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Easy Cranberry and “Snow” Mason Jar Centerpiece

Check out this cheap and easy cranberry and “snow” mason jar centrepiece!  While I was in Ottawa, my friend Ashley plied me with spiked eggnog and mulled wine and that’s why I very willingly helped her decorate her whole house for the holidays.  You already saw the DIY wood burned birch slice ornaments we made one night – that was a lot of fun!  She also whipped up some gorgeous outdoor decorations and put together really simple and festive evergreen sprays for her stairwell.  Then we trimmed her Christmas tree, decorated her mantel, and also set up the DIY wood A-frame ornament stands I made for her as a hostess gift.  Finally, we put together a cheap and easy Christmas centrepiece for her dining room table: cranberry and evergreen mason jars!

Epson salt crafts

Our Inspiration for This Project

When we were done, Ashley’s friend Amy admiringly commented that, “it looks like Pinterest in here”. Lol!  That comment made me laugh and it’s a compliment in my books.  Ashley is a huge fan of Pinterest and that’s where she spotted these cranberry, cedar and Epsom salt centerpieces by Madigan Made (with the mason jar twist by Yellow Bliss Road).  Ashley happened to have a basement full of glass mason jars (don’t we all?) and we stumbled across a huge jug of Epsom salt – and a giant bag of fresh cranberries – at Costco one night, so this super easy DIY cranberry and “snow” mason jar centrepiece had to happen.  It’s a lovely, natural way to decorate for the holidays – everything can be composted or reused, there’s nothing plastic here.

Mason jar crafts

This cranberry centerpiece creates such a nice ambience when the votive candles are lit (plus it smells amazing):

Inexpensive holiday center piece

Supplies:

  • Epsom salt
  • Fresh cranberries (we found a giant bag at Costco)*
  • Mason jars (we used two sizes but you can use whatever you have)
  • Tea lights
  • Fresh cedar boughs (we pruned her brother-in-law’s cedar hedges – aren’t we kind?)
  • Funnel (optional)

Can you use cranberries in centerpieces?

Absolutely!  They last a really long time and then can be composted – don’t eat them after they’ve been languishing in Epsom salts all holiday season.

How Do You Make a Cranberry Centerpiece?

Let me show you how easy it is to make this cranberry and “snow” centerpiece!

  1. For half of the jars, fill the jars with Epsom salt halfway
  2. Insert fresh cedar sprigs into the center
  3. Fill up the rest of the jar with fresh cranberries – they will keep the cedar upright
  4. Fill the remaining jars, about two thirds full, with only Epsom salt
  5. Top the Epsom salt-only jars with a votive candle

Cranberry, Cedar, Epson Salt + Mason Jar Center Piece

It took us all of five minutes to assemble this pretty mason jar centerpiece for Ashley’s dining room table.  I helped pick out her runner too – it’s it cute?  It has a little bit of a mid-century vibe thanks to the pattern, but the simple grey and white colorway is versatile enough for any holiday.

What Happens to the Epsom Salt When the Candle is Lit?

There’s just one thing to note:  once the tea lights had burned, we noticed that the texture of the salt changed from the heat.  It started off looking like salt crystals:

Crafts with cranberries

But in the shorter mason jars, the heat from the candle turned the salt a different texture – kind of like clumpy icing sugar.  The “glitter” was lost, but it still looked like snow.  Actually, it looked even more like snow, thanks to the powdery texture.

This cranberry and “snow” mason jar centerpiece still looked gorgeous, even with this little change in the texture, but I just wanted to make mention of it!

Easy center piece idea

I love this idea for an easy, last minute holiday centerpiece.  And it was inexpensive too!  You could also substitute the cranberries for something scavenged, like small pine cones, or even something like wood beads painted red that you can reuse next year.  You can customize this basic idea to suit what you have to make this as budget-friendly as possible.

P.S. Don’t Forget to Pin for Later!

Cranberry Centerpiece Idea

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11 Comments

  1. Marigene
    December 15, 2015 / 3:38 pm

    Ah, spiked eggnog can do wonders! Simply beautiful! I love the simplicity of this centerpiece. How long will the cranberries last before shriveling up?

    • Tanya from Dans le Lakehouse
      December 15, 2015 / 9:34 pm

      Good question! I will ask Ashley to keep me posted on how long they end up lasting. They've lasted over a week already.

  2. Anonymous
    December 15, 2015 / 10:03 pm

    So pretty! But I'm sad that all of those yummy cranberries are going to shrivel up and die uneaten. Seems like such a waste šŸ™ Isn't there something else one could use instead of edible stuff?

    • Tanya from Dans le Lakehouse
      December 15, 2015 / 11:26 pm

      You could definitely use faux cranberries or maybe even some kind of red bead or bauble – you can buy all kinds of look-a-likes at craft stores. Using the real thing is a lot like buying fresh cut flowers or putting up a real tree or making a real evergreen wreath: they bring joy, but don't live forever and eventually end up in the compost bin. If it makes someone happy, can we really say it's a waste? Deep philosophical questions here šŸ™‚

  3. Maggie Overby
    December 16, 2015 / 2:12 am

    So pretty, what a great idea and you can change up the berries and foliage with different colors and textures for almost any season.

    • Tanya from Dans le Lakehouse
      December 18, 2015 / 12:45 am

      Oooo, now you're got me thinking about different seasonal jars…Hmmmmm šŸ™‚

  4. Michelle {Jarrah Jungle}
    December 16, 2015 / 3:40 am

    These look gorgeous! Great use of food as decor too!!

    • Tanya from Dans le Lakehouse
      December 18, 2015 / 12:45 am

      Thanks! I was just the assembler, but I'm happy they turned out so well!

  5. Stacey
    December 2, 2020 / 10:10 pm

    Hi,
    Do you mind sharing link for table runner?

  6. Asher
    July 29, 2022 / 1:28 am

    This is a beautiful and easy holiday centerpiece! I love how the cranberries and “snow” look together in the mason jars.

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