Looking for holiday and winter centerpiece ideas for the dining table? Check out these budget-friendly centerpiece ideas using the same materials.
While I LOVE to decorate, I want to streamline my efforts so I can tweak things without spending a lot of time or breaking the bank.
This transitional centerpiece idea hits the mark by using decor items that can be re-used throughout the winter.
Do you have a live or faux centerpiece on your dining room or kitchen table?
I love having a seasonal centerpiece in the dining room.
When you first walk into my home, the dining room is one of the first rooms you see.
Decorating the table with a gorgeous seasonal centerpiece warms up the room, adds some personality and makes me smile every time I walk by it.
Centerpieces do not have to be a stagnant piece of home decor. They can be designed to transition through seasonal changes with minimal time, effort and investment.
Wait until you see how!
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Centerpiece Ideas for the Dining Table
When I started planning my Thanksgiving centerpiece for the dining table, I envisioned an arrangement that could easily be changed to suit the next few holidays.
Although it was still technically fall, I wanted to use winter greens as the base to have the ability to swap out seasonal decor items for the next several months.
Check out the photos below to see how this centerpiece transitioned through the winter season so far.
Planters for Dining Table Centerpieces
We don’t have to use designated garden planters to create beautiful centerpieces. There are so many neat ideas out there to use as vessels.
For this centerpiece, I used a vintage toolbox and love how it turned out.
I found this cool vintage toolbox in Vermont at an antique store for about $15. When I first saw it, I knew it would make a great centerpiece!
To create your own, think about the things you love, that make you feel happy and inspires you.
See if you have anything laying around that can be used.
Consider the size of your table, how large and tall you want your centerpiece to be, as well as your existing decor.
Oftentimes, I have items tucked away that can be used. Other times, I buy new.
Some ideas for vessels include baskets, crocks, toolboxes, crates, suitcases tins, teapots, trays, to name a few. Think outside the box, find your inspiration and go for it!
There is no right or wrong.
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In addition to finding the right container for your taste and location, stocking up on greenery is a must!
I prefer to use faux greens because they last for several months without having to fuss with it.
Real greens dry out so quickly and are not budget-friendly if you want something long-term.
Can you make one using real greens?
But know that it won’t last as long and you’ll need to refresh your greens.
While faux greens can be costly upfront, you will get several years of use from them. I stock up, use and re-use faux varieties all year long.
Faux greens warm up living spaces, always look good and are worth the initial investment because they last.
As much as I love my real plants, sometimes faux is the way to go!
There are many shops, both big and small, where you can find good quality faux greens.
While there are a lot of good quality faux greens on the market, there are also many that do not look authentic. DO NOT BUY THOSE. When shopping, ask yourself, “Does this look real?” If the answer is no, walk away.
Arrangements don’t look half as good when faux florals and greens look fake.
Money Saving Styling Tip: Shop winter clearance sales to get more bang for your buck when purchasing faux greens and florals. While the best selection can be found in fall, if you hit the clearance sales right, you can stock up on a lot of essentials for half the price.
Shop for Winter Greens
Adding Seasonal or Holiday Decor
Chances are, you already have seasonal and holiday decor laying around that you can tuck in to a centerpiece. To save money, I repurpose things I have. If you don’t have anything laying around, then you’ll want to shop for a few key items.
Consider the size and scale of what you need. If items are too small, they will look dwarfed in a container. If they are too large, they will overpower the greens. So it is important to find the right balance. (To learn more about basic container design, see Container Gardening.)
For this type of arrangement, my rule of thumb is to find objects that are about the size of my fist for a centerpiece. Take a look at the photos below and notice the pumpkins, the Christmas gift ornaments and textured balls are all roughly the same size and do not overpower the small trees.
By swapping a few seasonal items out, the centerpiece gets a whole new look for a few minutes of effort.
Styling Tip: While working, step back and take a good look at your work. Is it balanced? Is there symmetry? Does it look full enough? Do you need more color and texture? I also take pics with my phone and look at my containers from that perspective. It’s amazing how much I learn from taking photos!
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Adding Natural Elements for Texture and Dimension
I like to add natural elements like berry sprigs and pinecones for additional texture and dimension in my winter centerpieces. Sometimes I’ll add more. Sometimes I’ll add less. It really depends on the look I’m trying to achieve.
In addition to natural elements and textures, I love adding fairy lights! They add just the right amount of twinkle on dark, cold winter days and really warm up a space.
There are so many varieties out there to use and they are very inexpensive. I suggest finding one that works on a timer so you don’t have to turn them on and off. Here is the one I am using on this centerpiece.
Shop for Seasonal Florals and Natural Elements
Want to Learn More About Designing Centerpiece Ideas for the Dining Table?
Find seasonal centerpiece inspiration here.
Learn the basics of container design.
Design easy outdoor planters for winter with these great tips.
I love a centerpiece that can be easily tweaked to get a whole new look. By stocking up on some simple greens, this centerpiece mirrors the season with very little money and effort.
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