Cranberry Christmas Centerpiece

December 22, 2010 · 14 comments · Print This Post

in Holidays / Entertaining

I feel the need to start this post with a nod to just how proud I am to have created something that looks as cool as this! I know that sounds completely narcissistic and horrible but I am so not a crafty person. Last year I made the ugliest felt Christmas ornaments you’ve ever seen so I hope you’ll understand if I lead off with a tad of bravado.

I originally was inspired to use cranberries as a centerpiece after viewing this post on The Kitchn. I wasn’t entirely confident that I would be able to pull off such an intricate looking task but one afternoon at the office I impulsively ordered all of the things I’d need online.

In my state of over zealousness though I ended up purchasing three 6-inch styrofoam florist balls. Unfortunately, as it took me two hours (or the entirety of The Holiday and up to the point in The Family Stone when Meredith checks into the hotel) to finish placing the cranberries — there will only be one centerpiece this year.

In addition, I’ve decided this will be a traveling centerpiece. It will dazzle me at my home for the next few days and then on Friday I’ll take it to Maine with me for my family holiday. I plan to spray the whole thing down with shellac first though. It’s like I crafted a cranberry baby. I’m very protective of it.

If I had one tip for those of you creating this I would say that it’s very important to paint the foam ball with a dark red paint and let it dry completely before you start breaking toothpicks in half and stabbing the poor thing with hundreds of ruby red berries and then placing it on a regal throne (aka whatever vase you have lying around the house). I let it sit for a few days, mostly because I forgot that I’d stashed the painted ball in a cupboard so the cats wouldn’t play with it. Now go forth and deck your halls with cranberries. There’s still plenty of time!

{ 14 comments… read them below or add one }

1 [email protected] December 22, 2010 at 8:22 pm

Very impressive! It’s snowing here in Maine so you can have a nice white Christmas. Enjoy!


2 LimeCake December 22, 2010 at 9:37 pm

Wow that is spectacular! Beautiful centrepiece, indeed. Happy holidays!


3 Kelly December 22, 2010 at 11:56 pm

That is simply gorgeous. I love the use of produce in a centerpiece. This looks so clean and chic. And given that (at least in my area) fresh cranberries seemed to be incredibly cheap after Thanksgiving (I got a bag at Aldi for 50 cents), potentially thrifty too. Happy holidays!


4 A Plum By Any Other Name December 23, 2010 at 8:15 am

You relish in all your cranberry glory: it looks fantastic! Merry Christmas!


5 Jane December 23, 2010 at 9:04 am

Wow! Very festive! Happy Holidays!


6 Hänni December 23, 2010 at 10:05 am

Very nice, Erin Cooks! Here’s another do-able Christmas craft for those of us who aren’t so naturally inclined:

Grab a styrofoam florist cone (I’d use the Michaels’ 40% off coupon) and hot glue gun Hershey’s Kisses to it. If you are going for a silver-themed Christmas, the classic Kisses work well. But kisses in blue, green, and red wrappers would be equally impressive. It looks like a mini, sparkly tree!


7 Michelle December 23, 2010 at 2:04 pm

So very pretty!


8 Monica H December 23, 2010 at 6:26 pm

Well your cranberry baby is beautiful Erin! Hope you get a family photo with it. ha ha!

All jokes aside, I hope you and your family have a great Christmas.



9 Bren December 23, 2010 at 7:44 pm

These are sooo cute! Merry Christmas…


10 [email protected] December 26, 2010 at 1:43 pm

Love the centerpiece! Will have to try it next year…I am all crafted out.


11 M- from 52weeksbaking December 31, 2010 at 3:25 pm

Omg i love that centerpiece!


12 Jess January 4, 2011 at 11:03 pm

Very cool centerpiece!


13 The Food Hunter January 13, 2011 at 5:04 pm

very cool!


14 les 2 gourmands January 18, 2011 at 10:34 am

to late for this year, but it is a very beautiful creation !!!


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