DIY Christmas Centerpieces (Budget Friendly)

by Lisa Douglas

We pared down a lot this holiday, to include our holiday decor that hadn’t lasted the years. This left our table bare, and me scrambling for what to put there that was (seemingly*) kid safe.

After weaving in and out of Target’s aisles, I saw some beautiful items, but that either seemed a) too pricy b) too dangerous (I envisioned kids getting knocked out cold from iron reindeer throwing games) c) not my style.

A friend sent me a few links to create my own centerpieces, and it inspired me to get off my butt, dig out my creativity, and go grab some ingredients to concoct something magical. This is what I found at our local Walmart:

DIY Christmas Centerpieces

What do you think? I love it! That tree in the basket is a live tree called “Norfolk Pine” for $5. (Isn’t it sweet?) (That basket is mine, and it fit perfectly inside!) The red tinsel tree in the center was $6 and the last one they had! {Whew!} And that gift in the back? That was FREE! It was part of a display they no longer needed, I found it in the trash can, and they said I could have it!

DIY Christmas Centerpieces

This vase is called the “Sidney Vase” and was $10, my most “expensive” item. The ball ornaments came in a tube of 4 each, in each color (gold, red and green) and was only $1 each. I purchased six but only needed 5 to fill it. I popped off the ornament clasp on each ornament, and staggered the colors.

DIY Christmas Centerpieces

This vase is called the “Poppy Vase” and was only $6! Each floral pick was only $1, $2 or $3 each. I used a Holly Bush, Velvet Poinsettia, a Glittery Fir and a couple other Holly picks with sparkles and berries on them. To mask the stems I cut with a wire-cutter in the vase, I used two $1 red sparkle curling ribbons (the kind to put on gifts and make bows with). (Also, that gold sled is something I already owned. I placed a wayward poinsettia flower and votive candle in it.)

DIY Christmas Centerpieces

Total spent? $38! Wow!! What do you think?? Do you create your own decorations when you can’t find what you want?

(P.S. I shared our homemade Christmas tree! Come see!)

(*P.P.S. “Seemingly” kid-safe because the present has been “opened” a couple times from a few excited children. Ahem.)

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