Welcome to Day 2 of our 12 Days of Christmas Series!


I LOVE how this next project turned out.  I am always looking for fun and different ways to dress up the dining table at Christmas time.  Check out my latest DIY Christmas Centerpiece!

Dining Table Centerpiece for Christmas

Christmas Centerpiece DIY

I love it!  Really this can be used anywhere.  I set it on my entryway table and loved how it looked there too!  This is a really simple and inexpensive project!

Supply List

1 – 1x4x4

1 – 1x2x10

7 cup hooks

wood glue

1.25” finish or brad nails


1 – 1×4 at 41”

2 – 1×2 at 40”

2 – 1×2 at 12”

Wood Cuts for Centerpiece

The first thing you want to do after making your cuts is to attach one 12” piece to one 40” piece using wood glue and nails.

DIY Centerpiece Tutorial

I used my Ryobi AirStrike brad nailer to assemble the entire thing.  If this baby isn’t in your garage or on your list, get it there now.  You will thank me… I promise.

wood glue

Nail Gun on Corner of Centerpiece

Attach the other 12” piece the same way.

Now, run a line of wood glue down the center of the 1×4 piece.

Gorilla Wood Glue on centerpiece

Line the rectangle up on this piece and attach it using the brad nailer or finish nails.

Ryobi AirStrike Brad Nailer

At this point, your project should look a bit like this.

Building a Christmas Centerpiece

Before attaching the other 40” piece, we are going to attach the cup hooks.  I found my silver ones at Target.  I spaced mine evenly across and used a small drill bit to pre-drill where each hook will be.

Predrill with Ryobi Drill

You can screw in your cup hooks by hand, or use this awesome bit to save you a ton of time!  I LOVE this thing.  I don’t use it on every build, but it’s the perfect attachment for certain projects like this one.  Plus it’s like 5 bucks at Home Depot.  Done.

Ryobi Eye Hook Driver

Ryobi Eye Screw Driver

hooks for centerpiece

After attaching all of the cup hooks, attach this piece to the other 12” pieces to create a rectangle.

And you are done!  You can finish your centerpiece however you want.  I chose to stain mine using Varathane wood stain in Early American.  After it dried, I used a sander to distress the edges a bit.

I used some twine to hang some ornaments and I was done!

Christmas Centerpiece

Christmas Table Centerpiece

Shanty2Chic Christmas Ornament Centerpiece

Christmas Centerpiece DIY

Thanks so much for stopping by guys!

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  1. Oh, I absolutely Love that; something that is completely different and unique and a great way to display some family heirlooms. I have ornaments that once belonged to my hubby’s family so they are packaged up very well for safe keeping.
    The only thing that I would do is arrange some greenery branches going across the top making it look like the ornaments are hanging from the greenery.
    My dining table seats 12 adults so I’m thinking about making 3 instead of one long one and adding faux green branches etc down the center.
    Ok, I gotta ask, where did you pick up those large pinecones at? Don’t tell me they are from your own yard. They are Hugh.

  2. gorgeous – can I ask the model number of your nail gun as there seem to be various different ones? Many thanks K x

  3. WONDERFUL! I’m with Funky Junk… Santa Baby, I want the bit thingy and a nail gun.
    ~ Christina in Cleveland

      1. You inspired me to get my first Ryobi tool.. a drill driver on sale at H.D. 🙂 Let the games begin! :))

  4. Love the new table can’t wait to see the plans. Also loving the centerpiece perfect for putting up special ornaments if you don’t want to get a tree

  5. Awesome!! What size finish nails were used? And can you please tell me what size finish nails were used for the Wall Art Shims project? Thanks! 🙂

  6. Oh my gosh… seriously so beautiful and charming! I’d love to hang that in a window.

    And I learned something… I want that hook bit thing! Oh… and the nail gun. Santa will be busy this year! 🙂

  7. You gals come up with the best ideas! What a great way to display really special / meaningful ornaments! I need to give this a try!