DIY Christmas Centerpiece for a Kitchen Table

A Practical DIY Christmas Centerpiece for Small  Kitchens

This DIY Christmas Centerpiece is created to be practical.   Most of the year I don’t miss not having a separate dining room, but at Christmas I certainly do.   On top of that, I get really frazzled when trying to do anything on cluttered countertops.  Its even worse in a small kitchen with guests and entertaining.  This practical DIY Christmas Centerpiece is my solution and it works really well.  I recommend trying it.

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On the first Day, we designed  Wreaths

On the Second Day, we made  DIY Christmas Gifts

On the Third Day, we created Christmas Countdown Calendars

On the Fourth Day, we put together Christmas Crafts for Kids

On the Fifth Day, cooked Party Food

On the Sixth Day, we did craft DIY Christmas Ornaments

It’s Day 7 and we are sharing Holiday Decor Ideas!

How To Put Together this Practical Christmas Centerpiece

This centerpiece is based on the most basic items you will need for a table setting. To make one you need a large tray,  a large tiered tray is the best.  Other than the tray you gather whatever table setting items you have.

Supplies for your Christmas Centerpiece

Start by gathering cutlery, plates, napkins, salt and pepper shakers, cream a sugar set, even cups and glasses if you have room.

Go through your items and pick the ones that match the best.  For example, I have red plates, so I used white napkins.  These plates are a couple of years old from Home Sense.

Shop your Christmas box for any greenery, small ornaments, pine cones, beads, mini lights, garland etc. that would match your colour theme.


DIY Christmas Centerpiece for the Kitchen Table


Adding Items to your Tiered Tray Christmas Centerpiece


Other than the tray, grab what other accessories you think may match.  I used a small milk glass dish,  Christmas salt and pepper shakers,  a small galvanized tray.  As well as an antique flour sifter and a heating pad that matches my farmhouse curtains.

Put the items you need for a table setting into their containers and then place in the tray.


Christmas heating pad, red plates, Christmas napkins with reindeer and pine cones in a DIY Christmas Centerpiece for the Kitchen Table.


Once placed in the tray,  add any additional decor you have, like this greenery, star lights and cinnamon scented pinecones.

Do the same with the other tier or tiers of your tray.


The top tier of a DIY Christmas arrangement in a tiered tray for a Kitchen table.


The top tier cutler is organized using an antique flour sifter, but any enamelware,  a mason jar, or small vase would work as well.  The little candy salt and pepper shakers are the one new thing in this arrangement.  I fell in love with this cute candy shaped shakers, so fun.

The back of the tray has a small wreath and the front is filled with red beads to hide the battery pack for the mini lights.


DIY tiered tray for organizing dishes at Christmas


The tray is just enough decor to say our table has a centerpiece, and because it holds everyday items it saves me time as Hubs and I can just grab our place setting for snacks, so handy, especially when it’s just the two of us.

My favorite part is that the tray not only provides a colourful centerpiece, it gives me a little more room in the cupboard.


A Kitchen table decorated for Christmas with a DIY tiered tray centerpiece.

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a pretty and practical Christmas centerpiece in red, white, and black buffalo check.

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24 thoughts on “DIY Christmas Centerpiece for a Kitchen Table

    1. Thank you Debra. Every year I have to come up with some sort of centerpiece that I can move or make dual purpose. I would love to just have a beautiful centerpiece with fresh flowers. Maybe once we retire and move. Thank you for commenting, I really appreciate your positive input.

    1. Thank you Marie. Our home is starting to come together the way I want it. I am glad because this old hen is starting to think about coffee and nibblies and nothing else lol.

  1. Ahhhhhh, yes that’s so perfect for a small space and it looks lovely too. I’m always on the lookout for ways to create more “storage” for our little house down by the sea and this one fits the bill. Great idea Leanna

  2. Love this idea, Leanna! Perfect so you don’t have to keep running back to the kitchen for goodies and looks gorgeous at the same time! Would be awesome too if you decided to eat outside! Then all you would have to do is pick up your tray and move outside.

    1. I love to have beautiful centerpieces, but they use up more room than I have available. Your right, I should move it outside this summer.

  3. I love the tiered tray idea with the ribbon! It could be changed out for different seasons. Think I’m going to get one and make a hot cocoa area with itfor Christmas. Thanks for the idea!

    1. That”s a great idea. Tiered trays are so handy and give you extra counter space no matter where you use them. Glad you like this one.

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