Rustic charm meets elegant style in this Christmas centerpiece idea that will add a touch of sophistication and warmth to your holiday table.

As a passionate gardener who adores the beauty of nature, I always strive to bring the outdoors in, especially during the holiday season.

One of my favorite traditions is crafting a stunning Christmas centerpiece for my dining table. This year, I’m excited to share a DIY project that combines fresh or faux winter greens to achieve a rustic-elegant style that’s sure to impress your guests.

Are you ready to decorate for the holidays? Let’s get started!

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Decorating for Christmas with a Rustic Elegant Style

Decorating for Christmas with a rustic elegant style combines the cozy and charming elements of rustic decor with the sophistication of elegant design. Here are some tips and ideas to help you achieve this beautiful holiday look:

  • Use natural elements
  • Include greenery, wreaths, and swags
  • Add cozy candles and lighting
  • Create cozy layers with linen and textiles
  • Tuck in vintage and antique finds
  • Minimalist elegance
  • Use scented candles and potpourri

You’ll want to start with a neutral color palette that includes earthy tones such as browns, greens, and whites. Incorporate natural materials like wood, burlap, and jute. Wooden accents like reclaimed wood furniture or wooden candle holders can add rustic charm.

Be sure to include lots of Christmas greenery whether fresh or faux with wreaths, garlands, swags while tucking them in among other nooks in your home.

Keep in mind that sometimes, less is more. Embrace simplicity by decorating with a few carefully chosen elegant, natural, organic, and rustic elements.

Remember that the key to achieving a rustic elegant Christmas decor is to strike a balance between the rustic, cozy elements and the elegant, refined touches.

Pay attention to the color palette, materials, and overall aesthetics to create a harmonious and visually appealing holiday atmosphere.

When we create Christmas table centerpieces with a rustic elegant style, it’s important to keep these tips in mind so we strike the perfect balance with your Christmas aesthetic.

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Making a Rustic Elegant Christmas Centerpiece: A Step-By-Step Tutorial

Creating a rustic elegant Christmas table centerpiece is a great way to infuse your holiday decor with a charming blend of natural beauty and sophistication.

This centerpiece idea revolves around the harmonious combination of rustic elements like winter greenery, berries, and pinecones with an elegant vintage gold accent.

The result is a visually captivating focal point that evokes the warmth of a cozy cabin while exuding timeless elegance, setting the perfect tone for your holiday gatherings.

But the best part? You can make this Christmas centerpiece idea using fresh or faux winter greenery.

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Fresh evergreens at the garden nursery

Materials You’ll Need

Depending on your aesthetic, you’ll need the following materials. I’m not using all of these materials, but want to give you an idea of the types of things you can add to your DIY Christmas centerpiece.

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Step-by-Step Guide

One of the things I love about making festive holiday centerpieces is each one you make will look totally different. I’ve tried replicating ones that I’ve made in the past and they each have a different look to them. These are really fun to make and great way to express your personality and style.

Here’s how to make a DIY Christmas centerpiece for the dining table.

Select the Container

Choose a container that fits your rustic-elegant theme. Wooden crates or vintage toolbox can provide a rustic touch, while galvanized metal troughs offer an industrial look. Metallic or vintage ceramic bowls can add an elegant flair. Just make sure your container is shallow to create a visually pleasing arrangement.

For this rustic elegant Christmas centerpiece, I used this GORGEOUS vintage fluted bowl with an antique gold finish. I bought this last year to make flower arrangements for from my cut flower garden and absolutely love it!

And I have to say that I love it even more with Christmas greenery too! The vintage gold looks so pretty with the variegated evergreen foliage. If you want a rustic elegant centerpiece, this fluted bowl is a must-have.

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Prepare the Container

If your container isn’t waterproof, line it with plastic or a waterproof liner to protect your table. This is really important if you use something like a crate or vintage basket.

As you start adding greens, it may flop over initially while you work but it will balance and stabilize as you go.

Secure the Greens

Place your floral foam or floral frog at the bottom of the container. If using fresh greens, soak the foam in water until it’s thoroughly saturated. Ensure that the greens are at the desired height. If your foam block is larger than your container, cut it down to size.

Making the base layer for a rustic christmas centerpiece

Create a Base Layer

Start by arranging your base layer of greens. Use longer branches around the edges of the container and shorter pieces in the center to create a layered effect. Mix different types of greens for texture and depth.

For this look, I started with faux pine branches to create a base layer and then added a few more to create height.

