.  My centerpiece also has some battery operated lights tucked into them, but it’s not necessary.

Easy DIY Christmas Centerpieces this simple centerpiece has a farmhouse style, and based on natural greenery.

Start by placing the candlesticks in the galvanized container, add some greenery to fill the container in tightly.   Finish with the snowballs and turn on the candles.

Easy DIY Christmas centerpieces, this one has a farmhouse style with a galvanized container.

Rustic Christmas Centerpiece

This centerpiece sits in our upstairs man cave or entertainment room.  It’s a little more rustic or masculine outdoorsy than the other two are.  To make this centerpiece you will need a tray or wood box. A small tree to add height. some winter animals of any type and five or six white dollar store dusters.  As the tray is totally covered it does not need to be a fancy tray.

Easy DIY Christmas Centerpieces, this simple centerpiece has a rustic Christmas feel, made with faux snow, reindeer and small tree.

Place the animals on the tray then the trees, if you want to add some mini lights for extra sparkle.

Using tin snips remove the handles from the dusters so that you only have the white fluffy part remaining.  Place the white fluffy dusters portions into the bottom of the tray and arrange so that none of the tray shows through.

These centerpieces were so quick and fun to literally throw together.  I  really like how they turned out and especially that they didn’t require much time or effort.

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Happy Decorating


Other Christmas Centerpiece Ideas

Simple small DIY Christmas centerpiece with greenery, white snowflakes and vintage mason jars with floating candles.

Neutral Christmas Centerpiece

Here is another very quick and easy Christmas centerpiece.

DIY Christmas Centerpiece for the Kitchen Table

Practical and Pretty Christmas Centerpiece

For this quick and easy diy Christmas centerpiece I shopped my kitchen starting with my favorite tiered tray.


  1. These are so pretty Leanna! I never thought of having a Christmas theme for the year, but I love the idea. I think my favorite of your arrangements is the mirror tray. So pretty & makes a big impact with the reflections.

  2. These are ALL so cute! I think the snowball one is my favorite. So creative!

    1. LeannaForsythe says:

      Those felt snowballs are my soft spot this year. I loved creating with them.

  3. Oh the candles in the galvanized container look just perfect with the greens around them! Love your centerpieces but that one is my favourite!!

    1. LeannaForsythe says:

      Thank you Katrin. The new style of faux greenery is so realistic now I love using them.

  4. These ideas are so creative! But I love how simple they are too! Thanks for sharing….We got some new ideas to try!

    xoxo Jodie & Julie

    1. LeannaForsythe says:

      Thank you… with being so busy sometimes simple is best.

  5. I love all of your centerpiece ideas! It is hard to pick my favorite!

    1. LeannaForsythe says:

      Thank you Kellie… sometimes simple and easy is what you need.

  6. I really like how you style around white. The glittery one is my favorite, it is so calming! If I had tons of money I would retain you as my official decorator:)

    1. LeannaForsythe says:

      Thank you very much Milena…. In my dream life I would hire you as my chef. xo

  7. Love all your centerpieces! I have a ton of those snowballs and we just have family snowball fights with them. I never thought to decorate with them. I’ll have to add them to my decor! Thanks for joining our tour this month!

    1. LeannaForsythe says:

      Thank you very much for including me. Those faux snowballs are my favorite new decor item I wasn’t able to find as many as I wanted to. They are fun to work with.

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