Handmade table decorations can be less expensive than what you find at the store, and as a bonus, they have your own creative stamp. You don't need to be especially artistic or skilled at crafts to make Christmas table decorations. And you might even be able to use what you have on hand. Look around your house for ideas, and you can put together some very attractive Christmas decorations in no time.
Make an arrangement of faux Christmas presents. Wrap three empty boxes. Tie ribbons and bows around them and stack them in the middle of your table. Hot glue them together.
Alternatively, wrap a cardboard box like a present, and cut off one side. Tape the paper to the box so it does not come off. Place floral craft foam inside the box and stick artificial poinsettias in the craft foam. You can also place a live poinsettia plant in the box.
Use small stockings from a dollar store, or make your own stockings out of felt to use as table decorations. With a glitter pen, write the first initial of each family member's name on each stocking. Put each person's silverware inside the stocking, and place a stocking beside each plate. You can also make your own stockings by cutting out stocking shapes from felt. Sew the outside of two identical stocking pieces together, and place the silverware inside. Use a regular-size stocking to hold extra silverware, napkins and serving utensils on the table.
Place a glass cylinder vase in the middle of the table. Put a smaller cylinder vase inside the vase with a tall pillar candle. Fill the gap between the two vases with fruit and nuts, such as cranberries, walnuts, kumquats and pecans. Other ideas for filling the gap between the two vases include miniature presents, small ornaments and candy canes.
Another idea is to fill glass platters with fruits and nuts. Arrange these in the center of the table.
Pine cones are inexpensive and work beautifully in homemade Christmas centerpieces. Take pine cones outside, and place them on newspaper. Spray paint the pine cones red, white and dark green. For an especially classy look, spray paint them white and gold or white and silver. After they dry, cover them with glitter spray. Place the pine cones in a large decorative bowl, and put the bowl on the table.
Another idea is to glue a polystyrene cone to a platter and use pine cones to create a Christmas tree. Tie floral wire around the pine cones, and stick the ends of the wire in the foam cone. Use larger pine cones around the bottom and smaller cones as you work your way up the polystyrene form. Completely cover the foam form.