Low-Budget Decor That Still Makes An Impact
Deciding to throw your own New Year's Eve soiree instead of fighting the crowds this year? Before you get Pinterest-depressed or end up spending all of your January rent money on Pier 1, take a look at this roundup of five stunning centerpieces, all under $25!
If there's one thing we've learned from decorating our own homes and watching HGTV, it's this: You don't need a huge budget to make a huge impact. Don't blow your budget on ridiculous china or overpriced centerpieces. Save your pennies for some extra fancy charcuterie, foie gras or a really nice bottle of Champagne instead.
Are you one of those families that takes down your tree right after Christmas? Instead of packing away those ornaments, why not place them in a vase, hurricane jar or soup terrine, as pictured above? To keep the look classy and simple, keep the ornaments in the same color family, like golds, silvers, creams and whites. For a touch of glitz, use ornaments covered in glitter and tinsel. To complete the look, simply place a few tea lights or sparkling candlesticks around the ornament clusters. If you already have a vase and ornaments, this centerpiece can be completely free! If not, a box of ornaments (like these) and a vase will only set you back about $25! Photography by One Kings Lane.
Candles and luminarias
Nothing creates an intimate, soothing and glamorous look quite like a collection of candles. Not only are most candles cheap (if you buy wholesale tea lights, candlesticks and pillars), they are so incredibly easy to customize. For a stunning and simple look, place a few tea lights in handmade lace or simple brown paper bags to create gorgeous luminarias. Or, cluster small pillar candles placed on crystal candlesticks around a glittery vase of seasonal blooms for some extra glamour.
If rustic is more your style, we love this simple Mason jar and tea light centerpiece made with different size jars decorated with splashes of pink and green from the flowers. Photography by Meg Perotti for Elizabeth Anne Designs.
Nothing says the holiday season like tinsel, right? To keep your house looking elegant (and not like something that came right out of 1970), limit the amount of tinsel you use. Avoid draping it or balling it up and, instead, place a few pieces in tall Champagne flutes or a thin vase. We love how Courtney Dial gussied up these glasses with just a dash of tinsel and some sparkly ribbon!
Place a few of these tinsel flutes (or wine glasses if you don't have Champagne flutes) next to a large chalkboard with the menu written on it or around a large vase of simple holiday blooms, like poinsettias or white roses. Add a few simple tea lights to create the perfect setting for less than $10! Photography by Kristen Steel.
Burlap is one of our favorite fabrics because it's super versatile and very cheap (less than $10 per yard). This fabric is perfect for creating a rustic, country and chic holiday tablescape. We've used burlap in a bunch of our favorite DIYs, including this Mason jar luminaria craft and this fluffy wreath, both of which can be used to make a simple centerpiece. To use the wreath, place it in the center of your table. Add a large fishbowl filled with gold ornaments or a cluster of milk glass vases filled with simple blooms and place in the center of the wreath. Add your favorite place settings and wah-la, you have a simple statement piece. You can also make a ruffle pattern around one large candle (as pictured) to use on your buffet or bar! Photography by House Tweaking.
If you're a fan of reusing decor, you'll love this centerpiece idea! Instead of blooms, candles or fabric, why not decorate with your favorite fruits and vegetables? Seasonal product like artichokes, apples, pomegranates, figs and pears make the perfect addition to any centerpiece. For a more seaside look and feel, fill a large hurricane glass one-third of the way full with salt. Add in one large open artichoke and flickering candles along the outside. If you'd prefer something even easier, stick a white pillar candle in a glass bowl and fill with your favorite fruit, like apples, oranges, limes, etc. If you have a little bit more time, use kabob skewers and Styrofoam to create an edible bouquet inside your favorite vase, bucket or Mason jar. Photography by Shelterness.
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