Looking for a quick and easy way to add to your Christmas table decor? Try this red and white Christmas centerpiece made with candy canes.
Red and white is a traditional Christmas color combination that never gets old. I love using it with gold like I did with my DIY white feather Christmas wreaths that I hung in the windows as part of my living room red and white Christmas decor. Which is why I opted for a gold trimmed ribbon for this candy cane Christmas centerpiece.
Red and White Candy Cane Christmas Centerpiece
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I don’t know about you, but I always seem to be looking for table centerpieces that are easy, inexpensive and small enough that people can see each other across the table.
And my Christmas table this year was no different…
Then I saw this red and white Christmas centerpiece on decoholic.com that was perfect. It’s simple, easy and inexpensive, but still looks elegant and feels “Christmas-y”.
So I set out to figure out how to make something similar…click next to find out what I came up with.
- Tin can or mason jar
- Double-sided tape*
- 30 full size Candy Canes*
- Scotch Tape
- Red and White Ribbon
- Velcro Dots* (optional)
- 3 or 4 Pine Cones
- 3 or 4 Wood Skewer Sticks*
- Red and/or White Flowers. I used a hydrangea, red carnations, white mums, and red roses…basically what came in the bouquet from the grocery store. Of course, you could also do all roses like the original version did.
- Evergreen Stems
Prepare The Tin Can or Mason Jar
If your can (or mason jar) has a label, remove it and make sure the container is clean.
Wind the double-sided tape around the middle of the can or jar. I had mounting tabs on hand, so that’s what I used…but regular double-sided tape would be a little faster. Just make sure to get the thick white type…double-sided scotch tape won’t work. It doesn’t stick out past the lip of the tin so the candy canes won’t stick to it.
Add The Candy Canes And Ribbon
1. Stick the first candy cane to the double-sided tape, making sure that it is straight. If this one isn’t straight, none of the rest of them will be either 🙂
2. Keep adding candy canes around the can. They do come off pretty easily so you may need to re-attach some of them as you go.
3. When you are finished, wrap scotch tape around the candy canes to hold them in place.
4. Wrap the ribbon around the outside of the candy canes so that it hides the tape. Depending on the type of ribbon you are using, you may or may not want to tie a bow. If you don’t want to do a bow, you can use velcro dots to hold the ends of the ribbon together (like I did when I was wrapping ribbon around these mason jar candle holders).
Make The Pine Cone Sticks
1. Stick the sharp end of the skewer into the bottom of the pine cone. You may need to drill a small hole if the skewer isn’t strong enough to stick into the pine cone (especially if you are using artificial ones).
2. Break the skewer so it is just a little longer than the height of the tin can.
Add The Flowers
1. Fill the can with water.
2. Cut the flower stems so the flowers are just taller than the height of the can.
3. Remove most or all of the leaves from the stem. When you have a small container like this, the leaves tend to get in the way.
3. Cut the evergreen stems so that they are about the same height as the flowers.
3. Add the flowers to the tin.
4. Fill in the gaps between the roses with the greens.
5. Add the pine cones.
The Finished Red and White Christmas Centerpiece
The finished centerpiece is very festive looking and doesn’t take long to make!
It looks great on my table.
It doesn’t take up too much room, but still makes a statement.
It would make a really pretty hostess gift, too…
Have comments or questions about our quick and easy red and white Christmas centerpiece? Tell us in the section below.
This post was originally published on December 20, 2016 but was updated with new content on December 16, 2023.