Every year I enjoy coming up with a different centerpiece idea for Christmas.
For years I thought I couldn't "DO" centerpieces. (And after seeing this one, you might still think I can't, haha! 😄)
I have discovered a good centerpiece, or at least one I like, has some key elements: height, light, natural elements, and something unexpected.
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I started with the idea that I wanted faux copper mercury glass and after some trial and error I came up with a look that I like.
Using copper paint from Fusion Mineral Paint I used a paintbrush to dab the paint onto a clean jar (I got this one from Michaels for 90% off).
Before the paint dried, I sprinkled rock salt on the paint.
When the paint was dry I brushed the salt off.
I then sprayed the jar with a white vinegar to soften the paint up a little and blotted the paint with a rag. I also twisted the rag to take some bigger chunks of paint off. The final step was coating the jar with a clear glossy finish.
Have you seen these antler picks at Michaels? I bought a couple ($2.50 each) and also painted them with the copper paint.
I also cut some wood slices from a fallen branch and painted these with Fusion Mineral Paint. I drilled holes in them and put a piece of bailing wire dipped in hot glue in the hole to make wood slice floral picks.
I always set my centerpiece on a tray so I can remove it easily from the table when the table is full of food and people.
I stuffed the jar with a few different types of fresh pine branches that we cut in the woods over the weekend. You could use fake branches as well (be sure to buy GOOD looking ones!). I added some twigs from my yard, the fake antlers and the wood slice picks.
I then wrapped a strand of copper wired twinkle lights in and around the branches. I love these lights and you can get them HERE. I tucked the battery pack into the greenery.
I added a couple candles that I set on wood slices,and some real antlers and a few painted wood snowflakes.
The fresh pine smells so good and the lights are so pretty at night. I also made several wreaths with the fresh pine (I shared a how-to last year HERE). You can see them in this picture, hanging on the 6 original, 85 year old, schoolhouse windows. I will show them off better when I do a house tour in a week.
My quirky centerpiece was quick, inexpensive, and most importantly, makes me smile 😏!
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