An easy way to create a simple, elegant and eco-friendly centerpiece for Christmas.
A holiday vase is the perfect center piece for displaying on the dining table at home or on your desk at work. You can choose a big vase or a small one. The options are endless. Mine is simple but the key is that all supplies were left over from other projects or I already had in the house.
This year I’ve decided to make center pieces for Christmas to add a little more holiday cheer. We love to decorate for Christmas and this year I plan on creating more decorations from items I already have around the house.
Here’s What You’ll Need…
- A glass vase
- Cinnamon sticks
- Small ornamental candles (optional)
What if You Don’t Have All the Items?
If you do need to buy, check out the local thrift store. Ribbon and vases are usually available. As for the cinnamon sticks, check bulk bins. I know my local Sprouts grocery store sells them in a glass container. As for the pine cones, we collected them from a fall festival we visited last year. We had fun picking them out and deciding which we would bring home. (Check with the owners of the property before collecting.) Another option is to ask friends who might have pine trees or go to the woods to collect some. Make a fun day of it and get outdoors.
Prepping Pine Cones
First, if you’ve collected your pine cones from the wild I might recommend heating or washing them before displaying them. This ensures that mold, mildew, bacteria and any small critters are removed. I choose to bake them. You can do this by baking them in the oven at 200°F for 30 minutes on a lined baking sheet. Watch them carefully so they do not burn or catch fire.
Let the pine cones cool off completely before assembling the centerpiece.
Assemble Holiday Vase
Add the pine cones to the vase. You will probably have to rotate and manipulate the pine cones a little to get them to fit nicely. After the vase if full, I propped up a couple of used cinnamon sticks toward the top of the vase and tied a ribbon around the neck of the vase. After assembling the centerpiece I put 3 small pine cone candles around the base of the vase.
That’s it. Simple holiday vase assembled in less than 15 minutes.
-Enjoy the holiday!
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