I’m thinking about simplicity this season. Easy and pretty. Simple and elegant. Quick and affordable–you’ll know this if you saw my last tutorial for 5-minute place cards. For this project, I searched for pieces that would look great for a several and didn’t take a lot of elbow grease. I’ve had a color palette running around in my head that is copper with pops of other metallics and white, so I ran with it. And the best part is that I found a lot of my items at the Dollar Spot at Target!
- Decorative succulents, Growing Home
- Copper marble paper, Paper Source
- White Pumpkins, real or fake
- Rustic or natural pieces such as antlers, greenery like eucalyptus or pine boughs, or cotton branches
- Tea lights
- Mini light set (I found mine at Target Dollar Spot for $3)
- Variety of decorative pieces based on color scheme (mine are from Target last year)
Think of a centerpiece as having layers—it keeps it from getting too complicated and overwhelming.
Layer 1 – Paper
Use paper as a table runner or base for the center piece. It’s affordable and disposable and you can use any type of paper. I knew I wanted to use metallic and neutral whites and creams. Paper Source is a fantastic place for decorative sheets of paper but if you come across wrapping paper you love, or even just brown kraft paper, snap it up!
Layer 2 – Foundation Pieces
Add a foundation piece or pieces. These adorable succulent pumpkins from Growing Home are perfect, especially as a set of three. They have subtle gold and silver polka dots that don’t overpower. You could even place three of those in the center of your table and be done! And who doesn’t love succulents!?
Place succulents as foundation on paper. They could be in a straight line or more randomly placed depending on your style.
Layers 3 and 4 – Pumpkins (Real or Faux) and Decorative Pieces
Add pumpkins based on size. I used small white ones I found at the grocery store. Painting the stems with metallic paint would add a nice touch, but I decided to keep mine natural.
Add decorative pieces to add interest and fill in holes. I found the copper pieces at Target last year on clearance. You might have pieces in your house you can repurpose!
Layer 5 – Rustic/Natural Pieces
Add rustic or natural pieces. I used antlers but any kind of greenery would be gorgeous. Cotton branches, pine boughs, eucalyptus. Look at your local craft store for ideas. Or go outside and see what you can find!
Layer 6 – Lights
Fill in with light set. I found my light set at Target for $3.00 and the wire is copper so it worked perfectly. Finish with tea lights evenly distributed around and in the center.
Make your own version and share it over on Instagram! Tag me @kristiejcain – I’d love to see your own DIY centerpiece! I hope these ideas inspire you to do something simple and beautiful for your holiday table! If you love succulents, follow Growing Home on Facebook and Instagram! They share all kinds of fun DIYs and ideas to bring succulents into your life easily and without a lot of maintenance.
*This post was created in partnership with Growing Home. All opinions are always my own and I never write about items I don’t love!