DIY Christmas Centerpiece

by Chris on November 24, 2013

December is almost here, and I’m juuuuust starting to freak out a bit. I’ve purchased one present for Christmas, and I don’t even have a turkey for Thanksgiving. In 4 days. So what do I do when I’m under the wire? I decorate for Christmas. As part of my Lowes challenge this month, I decided to make a centerpiece for the holiday. I’ve been meaning to make one of these things for some time, so it was good to finally tackle it. Christmas centerpiece

I purchased a 10-foot piece of inexpensive wood and had them cut it on the spot for me. They cut three pieces the same (36″) and the two end/cap pieces to fit once we put them together. I think it was like $8.00?

How to build a table trayI used my favorite Rust-oleum stain in Dark Walnut to coat everything before assembly.

Rustoleum Dark Walnut

Assembly is so (SO) simple. It’s much like the bookshelves I made for my daughter’s room. Hold the pieces together and use a nail gun to nail them together. Done. You could easily nail it in manually, but I highly recommend the gun.

Build your own centerpiece

Lowes is also starting to get their winter greenery in (hooray!), so I purchased a 20-foot garland to use as embellishment. It was so easy, I didn’t even take a picture of it.

Fresh garland

I shoved a portion of the greenery into the tray, plugged some candles in place, then garnished with pinecones and Christmas ornaments.

Build a table centerpiece for Christmas
The “tablecloth” is just two yards of flannel that I purchased at JoAnns for $10. I have a miserable time finding tablecloths that I like or fit the one use I’ll get out of them, so this is an inexpensive alternative! Christmas table

It was extremely easy to make, and it cost me very little money. In my book, that’s a win/win. Now if I could just find some guests to come over for Christmas dinner…

DIY Christmas

Christmas decorating with plaid

You can see plenty more DIY ideas Lowes Creative Ideas. You can also follow them on Instagram,Pinterest, and sign up for the free Creative Ideas magazine and app! Whew! That’s a lot of inspiration!


Disclosure: Lowes provided me with a gift card to showcase this project as part of their Lowes Creative Ideas Bloggers’ team. All the thoughts and opinions are certainly my own. I don’t get gift cards for those. :)



nancy carlson November 24, 2013 at 11:34 pm

This is just too beautiful! Sooo easy! My favorite kind of craft. The other good thing is that you can make customize the length to fit wherever you plan to use it. I have the perfect scrap lumber… rough-cut pieces of a box that the former owners left for me.
Thanks for such an easy project! I will have to go to Lowe’s for some water based stain, though…

Jenny@EvolutionofStyle November 25, 2013 at 6:46 am

Love it Chris! So warm and rustic. Great job!

Sarah November 25, 2013 at 8:04 am

This is so homey and fresh! I love the natural feel. If I had a big Christmas gathering to host, this would definitely be on the list of To-Do items! Thank you for sharing. :)

Sarah :: Your Plucky Picaroon

Veronica November 25, 2013 at 9:40 am

Beautiful! Do you have any other photos of your end chairs? I have two small wingbacks I want to reupholster for my dining room and I’m trying to get ideas. Gorgeous room!

jessica @fourgenerationsoneroof November 25, 2013 at 6:30 pm

I love this and the dark walnut stain looks so pretty with your table linen choice. Nicely done :)

Rebecca Schultz November 26, 2013 at 9:00 am

I love your table and chairs. I’m looking for the same style chair but in counter height. Any ideas on where to look? Live the centerpiece too!

Barb Grooms November 26, 2013 at 1:46 pm

Hi Honey, How lovely and fragrant with the smell of fresh garland. You make your projects look so easy to do. Love the walnut stain too. I’m going to check out material for a table cloth. (Great idea) I love that plaid. It goes so well with your natural earth tones. If I use material for a tablecloth, I can get any lenght I need, plus endless designs. Don’t know why I didn’t think of that myself. See you Thursday! Love Mom

Julie December 2, 2013 at 12:58 pm

Lovely! Great job!

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