During the holidays I like to pull out all the tricks with my decorating, but for the rest of the year, I prefer a more streamlined look. You won't find my house cluttered with knick-knacks. I don't want to dust anymore than I have to! When it comes to a centerpiece, I also like a simple approach.
When I saw these mercury glass pots at Pottery Barn, I was convinced that I could come up with a simple centerpiece for my dining room table. I snatched up three and headed home to come up with a plan.
With the holidays upon us, my plan was to create a centerpiece that I could use now and then swank up a bit for the holidays with some of the Christmas decorations I already own.
While I was at Pottery Barn the day I bought the mercury glass pots, I noticed these moss covered trees. These would be the perfect way to fill the pots, but at $49 each, that was more than I wanted to spend for a centerpiece. I would have to come up with a lower cost alternative.
A quick trip to Hobby Lobby was all it took to come up with a plan. My first instinct was to try creating the look of the moss tree, that wouldn't be difficult. Ultimately, I decided that the trees might look to "Christmas-y" to display after the holidays. Here is what I came up with instead:
These were so easy and so inexpensive. The only items needed were 3 six-inch Styrofoam balls (about $4) and a couple of bags of reindeer moss ($4.99/bag.)
An employee at Hobby Lobby suggested that I use low temperature glue sticks and a glue gun to apply the moss rather than using floral picks. I found it best to work in small areas, applying hot glue then pressing the moss in place.
I am still waiting for my new table runner to arrive from Horchow, but for now, this is the way the centerpiece is shaping up. I like the simplicity of it.
I added some mercury glass votive holders from Target (.99 each.) For the holidays, I'll add my table runner and maybe replace the candles with a single red bloom in each of the votives. I could also add pine cones, glass candle sticks ornaments... I will play around with it and see what looks best.
What will be in the center of your table this holiday season?