Pull together this easy Christmas centerpiece in minutes. This simple magnolia centerpiece will work for Christmas, winter, or New Years.
This incredibly simple Christmas centerpiece is perfect for those of us who are always throwing a party together at the last minute. If you’ve got a magnolia tree in your yard, you can create this magnolia leaf centerpiece with items from in and around the house.
Magnolia leaves are perfect for holiday decorating and entertaining (here are over 25 ways to decorate with magnolia leaves). But, even if you don’t have access to a Magnolia tree, you could swap out the magnolia for pine and create an equally beautiful Christmas centerpiece.
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Simple Christmas Centerpieces
How do you make a simple Christmas centerpiece? Like my favorite easy Thanksgiving centerpiece, there are several key ingredients to any easy centerpiece:
- natural items
If you consider each of those components, you’ll pull together gorgeous centerpieces without ever taking a trip to the florist. It’s cheaper, quicker, and satisfies those creative urges, too (sometimes, I just have to make something).
Natural items can be anything from pumpkins and succulents to grocery-store flowers… or even a pineapple. And, truthfully, the “natural item” doesn’t even have to be real. Feel free to use faux garland like I did in this DIY Advent wreath centerpiece, or make your own flowers with this cricut flower template.
Candles aren’t a must for a Christmas centerpiece, but I like to include them when possible. The flicker of light helps make the space feel cozy. Even when they aren’t lit, candles provide additional texture and color in your table arrangement (like the black candles in my advent wreath or the brass candles in this black and gold table setting).
Use texture to give a Christmas centerpiece depth and interest. By adding natural items and candles, you will also create texture. Incorporate more texture through a brass vase, a stone pedestal, woven ribbon, etc.
Blue and Green Christmas Table
If you’d like a Christmas table that isn’t the classic red and green, try a blue and green Christmas table color palette.
A blue and green tartan plaid talecloth is the perfect backdrop for the rich greens found in magnolia leaves – while also incorporating a non-traditional Christmas color.
Mix in silvers with glitter-dipped magnolia leaf napkin rings and glitter-tape wrapped tealight candles. The silver, paired with glass candle holders, adds a bit of shimmer to the table.
Then, add blue cloth napkins to pull in more of that non-traditional Christmas color palette.
How to Make a Magnolia Leaf Christmas Centerpiece
- Clip 2 branches from a Magnolia tree that are approximately 2.5 ft.
- Clip 3-5 smaller branches from a Magnolia tree that are approximately 1-2 ft.
- Cover the table with a tablecloth. A plaid tablecloth pairs well with magnolia for Christmas time.
- Unroll kraft paper down the table's center as a runner.
- Place the two largest branches in the center of the table. The ends of the branch were they were cut, should overlap 5-7 inches. Place the branches so that the curves are opposite, creating and waved shape or "S" shape along the runner.
- Lay 3-5 smaller branches atop the first 2 branches, to fill in open spaces and create a fuller look.
- Tuck glass candle holders with candles in around the branches.
- Add several birch pillars (that are a different height than the candle holders) for texture.
- Place tealight candles atop the birch pillars in order to have candlelight at varying heights.