Hi y'all, Bama here! The holidays have finally arrived and it's time to deck those halls! There are so many ways to celebrate the season as you fill your mantels, stairways, foyers, and tables with holiday cheer. Looking for the perfect Christmas centerpiece for your dining room table? Here is one of my DIY Christmas centerpiece projects that is sure to get you plenty of compliments that costs less than $30. Plus, it's fun!
Step 1: Get Some Wood
Start out with a birch branch or a bundle of firewood. I, personally, love working with birch as they are so beautiful in their raw form, but they aren't always readily available or cheap. When you're looking to save a few bucks, go with the bundle of firewood. You can pick up a bundle on the cheap for about $5.99 from Home Depot. The ideal size to look out for is 14 to18 inches long with an 8 to 10 inch diameter.
NOTE: If you do decide to go with birch, skip steps 2 and 4.
Also, if you end up using a pine branch, be sure to put something underneath to protect against pine resin. I learned this the hard way. A clear piece of cellophane or wax paper will do.
Step 2: Prep the Wood
Peel any bark off of your branch and sand down any rough spots. Believe it or not, I just used one of my old kitchen bread knifes to peel the bark back and 150 grit sandpaper. Then wipe it down with a damp cloth to remove any dust or debris. Break out the hair dryer if you don't have time to allow it to air dry. It's really up to you if you like the more raw look of the bark. I just find that when making a Christmas centerpiece, the white stands out better with all the holiday trimmings.
Step 3: Drill
Take a 1 ½ inch spade bit and drill a hole just deep enough to pop in your tea lights flush with the surface of the wood. Before drilling, be sure to secure the branch to your work table using a clamp. Safety glasses are also a must when doing this project, as the spade bit will cause bits of wood to fly upwards; this goes for any of mom/dad's little helpers watching on the sidelines. Now, get to drilling as many neatly spaced holes as you like. Visually, I prefer to go with an odd number. For example, place 3 or 5 tea light holes in a 14 to 18 inch branch.
Step Four: Paint
Lightly spray the sanded branch with white spray paint (matte or semi-gloss) and let dry. Once the paint is no longer tacky, take a piece of 150 grit sandpaper over all the high-points to slightly remove the some of the paint. This will add character and dimension to your centerpieces.
Step Five: Add Color and Character
To pull your centerpiece together, place your branch in the center of a plain rectangular serving platter. Then start adding in garland, red berries and pine cones etc, to fill the empty space around your branch on the platter. I chose to deconstruct a wreath I picked up from Big Lots for $15. Since this wreath already had all the pieces I needed, it was cheaper than buying each item separately. Don’t want to spend the cash? Trim a few snips off your Christmas tree, collect bits from your own yard or deconstruct your old Christmas decor. To finish it all off, place in your tea lights. (Peppermint is my favorite!)
This is a project you can certainly do with your teens and younger children when properly supervised. Hope y'all have a very Merry Christmas and keep an eye out for more of my holiday DIYs!
Feeling inspired? Please tweet me some pics of your DIY holiday centerpieces @cheekybama
I would love to see how yours turned out!
Materials Needed: Branch 1 Can White Spray Paint (matte or semi-gloss) 1 pack tea lights Christmas Decor Items ( garland, red berries, pine cones etc) 18v Drill or Impact Driver 1 1/2 in spade bit Safety Glasses Clamps