Are you looking for a fast and easy holiday centerpiece for your dining room table this season? I made this pretty “Christmas tree” centerpiece out of a 3-tier cake plate and some ornaments in about 15 minutes.
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I’ve been obsessed with these 3-tier cake plates lately. TJ Maxx and Marshalls are filled with them right now and I have somehow acquired three this year.
I have a problem, I know.
I chose this pretty wooden one for my centerpiece because it was the right size for my table plus each level has a little lip on it, which will help keep the ornaments in place.
First I added some large gold brushed pinecones.
Next, I built up the ornaments working from large to small. I love a monochromatic color palette, even during the holidays.
Once I was happy with the arrangement, I added a Christmas tree star to the top of the piece.
I lucked out and it fit perfectly! No extra engineering required.
I wanted to add a little more sparkle. I thought about adding a string of copper wire fairy lights to each level but decided against it. I would have to disturb the arrangement to hide the on/off switch and I didn’t want to deal with ornaments rolling all over the place. I ended up using some mini star gold wire garland, and it worked perfectly.
I added some gold and silver mercury glass votives and a few gold jingle bells and called it a day. I LOVE it when one of my random ideas comes to together quickly and easily.
Are you on the hunt for mercury glass votives? I was hired to do a special project earlier this season and I needed a LARGE quantity of them. I thought I might have to make them myself using clear votives (you can find my faux mercury glass tutorial HERE and HERE), but I found some at a great price on Amazon (affiliate links):
I got a case of 72 for $59.99. At $.83 each, I couldn’t have made them any cheaper and I saved myself TONS of time.
The project was SO MUCH fun! A friend of mine is the creative director for a local drugstore chain’s social media campaigns. Back in early October, she hired me to decorate the set for one of their video shoots and arrange the catering, which would double as part of the set dressing.
The venue was already spectacular – the Sinclair of Skaneateles, which is a stunningly renovated old shirtwaist factory.
I was scurrying around town in a panic trying to source Christmas decor amidst all the Halloween and Thanksgiving decorations but thankfully, Hobby Lobby and the At Home store had their holiday inventory out early. I made miles of holiday garland for all the railings, decorated a gorgeous custom fireplace and installed a large Christmas tree.
This is one of the finished videos, you can see my handiwork in the background:
Fun, right? It was such a cool experience and the team couldn’t have been nicer.
What’s your go-to fast and easy holiday centerpiece? I would love to see it.