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Modern Christmas Centerpiece Made from Wood

Create this modern Christmas centerpiece with simple wood materials, paint, and Mod Podge. It would look awesome on your dinner table!

Make a Modern Christmas Centerpiece

Man Podger Walter has outdone himself this time with his gorgeous, modern tree centerpiece. Walter . . . is this going into your Etsy shop? I think some of us want it!! I know I do. If I have to pick my favorite type of holiday decor, it’s the kind that’s simple and clean.

Though I’ve been guilty of the more colorful, busy type of projects, the style just like Walter’s Christmas centerpiece is my favorite. This project is not difficult, and you can see how awesome the results are; I’ll let Walter tell you how it’s done.


This is a easy project that can make a statement to any decor for the holidays. I love mid-century modern design, so I decided to go with a modern Christmas centerpiece. Made out of wood, and simply stated.

Use any type of shape for the tree and whatever papers you desire. I will show in this tutorial how I made this particular one.

Make a modern holiday centerpiece with candles

Wooden Christmas Centerpiece

Gather These Supplies

  • 2 wood taper cups (can be found in the unfinished wood section of craft stores)
  • Screws and screwdriver
  • Cordless drill with a counter sink bit (I used a drill press)
  • 2 1/2″ x 7″ x 1/4″ piece of wood
  • Elongated triangle shape 3″ x 9 3/4″ (Use any shape or form to your liking)
  • 1″ wooden bead with a hole through it
  • Mod Podge Gloss
Step 1

Step 1: Prime all the pieces with FolkArt Titanium White. Let dry for about 20 minutes.

Step 2

Step 2: Trace the triangular shape onto your selected paper and cut. Do the same for the base as well.

Step 3

Step 3: Lay out all the shapes that have been cut out. Decoupage all the pieces and let dry for at least 15 minutes.

Step 4

Step 4: Paint the edges of the base with FolkArt Engine Red, then decoupage the top and bottom of the base. Let dry for 15 minutes.

step 5

Step 5: Once all the pieces are decoupaged you are ready to assemble. You have two options:

  1. You can use industrial glue to assemble everything
  2. use a drill press with a countersink bit and drill three pilot holes

Next, attach the taper cups with a 1/2″ wood screw and a 2 1/2″ wood screw through the base, wood bead and tree to secure.

Make a modern holiday centerpiece with candles

Step 6: Seal the whole piece with Mod Podge and let dry for at least 15 minutes. Add two taper candles and your project is complete!

Make a modern holiday centerpiece with candles

That was fun, simple, and I like the way my modern Christmas centerpiece came out. Remember to use whatever shape you like for the center and choose some interesting papers to Mod Podge. Have fun and enjoy this project!

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Sue @ Cakeballs, cookies and more

Friday 16th of December 2011

I love how cute and simple it is.

Ruby Jean

Wednesday 30th of November 2011

It's Me Again.. :) I thought being your newest follower and all... You might want to see a project I did using The Dimensional Podge... Here's the Link just in case you would like to take a peek.... :) http://shoprubyjean.com/2011/10/have-you-seen-these/

Ruby Jean

Wednesday 30th of November 2011

JUST came across your blog VIA the Polka Dot Closet... As I can see I am a Little late to the Party.. :) Just became your newest follower...

Lori m

Tuesday 29th of November 2011

Oh my this is perfect for my open shelves, love it!

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