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Quick and Easy Centerpiece

Here is a quick DIY centerpiece idea I’ve been making in various forms for years. You might have seen it in yesterday’s post! It is so quick and easy! It is perfect in a pinch or when you want to set the table and move on to being the hostess with the mostess!

Quick and Easy Centerpiece

Here is how to make this easy centerpiece. Prepare to take notes and research the expensive tools you’ll need to create this because it is highly complicated and requires a finely tuned creative mind and many complicated steps.


1. Take any wreath you have on hand and fill the center with faux or real fruit, veggies, pine cones, ornaments, moss, shells or whatever you have that suits your occasion! Mix and match real and faux, whatever you want. No rules.


2. Well, then . . . you are done.

Quick and Easy Centerpiece

You can use real fruit. I have faux apples, pears, and real pine cones around all the time because they ALWAYS come in handy for centerpieces and general all-season decorating. I bought the apples and the pears at Pier One and can reuse them year after year. The pine cones are from Michaels’ Craft, I think they used to be scented. But now they are just plain old pine cones.

And I always have a few wreaths around my house as well because they just come in handy.

Remember, I keep the random seasonal decor in lidded baskets in my dining room, entry or family room so I can dig out whatever I need in a hurry. When you need a quick and easy centerpiece (because if you are like me, you don’t think about that sort of thing early enough!), you don’t want to have to go under the house where the spiders are or in the freezing cold garage.

Let’s flash back to September 2007 to see a similar centerpiece I created, shall we?

Quick and Easy Centerpiece

The Inspired Room Centerpiece, September 2007.
Why yes, I still have the same red glasses and
created the same centerpiece in 2007. Don’t judge.

This is kind of a funny story about my wreath centerpieces, or actually it isn’t funny and I just laugh at myself. Anyhooo. I wrote a post back in 2007 mocking this simple wreath idea and mentioned how many truly talented ladies there are in blogland who have fun for hours creating such beautiful things.

And then there is me.

I throw fruit in a wreath and call it a craft.

Oh me of little patience and usually too much to do.

Quick and Easy Centerpiece

Victoria Magazine October 2007

But anyway, about a month or so after I posted my centerpiece wreath in 2007, I got my Victoria Magazine in the mail and I was shocked to see a wreath centerpiece with fruit in the middle, surrounded by candlesticks. Pretty much like mine.

I’m sure it was a coincidence but I was kind of tickled to see an idea I wasn’t so sure was something to brag about right there in Victoria Magazine. It doesn’t take much to make me feel like a domestic table decorating goddess.

And look at me now.

Still blogging about this idea in 2011, because that is how I roll. I know I’ve seen it in several other publications since then, so it is still actually a great and pretty much timeless idea!

PS. If you did not see yesterday’s post, I shared a (free!) printable for your holiday parties!

Yellow plates (and taupe ones to!) are from Blessings Unlimited!

I have a great gift idea and giveaway this weekend, so come on back for it tomorrow!


  1. Katie

    LOVE this idea! I’ve probably seen this somewhere before, but it never really clicked until now how easy and awesome this is.

  2. Heather

    Love your story about the Victoria magazine! You see, when something works it can be used in many ways. Why do we feel the need to come up with something new all the time? Why reinvent the wheel when the wheel still works beautifully?

  3. Carolyn

    Quick and easy and looks fabulous… I’d say that’s something to brag about! This is actually a perfect centerpiece for me. I live in a Williamsburg Colonial style house, and I try to keep with the tradition of decorating with wreaths and fruit. Thanks for the idea!

    • Melissa

      Perfect!! You are welcome :-)

  4. Gina

    I love the simplicity of that, not to mention its *wink wink* technical specs. Sounds like something I could manage and I LOVE pine cones…so I’m thinking I just found my Christmas centerpiece. Thanks!

  5. teresa

    One can never have too many centerpiece ideas- thanks-
    Have a wonderful weekend.

  6. DeAndrea

    I love the simplicity of this centerpiece. You’re technical tutorial cracked me up. Have a wonderful weekend!

    • Melissa

      You too, DeAndrea!

  7. AmyE

    Yes … simple … but based on my experiences putting simple flowers in a vase … (and them looking ridiculous)… it is still your eye for beauty that makes this work so well. Confident that mine would look a bit haphazard and not like something out of a magazine (or blog). Still willing to give it a try. Need to start with actually owning a wreath. :-)

    • Melissa

      Honestly, Amy…Promise you. You can do this.

  8. Maya

    This is super cool! I’d fill it with fishing glass foats and shells… and, and!!

  9. Dana at Cooking at Cafe D

    Lovely, simple idea.
    I’m the sort of person who has too many wreaths. (Seriously how many can you have hanging around!)

    This might be the perfect thing for using one up – AND making a pretty centerpiece.

    Thanks for sharing it!

  10. GinaE

    Just love this idea!!! I noticed it yesterday and thought it was just so great. Now tell me what are those lovely little salad plates with the snowflake in the middle and where can I get them???

  11. Ashley

    Love the idea of using a wreath as a “bowl” of sorts. Looks great!

  12. Robyn

    Beautiful arrangement! I love the wreath with the fruit in it!

  13. Pinky

    LOVE, love this idea!!! Thanks! So many different ways to do this too! XO, Pinky

  14. Condo Blues

    Genius! I can’t even tell you how many wreath candidates I have for this project.

  15. maggie

    OK, I’m going to admit here that I am capable of making elaborate floral designs for weddings, parties and whatever. For myself at home I really like the simple things. I’ve done a similar wreath with a pineapple standing up in the middle and other fruit thrown in. You can even tuck a few fresh flowers in.
    I’m SURE Victoria magazine got their idea from you!

  16. kathysue

    Hi Melissa, I think you are always a little ahead of the curve!! You always have great ideas and inspire us all!! I think you are a tablescaping Diva-Goddess!!! Kathysue

  17. Grace

    The table centrepiece looks great and could be adapted to any season. Every Christmas I do the same centrepiece on my table year after year – like yours it is simple and looks good. I put about 5 white pillar candles on a silver platter and then surround them with mini red bead garland strands from the dollar store. There are so many garlands that they just look like masses of shiny red beads and set off the white candles. I love how it looks and love how simple it is.

  18. Pearl Maple

    Love the way you blend pretty ideas into something do-able, thanks for sharing the creative inspiration

  19. Katie

    Besutiful! I have to ask- in the first image- is that pop of blue in the background a window panel? If so, where did you get it! Love it;)

  20. Gina

    Bless you for still blogging about this in 2011! I am totally doing this for the holiday. A last minute change has Thanksgiving at MY house this year for the first time. This will be quick and I can use what I already have. Thanks so much!

  21. Theresa

    I started arranging florals almost 20 years ago. This wreath style is something I’ve seen before back in the day. It is a timeless wreath. I just love it! In my opinion, your wreath is more lovely than the Victoria one and something I would make for my home. Great job!

  22. Richard Brownx

    The combinations look awesome.

    Keep posting this kind of stuff.You’re helping people like me who don’t like to arrange things in house hehe.


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