17 Spectacular Winter Centerpieces
Amaryllis and Candle Centerpiece
Here's a flicker of an idea: With the help of these candle and flower centerpieces, the whole table will shine.
Using carnations to evoke a snow-covered tree, this centerpiece transforms the tabletop into a fanciful winter garden.
Red-and-white amaryllis recall classic candy-cane stripes and thus inspired this container. Cylindrical glass vases are wrapped in pearlescent paper or vellum and finished with red ribbon. Pure-red amaryllis anchor the grouping, and dishes of peppermint candies set off the display.
Rose Hip Arrangement
After the rose flowers have faded, jewel-hued rose hips carry the beauty of the garden into the next season.
Candy and Red Tulip Bouquet
Flowers and candy go hand-in-hand in this festive glass vase.
Create a serene winter holiday tableau with this simple arrangement: birch bark wrapped around glass cylinders filled with plants found easily at this time of year. Trimmings from the holiday tree and scented geranium leaves snipped from a house plant accentuate the amaryllis blooms.
Gilded Pear Baskets
Gold-painted pears look straight out of a fairy tale. This gold dust, however, isn't magic -- it's available at baking-supply stores. Magnolia leaves are also transformed with gold, in the form of floral paint. A beribboned, gold-dusted fruit welcomes each guest to the table.
Bleached Pinecones Basket
The distinctive plate-gold and brown of these pinecones is the result of bleaching. For contrast, we coated this new basket with green spray paint, and then lined the edge with a garland made from budded incense cedar.
Cranberry and Pine Basket
Glistening red berries shine inside a woodland basket. The base started life as a birch-bark bowl but became a basket with the addition of a pine handle.
Apples and Nuts
A green-and-red extravaganza of Gala and Lady apples, hazelnuts, and chestnuts fills this double-handled basket.
These candles light up the room even without a flame, thanks to a dusting of superfine metallic glitter. To make: Place a few in a large box and coat with spray adhesive (sold at crafts stores). Spoon glitter over the candles to coat; let dry overnight.