Why do people decorate their dinner tables for Christmas? What are some of the best ways to do this? Christmas is one of the few times every year that allows us to take time to make something crafty and beautiful in terms of DIY Christmas ideas. Creating a special type of Christmas table decoration is a great way to welcome guests into your home in a loving and caring way this holiday season. Tables are one of the few places in today’s world where we gather together to share time, stories, laughter and create memories.
50 Affordable & Artsy Christmas Table Decor Ideas
We know that Christmas is busy, money is tight and time is sparse. But trust us, taking just a few moments to create a table display that you can enjoy all season long is totally worth it. Ge ready to browse 50 of the most creative and crafty ways to dress the table and impress your family and friends this holiday season.
1. Birch Box Centerpiece
This recycled birch wood Christmas table decoration is a classic and simple edition to your dining room table. Wooden boxes are available in a variety of sizes from your local arts and crafts store, votives create a gentle and warm glow and you can get creative with the greens and reds that you add. For a longer table, try using 3 smaller rectangular boxes and spacing them out to create a fuller and more elegant effect. Experimenting with different paint colors, like a cheery red or calm cream, will change the mood and let you have some fun while doing it.
2. Starry Branches
Can plain old sticks be starry and bright? A simple string of lights, a trip into the woods (or into the backyard) to collect a few sticks, and an elegant glass jar. That’s all you’ll need to make this beautiful piece happen. Add some pine cones or some natural greens to the base of a transparent glass jar for a natural, earthy effect and enjoy Christmas in all of its natural beauty. Setting a few candles around the bases of the vases will pull the piece together and tie in the lights on the branches quite nicely.
3. Silverware Stockings
Spice up the place settings this year and bring the stockings to the table. Know a knitter? This is a fairly simple project that can be accomplished throughout the course of an afternoon, if you’re wanting a DIY Christmas, that is. Classic Christmas tradition says stick with red and white stockings, but we think it’s super fun to spice it up and add some texture to the table by using different colors, zigzags, polkadots and stripes! Have even more fun with it and make a game out of it, putting stockings that match each person’s personality around the table and have them try to guess where they are sitting! Don’t want to make them? Google “small stockings” and you’re all set to buy them.
4. Snowman Table Settings
This is one of the easier Christmas table decorating ideas that you can do without having to go out in search of unique crafty items. This is as basic as it gets and that’s what makes it so darn good. White plates, black olives, mini carrots, white placemats, black and red napkins, silverware and… voila! You are good to go! If you’re looking for some great decor ideas and a fun way to get the kids involved this Christmas and have them help out by setting the table this is a great way to do it. Good luck trying to get them to clean up; we’re not making any promises on that end.
5. Miniature White Christmas
It is all quite white and that is precisely the magic of this miniature wonderland. Even if there is no snow on the ground and no snow falling outside of the window, this elegant Christmas decor is sure to turn heads and spark conversation surrounding its simple beauty. Candles, a few stems of baby’s breath and a few white coffee cups make this magic come alive. Add a string of white lights (your choice!) and a few simple greens to contrast the delicate white and you’ll be surprised at how much they’ll both “pop” to create a calming Christmas glow.
6. Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree
Who knew that folding a few green napkins could create a fun Christmas tree on your plate? This is a Christmas staple and one to put in the cue for future decor ideas. You can get crafty and use jello instead of napkins, yellow starburst for stars and pretzel sticks for the base of the tree. This is a super fun DIY Christmas idea that leaves a lot of room for improvisation and is a great project for families or for kids. All you need is something yellow, green and brown. What you use is up to you!
7. Rustic Cabin Lantern Centerpiece
This is a great centerpiece for that cozy, country cabin. It’s easy to make and can be as simple as putting a packet of potpourri in a wooden basket and adding a few small ornaments as well as a handful of your favorite dried flowers. Find a rustic looking lantern or oil lamp to match the woodsy Christmas theme and there you have it! To change things up a bit, try putting a red, cinnamon scented candle at the center for a cheery aesthetic and a warming smell and this piece is sure to bring great joy.
8. Deck the Halls
This cheery little place setting stands alone and is sharp enough to allow each individual setting to speak for itself. The key to creating the perfect Christmas table decoration here is to find a great white gel pen that will write well and boldly on your black paper place settings. Of course there are other tiny details that help make this look super classy like gold silverware and the quirky, yet energetic, combo of polka dots and stripes on your dinner plate. Don’t worry, though, you can use any type of plate and spice it up however you’d like. If you really want to go the extra mile, get some fresh greens from your local florist and spruce up the table.
9. Old Fashioned Holiday Season
These dried leaves and seedling dishes are creative and crafty ways to serve up your snacks this holiday season. This DIY Christmas idea is a festive way to spruce up your happy hour without going all out and preparing a slew of table settings for dinner. Keep the colors neutral, bronze and gold to create a striking accent to the dark bourbon or whiskey that will compliment your dried fruits and nuts (almonds, cashews, pecans, popcorn) so very well. This warming display sets the perfect atmosphere for relaxing and chill conversation to destress and enjoy life with family and friends. Add some dried figs or goat cheese appetizers to take it up a notch. Yum!
10. Walking in a Winter Wonderland
White, white, white! Brighten up the dreary days of December with this all white Christmas table decoration. You’ll want to get some fresh and full bodied white hydrangeas from your local florist to dine with a delightful smell and give the impression that little snowballs are sitting on your table. Then, add some candles and go for the gold with the cutlery if you can (silver works great as well). While this photo displays everything white we know that what really makes this white wonderland come alive is the greens and reds that you will plate. Try serving up a delicious cranberry and kale salad or some asparagus with beets and carrots.
11. Tiny Box Forest
Create a tiny forest and place it on the center of your table with this simple Christmas table decorating idea. Get your hands on some cranberry garland, a basic wooden box and fill it with styrofoam so that you can stick some tiny little trees in it. It’s probably easier to buy three little trees from the store, but it’d also look great if you ventured out to the forest and cut some tiny branches off of a few pines for a fresh forest smell. To make this tiny box forest pop out, place a contrasting color of a table mat beneath it.
12. Candy Cane Name Holders
This is a simple Christmas table decoration that you can whip up in no time. We know the holidays have you busy, slightly more stressed out than usual and you’re running around like a chicken with your head cut off. We all are! If you’re looking for some great decor ideas and something festive but still want to save on time this holiday season, this is a great option for you. Pick up some festive ribbon, add a little glue to hold 3 candy canes in place and print off (or hand write) the names of your guests on little cards. Easy, elegant and effective. What more could you ask for?
13. Country Christmas Table Topper
Painted mason jars and all of your favorite Christmas decorations. This centerpiece is sure to be the center of attention amongst your guests. It’s definitely got an “Over the hills and through the woods to Grandmother’s house we go” country vibe going for it. Grab a few ornaments, get some fresh (or fake) greens, some of your favorite holiday trinkets (even ornaments) and start placing them in this 3 tier table topper. There’s no wrong or right way to create this one. Just have fun!
14. Reindeer Coffee Table Centerpiece
It’s easy to forget about the little details that make a home that much warm during all of the hustle and bustle surrounding the cold and crazed Christmas season. These coffee table decor ideas are a great way to tie in the Christmas spirit throughout the whole house. Use tiny reindeer figurines and matching ornaments to create a uniform and enjoyable centerpiece. Then add some pinecones and greens to the project as you see fit, light a few different sized candles at the center and before you know it, you have created something really enjoyable for an affordable price and in very little time. These are also great gifts to give to friends.