When I was in Atlanta for my cousin’s wedding, my sister and I were brainstorming some festive, but not overwhelming, and easy to make centerpieces for a table she was decorating in December.  I’m really happy with what we came up with, and I’ve even got 2 options to execute it for you!

Easy Rosemary & Cranberry Centerpiece

What you’ll need:

  • Glass containers / vases
  • Fresh rosemary sprigs
  • Cranberries
  • Water
  • Floating candles

My favorite crafts are always the ones where I have everything (or almost everything) on hand.  When I decided to make some centerpieces, I realized all I needed to buy were some floating candles – which I found at Hobby Lobby for a few bucks.

PS – You should totally plant a rosemary bush in your yard.  You’ll love it.


This is a really simple centerpiece that looks way nicer.  Fill your containers half way or more with water (not all the way up).  Place the sprigs of rosemary around the bottom of the container, and put your floating candle on top.rosemary_cranberry-centerpiece-02

You could leave it like this, but I’m in the Christmas spirit and wanted to add some red too (possibly a first).  I had some cranberries in the fridge leftover from an appetizer I made for Thanksgiving, and added them around the candle.

Since they float, they were right on top of the rosemary and it was a festive blend of white, red, and green.rosemary_cranberry-centerpiece-03

Light your candle and you’ve got a centerpiece!rosemary_cranberry-centerpiece-04 rosemary_cranberry-centerpiece-05

I put one container on our bar, and the other on our kitchen counter.  Of course I don’t always keep them lit, but they most definitely are when I’m feeling in the Christmas spirit at home!
rosemary_cranberry-centerpiece-07If you want a slightly different take on this, swap out the floating candles for an assortment of white flowers.  My sister did this for the centerpieces at a table that she was in charge of for her church’s tea recently and they turned out great!

She just got 2 varieties of white flowers from Publix for a few dollars and arranged them in various sizes of mason jars & vases.  I hear that their table got a lot of compliments too 🙂

rosemary_cranberry-centerpiece-11rosemary_cranberry-centerpiece-10I’m always a fan of easy projects that look fancier, and this one fits the bill for a last minute Christmas centerpiece!  Did I mention it smells great too?

PS – This is more of a 1-2 day centerpiece.  After a few days the water will start to break down the rosemary, so you’ll want to clean up before then!


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