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Friday, December 23, 2011

DIY Centerpiece for Your Holiday Feast | Family Economics

By Erin

It’s easy to get sidetracked when preparing for a holiday feast. You’ve got the menu chosen, the shopping list made, and then you realize that you haven’t figured out how to decorate your table.

I’ve got an idea that won’t cost a fortune. You most likely have a few of the supplies at home, and what you don’t have, you can likely find at the grocery store. That’s one less errand you’ll have to run during this busy season, and your guests will appreciate the handmade touch.

I’ve seen cute centerpiece ideas popping up around the Internet, including holiday bowls made of lights, holiday ornaments, garland and holly.

I love the ease and simplicity of these concepts, and decided that garland and holly would be a warm touch. See the instructions below to make your own holiday light centerpiece:

You will need:

•    Clear or frosted bowl
•    Battery operated holiday lights
•    Garland
•    Holly
•    Round, glass ornaments


1.    Place the holiday lights in the bottom of the bowl.

2.    On top of the lights, place enough round, glass ornaments to fill the bowl completely with plenty standing over the top of the bowl so they can be seen well.

3.    Place the bowl on a bed of garland and holly leaves to complete the centerpiece.

You can also find 10 other DIY centerpieces for your holiday feast in my Holiday Entertaining Guide.

What are some of the DIY centerpieces that you’ve made for your holiday table?

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On Saturday, December 24, 2011, Carol from $5 Dinners wrote

I like to take discarded or empty things, like festive florist pot coverings that's not really the pot, it's just the outer covering (bought for 50 cents the day after Christmas last year), foil gift bags or small beautifully pre-wrapped gift boxes for a dollar from Dollar Tree, and make centerpieces with them. You can wrap any cardboard box yourself, in foil Christmas paper and add ribbon, and use it for a centerpiece. I usually fill the containers with candles and silk flowers and greens. I accent with anything I have - ornaments, Santa, a stuffed toy "coming out" of a foil-wrapped box, etc. I never thought of using a frosted bowl & lights, that's really nice and elegant. I have filled $1 clear glass jars full of ornaments before, and nested the glass containers in greenery. I do a similar thing at Thanksgiving, filling a pumpkin with fresh or silk flowers & ribbon.


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