Since we get no snow in SoCal, we wanted to create an ambiance reminiscent of a white Christmas for once. So, we opted for a chilly blue and white theme to transform our sanctuary into a Christmas winter wonderland.
A lot of thought went into the design of these Winter Wonderland centerpieces. Stunning but inexpensive, you can create a magical ambiance for next to nothing. From the wire trees to the string trees, the whole centerpiece costs very little and is especially great for large gatherings where the budget is tight. This table was also the delight of dozens of little girls as it reminded them of the movie “Frozen”. I even heard a few of them belting out the “Let it go” chorus.
This post will take you through all the items and tutorials required how to make each item.
The centerpiece consists of :
- • White floral mesh
- • A wire tree
- • A glittery coffee filter tree
- • A string tree with an electric tea light
- • Some white and silver ornaments
- • Some random clear glass marbles
- • Punched paper snowflakes
The table settings were also part of the overall theme and consisted of:
- • Baby blue tableclotheses
- • Clear plates and cups
- • Napkins folded like Christmas trees
- • White doilies
How to make the wire Christmas tree:
Buy 14 gauge wire and a foam cone the size you’d like and just wrap the wire around the cone. Go around up and down once making it as tight or airy as you’d like. Gather 3-4 rounds around the bottom and secure them to the end of the wire. Each tree will be a bit different and I think that difference adds to the charm of the centerpiece.
How to make the coffee filter Christmas trees:
First, make cones out of cereal boxes. Get white coffee filters, the big ones with ruffles and cut the ruffles off. Start at the bottom of your cone and glue the filter ruffles in rounds until you get to the top. White craft glue worked best.
I then sprayed the cones with spray glue and sprinkled them with glitter to make them shine. The snowflake is a simple punchout of glitter paper. Here’s a really good coffee filter trees instruction post from iheartnaptime.
How to make the string Christmas trees:
My husband loves these trees. He couldn’t believe how simple they were to make and how elegantly they turned out. Make a cone out of cereal box cardboard wide enough to fit an electric tea light in. Wrap it securely in plastic wrap. Brush white glue on to the plastic wrap and wrap white thread around and around until you have the desired effect. You get to choose, thick or thin coverage. Once done, brush more white glue on top. Let dry then pop the carboard out and genlty pull the plastic wrap away and voila.
This tutorial from homemade gifts made easy is a bit different but you’ll get a good idea how the process works.
How to fold Christmas tree napkins:
I used this tutorial video for a little napkin folding inspiration. Don’t get hung up on the fact that the napkin on the video is cloth. The fold works great with a paper napkin too. However, instead of pins, which seemed like a bad idea in a group with a couple dozen toddlers, I decided to use white paper clips on which I hot glued a little snowflake confetti from my Frozen Christmas Party printable set.
Put the winter wonderland theme all together:
Drape your table with a baby blue tablecloth, lay a square of glittery white floral meshin the middle of the table then arrange your 3 homemade Christmas trees on top. Add sparkle with 3 or 4 ornements and some glass marblesand jewels.
Sprinkle the table with white snowflakes punched out of paper. I really love my extra large, Martha Stewart snowflake punch.
Place a transparent plastic plate on top of a white doily and top it with the folded napkin to complete the look.
The table numbers are available as part of my Frozen Christmas Party printable set
This centerpiece was so stunning and yet so easy and inexpensive to complete. It will make any party sparkle. Elsa and Anna guarantee it!