Add Variety

Layer in additional greens with different colors and textures to create interest, depth and dimension.

Try to vary the colors and textures, such as pairing dark green pine with juniper, or silvery eucalyptus. You can even use larger foliage like rhododendrons or magnolias too. If using faux greens, fluff them out, bend, and manipulate them to look more natural.

For this Christmas centerpiece look, I used several juniper branches with berries to add a different texture and interest.

adding juniper branches to a rustic christmas centerpiece

Decorate with Pinecones and Berries

Distribute pinecones, holly berries, or other seasonal embellishments throughout the arrangement. These touches add a festive and charming element to your centerpiece.

But don’t overwhelm your Christmas table centerpiece with too many. Strike the right balance and scale with how many you use. And the number of extras you include will largely depend on the size of the vessel you use.

I recommend working with odd numbers and avoiding placing them in a linear fashion.

Optional Ornaments

For an extra touch of elegance, consider tucking small ornaments or decorative elements into the arrangement. Silver or gold accents can add a touch of luxury to your centerpiece.

While I did not include any in this rustic elegant look, I have used rustic ornaments in other DIY Christmas centerpieces. Here are a few examples of three different rustic looks I made using different rustic Christmas ornaments and baubles.

Final Touches

To complete the look, you can tie a piece of twine or ribbon around the container to enhance the rustic charm. Or leave it as is. You can also add a few candles around the centerpiece for a warm and inviting ambiance.

I usually don’t tuck candles in my dining table centerpieces. And instead, opt to use them in vintage gold candle holders with battery operated candles or dripless candles.

Placement

Once your Christmas centerpiece is complete, place it in the center of your dining table. Ensure it’s at a height that allows for easy conversation across the table.

If it’s too tall, no worries. Plan to remove it from the table when you and guests sit down to enjoy the meal.

While there are some general guidelines to follow where centerpieces are concerned, There’s no right or wrong way to make and enjoy a dining table centerpiece.

rustic christmas tablescape with centerpiece, candles, dinnerware, and more in the potager garden

How to Care for a Christmas Centerpiece: Maintenance Tips

  • Start with new floral foam for fresh arrangements to avoid any lingering bacteria from prior centerpieces.
  • Remove any evergreen foliage that will sit in the water to prevent bacterial growth which can shorten the longevity of Christmas greenery.
  • If using fresh greens, mist them lightly with water every few days to keep them looking fresh throughout the holiday season.
  • Add fresh water to fresh arrangements every few days to make sure they stay hydrated.
  • If you chose faux greens, simply dust them periodically to maintain their appearance.

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More About Rustic Elegant Christmas Centerpieces

With this DIY Christmas centerpiece, you can bring the beauty of the outdoors to your holiday table while adding a touch of rustic elegance to your decor.

It’s a fun and creative project that will undoubtedly impress your guests and make your holiday gatherings even more special.

Do you like to make centerpieces for your dining room or kitchen table too? I would love to know more in the comments below.

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Enjoy your festive season and happy gardening!

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16 Comments

  1. Goodness! This is just stunning, Stacy. You have such a gift for creating the most beautiful floral arrangements. This is perfect for the holidays. I love it!

  2. Stacy, I love your mix of evergreens, juniper and red berries in your centerpiece. It looks absolutely gorgeous on your table in your footed bowl. I really need to look for one next time I’m thrifting or antiquing! Happy Christmas!

  3. Oh my word, your centerpiece is absolutely amazing. I love your step by step tutorial. You make it look so easy and yet so elaborate. I have pinned and am definitely going to try to make my own for a Christmas gathering with friends. Thanks for the inspiration.

  4. What a showstopper, Stacy! That arrangement looks so gorgeous on your table! I love the mix of greenery you used and the berries and pinecones as accents. Great tips too. I’m so glad you could join us on this hop!

  5. Stacy you do rustic elegance beautifully! This centerpiece is a showstopper and not to mention so is your entire table! You have a gift!

  6. Such a lovely and fresh Christmas centerpiece, Stacy! Love the easy steps, and all the gardening info, too! You are quite amazing! Pinned!

  7. Stacy, your centerpiece is STUNNING! Your instructions are great, so I’m going to try to make one. I actually had seen the bowl and thought about getting it, but now I am. Beautiful centerpiece and table!

    1. Thank you! One of my favorite things to do is play around with winter greenery. I love all the different textures of evergreen branches and how they come together in an arrangement!