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December 15, 2015

Easy Cranberry + "Snow" Centerpiece

While I was in Ottawa, 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 the birch slice ornaments we made one night.  She also whipped up some gorgeous outdoor decorations and put together really simple and festive evergreen sprays for her stairwell.  Then we tackled the tree, the mantle, and set up the ornament stands I made with Handy Hubby.  Finally, we put together a simple centerpiece for her dining room table:

Epson salt crafts

When we were done, Ashley's friend Amy admiringly commented that, "it looks like Pinterest in here".  Ashley is a huge fan of Pinterest and that's where she spotted cranberry, cedar and Epson salt centerpieces by Madigan Made (with the mason jar twist by Yellow Bliss Road).  Ashley had a basement full of glass jars and we stumbled across a huge jug of Epson salt - and a giant bag of fresh cranberries - at Costco one night, so this super easy DIY had to happen. 

Mason jar crafts

There was such a nice ambiance when the votives were lit:

Inexpensive holiday center piece

Making these was so simple:  we added some Epson salt to half the jars, inserted some cedar boughs into the center, and then filled up the rest of the jar with fresh cranberries.  We filled the other half of the jars with only Epson salt and added a candle (we substituted a tea light because it's tidier than a votive).  So easy!

Cranberry, Cedar, Epson Salt + Mason Jar Center Piece

Here's a shopping list to make things even easier:

  • Epson salt (we bought a giant jug at Costco)
  • 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)

There's just one thing to note:  once the tea lights had burned, we noticed that the texture of the salt changed.  It started off like normal 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.

They still looked gorgeous!

Easy center piece idea

I love this idea for an easy, last minute holiday centerpiece.



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

    1. 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. 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 :( Isn't there something else one could use instead of edible stuff?

    1. 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 :)

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

    1. Oooo, now you're got me thinking about different seasonal jars...Hmmmmm :)

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

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


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