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A Repurposed Seasonal Centerpiece

For a wintery, eclectic, and modern decoration for a Valentine’s Day table setting that can be repurposed all through the year, consider designing a more natural centerpiece that can be adapted and reused across seasons.

To create this versatile and wow-worthy centerpiece, I used a variety of materials in neutral tones. I used printed newspaper to tie in to the repurposed book table runner, non-slip drawer liners for an interesting, paint-friendly texture, and an old fabric belt to incorporate black accents. I hung these from metallic silver branches to match the modern stamped tablecloth.

I’ll show you how I create the Valentine’s Day look – but the options are endless for all your occasions! Check out a few more ways to decorate with this centerpiece idea after the tutorial.

  • Collection of large branches
  • Tall vase
  • Spray paint
  • Newspaper or old book pages
  • Glue stick
  • Heavy fabric
  • Non-slip drawer liner
  • Christmas ornament hooks

Step 1: First, group together a collection of large branches in a vase. Cut or break any branches to make an arrangement you like.

Step 2: Spray paint the branches outside. I used metallic silver, but any color could work!

Step 3: Cut small hearts out of your different materials. I used about a dozen of each kind. 

For the non-slip drawer liners, cut the shapes and then spray paint in any color. I did a light pink for this display, and later spray-painted them metallic gold for the wintery Valentine’s Day tablescape. 

Glue together pairs of newspaper or book page hearts to give them more substance.

Cut more hearts out of any fabric.  I used an old fabric belt, but any weighty textile would work great (corduroy, flannel, denim, etc.)

Step 4: Use Christmas ornament hooks to pierce the hearts and hang them from the branches. 


Here are some other ideas to inspire for different occasions:

This Valentine’s Day hearts and branches centerpiece can serve you for well beyond this short holiday. Using natural branches as a base, the centerpiece can be adjusted for every season and holiday by hanging different decorations.

A statement piece like this would be great in a location where you keep the branches year-round and simply switch out the hanging decorations according to the current season or holiday. You can make it to any scale you want, but if it’s too large for your dinner table, consider using it for a buffet, decked out to match your party. 

Try adding fabric flowers or pom pom tissues to your branches for a sweet centerpiece that's perfect for the spring and summer seasons.

Tiny pine cones are perfect for bringing your branch centerpiece into the fall and really enhance the au natural look of your design, while shiny bulb ornaments are ideal for the holiday season.

Once the holidays are over, swap out the ornaments for glittery snowflakes to give your winter centerpiece a sparkly look.

And if you're more inclined to go the red and pink route for Valentine's Day, consider a pastel pink look for your centerpiece! We decorated our branches here with pink hearts cut from textured fabric and a few hearts punched from newspaper!

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Jennifer Kelly Geddes has hosted Christmas cookie swaps, New Year's open houses, Thanksgiving for 22, and all manner of dinner parties in her Manhattan and Ghent, NY homes.

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