’Tis the season to be jolly!  When Christmastime comes around, it’s hard not to get into the holiday spirit–from Christmas decorations in homes and in stores, to the gleeful background sound of Christmas music and carols, and of course who can forget the festive holiday foods!


To make your Christmas even more special, I’m going to show you how to create your very own floral DIY Christmas centerpiece in just a few easy steps!  Your handmade Christmas centerpiece will not only impress guests, but will also look amazing next to Christmas dinner!

Before you start creating your arrangement, we want to note that you can make the centerpiece without the flowers first to make it last longer leading up to Christmas. And when Christmas nears, add the flowers a day or two before to have your floral centerpiece extra fresh for the holiday!

DIY Christmas Centerpiece Materials:

  • Floral Tray
    • We used a round floral tray. You can even use a round soup bowl.
  • Floral Foam
  • Water (To soak foam and to keep flowers fresh)
  • Tapered Candle
    • We used one, red, 15-inch candle
  • Knife or Clippers (To cut floral foam, flowers, and greens)
  • Floral Wires
  • Floral Sticks
  • Millimeter balls clusters
  • Pine Cones
  • Holiday Greens:
    • We used Cedar, Variegated Holly, Balsam, White Pine or Sugar Pine. You may even be able to borrow some of these from local trees.
  • Flowers
    • We Used: White Cushion Pom Poms and Red Mini Carnations

How to Make the DIY Christmas Centerpiece:

  1. Cut the floral foam to fit the shape of your tray.
  2. Once the floral foam is properly adjusted into the tray, set the foam into water for about five minutes, so that the foam is completely saturated. If your floral foam has holes, which is actually preferred, you will want to place the foam into the water with the holes side down. The trick is to let the foam sink to the bottom, to allow it to absorb the most water possible.
  1. Place the soaked foam snugly into your floral tray.
  2. Now that the floral foam is secure in the tray, add the candle in the center. You can place the candle with a holder or without.  We used a 15” red candle, but you can use whatever color you prefer.
  1. With the candle in place, we are now ready to start arranging our floral centerpiece! Add your greens into the floral foam.  We started with the white pine, which can also be known as sugar pine. A helpful tip that I always consider when arranging centerpieces, is looking at the centerpiece as an extension of the table. Therefore, I always start low so that the greens are just about hitting the table and then work my way up to build up the arrangement. With the sugar pine’s long needles, I thought they were a good green to start with. After inserting a good amount of the sugar pine to fill the base, we added in the rest of our greens: balsam, cedar, and then variegated holly.
  1. Once we feel happy with our mixture of greens, we then added the pine cones and millimeter balls. In order for the pine cones and millimeter balls to stand out in the arrangement, we placed them on sticks by securing them with wire. In order to do this, wrap the wire around the pine cone and then wrap the same wire around a stick, until the pine cone is secure. Use the same approach with the millimeter balls. We created 6 pine cones on sticks, and 6 millimeter ball clusters on sticks.  Add the pine cones and millimeter balls on sticks into the arrangement, and make sure you spread them out to get an even balance!

7. Add the most delicate part of the floral centerpiece: the red and white flowers! You can add the flowers in whatever order you prefer. We started with the white cushion pom poms, and then added red mini carnations, and made sure that we created a nice balance of red and white alongside the greens for an extra festive look.

  1. Now that you’ve added all the pieces, it’s time to inspect your centerpiece for any “bald” spots, or spots that are lacking. Add your leftover greens, flowers, or decorations as you see fit to fill these empty areas to create the fullest centerpiece possible.
  2. Now that you’re happy with your Christmas centerpiece, place it on the table and admire it!

Enjoy and Happy Holidays!


With over 60 years of floral industry experience, Jerry Rosalia was born with a green thumb. Growing up in Brooklyn, New York, Jerry is a third generation florist, and has been with 1-800-Flowers.com for 31 years. With a smile on his face, Jerry lends his floral expertise to florists around the country through Bloomnet, 1800Flowers' floral wire network, in addition to writing for Petal Talk. In his spare time Jerry enjoys spending time with his family, being an Usher at his church, as well as eating out, bowling, gardening, and watching sports.

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