I was trying to think of a pretty centerpiece to use for my Thanksgiving table this week. In the past, when my mom was alive, she always sent a nice bouquet of flowers the day before Thanksgiving. I always looked forward to them but we would have to move them when it was time to eat because they would take up needed space on the table. I wanted something that didn’t take up much room so we could enjoy it while eating.
I went to my local craft store and wandered the aisles for inspiration. I didn’t want to spend more than $20 and I was hoping to find something that I could use for other seasons.
I had a loose idea of what I wanted to do and walking through a craft store often helps me gel things together.
Here’s what I bought:
I got 2 candles, 2 cylinder glass containers, a gold berry garland and a bag of small Christmas balls. The large cylinder vase is 6 inches around and the smaller cylinder vase is 4 inches around.
With my coupon it came to just under $20.00.
First, I decided to make a candle centerpiece with Fall leaves so I went out to my backyard and picked up a few and put them in the big cylinder so they went around the smaller cylinder with the candle inside.
If you have kids, you could get them to collect the prettiest leaves they can find to help you make the centerpiece. It’s an easy and cheap way to bring Autumn into your home. Here is what it looks like:
I wanted to go a little fancier for my Thanksgiving table, so I cut up a length off the gold berry garland, wrapped it around the smaller cylinder and here are the results:
Simple and elegant! I used the rest of the garland to decorate my TV cabinet. This one could actually be used for Christmas too if you wanted but I decided I wanted a different look for Christmas. I changed the candle to a red one, and filled up the space between the 2 cylinders with the tiny Christmas balls. Here it is:
I’m really loving this Christmas centerpiece. I still have plenty of the balls lefy over so I may go back and get some more cylinder vases and candles and make them for gifts.
Also, I’m thinking I can just keep this on the table and change it up according to the season or holiday. Like for Valentine’s day, I’d keep the red candle but maybe put some little red hearts around it. For Spring, I could use a pastel candle or put the cream colored candle back in and add some small pretty silk flowers in it. For Independence day, use the red candle and add some red, white and blue stars or confetti.
The possibilities are endless!
One caution: make sure whatever you put in between the 2 cylinders isn’t high enough to fall over into the candle.
So what do you think? Do you like this idea?
Article by Cathy Ratcliffe