Making Christmas Centerpieces with Flair

It’s that time again — time to start making Christmas centerpieces for this year.

Whether you’re making Christmas centerpieces for your own family, a staff party, or a church banquet, here are three easy ideas you can’t do without!

1. Christmas ornaments

If you’re making Christmas centerpieces for a large gathering and need several that all look the same, this is the perfect project for you. It’s inexpensive, lightning fast, and all the components are reusable.

You will need

— silver trays or platters (depending on how nice an arrangement you want, you can use foil ones from the discount store)

— holiday ornaments, especially balls

— greens, bows, candles, and anything else you want to embellish your centerpiece

What to do

Simply arrange the ornaments on the tray! If you like, you can add a pillar candle in the middle and some greens or ribbon around the edges for that extra touch.

2. Sugared Fruit

Sugared fruit is an easy way to making Christmas centerpieces with a professional flair.

You will need

— 1 egg

— 2 tsp water

— fruit (plums, pears, apples, oranges, apricots, etc.)

— large pillar candle

— 1/2 cup granulated sugar

What to do

Mix the egg and water and coat the fruit in the mixture. Depending on how heavily you want them coated, either sprinkle the fruit with sugar or roll it in a plate of sugar. Let dry, shake off the excess, and place on a pretty plate surrounding the pillar candle.

3. A Wooden Box

It’s always have fun making Christmas centerpieces with an old-fashioned flavor. An old wooden crate stuffed with holiday niceties is just the ticket.

You will need

— a rustic wooden box (sometimes fruit or other items come in such boxes. They are also available at craft stores or, in a pinch, you could use a wicker basket)

— several pillar candles

— candleholders or soup cans

— floral foam

— greenery

— other decorations you desire (berry sprigs, bird nests, garland, etc.)

What to do

Put the candles in the box, standing them on holders or cans so they all reach to different levels. Dampen the florist’s foam and arrange it around the candles. If it’s too low, you can stand it on bowls or a second layer of foam. Press the greenery into the foam in an arrangement you like, and then add embellishments until it matches your heart’s desire.

Use these ideas as a springboard to your own creations. When it comes to making Christmas centerpieces, your imagination is the only limit.