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4 Easy Holiday Centerpieces

Need to get your home in the festive spirit quick? These easy centerpieces will make any occasion brighter, whether it’s Christmas dinner, New Year’s Eve or simply a family holiday get-together.

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1. Quick Holiday Centerpiece

What you will need:
Large bowl
Gold Christmas balls
Fun-Tak
Burgundy 3-inch wire-edged ribbon
Small silver dollar eucalyptus branches
Dried pepper berry sprigs
Baby’s breath

STEP 1: In a large bowl, pile the Christmas balls, sticking them in place with small pieces of Fun-Tak, a gummy reusable adhesive. Next, wind the ribbon loosely through the balls. Cut the ends diagonally, and let it dangle over the edge of the bowl.

STEP 2: Attach pieces of Fun-Tak to the ends of the eucalyptus branches and wedge them in between the balls. Use the same technique to add sprigs of pepper berries and baby’s breath to fill in any holes. Remember to allow some of the elements to hang over the edge of the bowl to soften the arrangement.

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2. Christmas Ball and Centerpiece

What you will need:

Round tray
Blue spruce sprigs
Dried pepper berry sprigs (available at crafts stores)
Large silver Christmas balls
Clip-on candle holders
Small no-drip white tapers

STEP 1: Fill the tray with sprigs of blue spruce and pepper berries. Then tuck in the Christmas balls. Attach small clip-on candle holders to spruce sprigs in a circle around the edge of the tray, and finish with small no-drip white tapers.

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3. Frosted Fruit Arrangement

What you will need:

Powdered egg whites (such as Just Whites)
Sugar Assorted fruits, such as grapes, apples, pears, and plums
Pastry brush
Large plate
Nonstick cookie sheet
Platter for display

STEP 1: Mix powdered egg whites with enough water to create a thin mixture. Spread sugar on a large plate. Using a pastry brush, apply a thin coat of egg white mixture to each fruit, then carefully roll it in sugar and set on cookie sheet to dry. Allow fruit to dry completely before arranging. Or, to make an easier — but inedible — arrangement, spray fruit lightly with artist’s adhesive, then immediately roll in sugar. Let dry briefly before arranging.

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4. Pillar Candle Centerpiece

What you will need:

Plain pine wreath
14 dripless pillar candles of graduated heights

STEP 1: Place the pine wreath flat on the table. Place the tallest candle at the back if the arrangement is against the wall, or in the center if it is a centerpiece. Surround the candle with the others, graduating the heights, and light — it’s that easy!