Make a Simple, Natural Holiday Centerpiece

Our dining room table gets a lot of use. In addition to the obvious (eating) it is also our craft table, school table, and sewing table. And because you can see it from both the living room and kitchen, it’s kind of also the centerpiece of our home.

So I knew I wanted to put something festive there for the holiday season, but with a 2 and 3 year old in the house, I didn’t want anything breakable, messy, or overly delicate. It needed to be something I could move often to get it out of the way when we need to use the table. And, as always, I wanted to do something that I wouldn’t have to spend money on.

This arrangement fits all of my requirements. It is in keeping with the country casual feel in our home. I can move it around without messing it up. I can change things out if they start looking tired. And, maybe best of all, it was FREE!


I found my inspiration on Simply Klassic Home (probably via Pinterest somehow…). The inspiration uses a galvanized trough, and I thought I’d do the same since I have one of those, but it’s larger, and rectangular, and just didn’t look right. So I went with a terracotta planter instead, and I love it.

All I did was put two pint-sized jars in the planter, with a couple of inches of water in the bottom of each. I filled in around the jars with pine cones the kids have collected from the yard the last few years (I was hoping to find something to do with them!)

All of the greenery were things I collected from our yard (as well as a few trimmings from our Christmas tree): white pine, red twig dogwood, trumpet vine, and rose hips. I just stuck them in the jars. I wanted a fuller look than the inspiration. You could always use less.

I should probably mention here that I stink at any kind of flower arranging. What I liked about this arrangement was that you really could just kind of stick stuff in the jars, and, because it’s such an informal arrangement, it looks right!

So, there you have it: free, easy, and natural. My kind of holiday arrangement!

Oh, and if you’re looking for something to do with your porch planters, Dave over at Growing the Home Garden has a similar idea for those. Stop by and have a look!

Edit: Here it is in the galvanized planter. I love the way it looks, but I’m not sure it looks right in our dining room. I’ll live with it for a while and see if I want to go back to the terracotta or not.