Creativity With Plastic Wrap: A Snowy Christmas Centerpiece

Plastic wrap is not only good for wrapping food it is perfect for giving centerpieces that snowy or icy look. With just a long, long piece of plastic wrap you can create many interesting looks with your centerpiece.

To make this, pick any clear glass vase. Fill the bottom of the vase with greenery from your yard. Boxwood, holly, and other evergreens work well. Pull a very long piece of plastic wrap from its box and crumple it up over the greenery. Place a layer of cranberries, then another layer of plastic. Fill slowly with water and top with berries, tea lights, and more greenery. Be sure none of the greenery will interfere with the candle’s flame.

I have even made these with only the plastic wrap and tea light which is very elegant. The plastic has a tendency to float up so you do need a lot of it. Keep pushing it down as you add the water. Sometimes it takes a bit of finagling to get it to look right but keep working for the look you want.

In the centerpiece below, I loosely packed the plastic wrap for a more icy look instead of snowy. I added the water then used a butter knife to work the plastic into the corners. I think this is very pretty as well.

Icy or snowy, you decide! Enjoy, I would love to see what you come up with.

For a funny story about my Auntie’s experience with plastic wrap click here it is toward the bottom of the post.


  1. HoneyB
    Posted December 8, 2008 at 7:39 AM | Permalink

    Great job, looks beautiful!

  2. EAT!
    Posted December 8, 2008 at 7:43 AM | Permalink

    Does Martha Know about you? She better watch her back.

  3. Sabrina
    Posted December 8, 2008 at 9:02 AM | Permalink

    This is so pretty. I love it! I am going to try this, for sure.

  4. Lisa
    Posted December 8, 2008 at 9:20 AM | Permalink

    I LOVE this idea!Who would’ve thought?

  5. kutiekare
    Posted December 8, 2008 at 9:35 AM | Permalink

    Loved the auntie story. Back in the 70’s-early 80’s(?) there was a book that was to help your marriage. One of the “suggestions” was to greet your husband when he came home from work wrapped in only plastic wrap. Don’t know of anyone who did it but it sure got a lot of talk on TV and among our friends and family.

  6. Susan
    Posted December 8, 2008 at 10:23 AM | Permalink

    What a cool idea- I love it! Thanks

  7. Sheila
    Posted December 8, 2008 at 11:29 AM | Permalink

    I love it! Another decorating idea. I like the plastic wrap with water. It looks like a block of ice. I have to try it.

  8. noble pig
    Posted December 8, 2008 at 11:34 AM | Permalink

    This is such an awesome idea! Love it! I have to make one.

  9. Tanya
    Posted December 8, 2008 at 2:30 PM | Permalink

    So clever! I never would have thought to use plastic wrap. It looks so pretty!

  10. Kate
    Posted December 8, 2008 at 4:33 PM | Permalink

    What a nifty and pretty idea! My mother is here visiting and says we’ll try this on the weekend. Thanks, Robin.

  11. Linda
    Posted December 8, 2008 at 4:49 PM | Permalink

    What a beautiful idea! I have a rectangle vase, and I am going to put this on my kitchen table!

  12. biz319
    Posted December 8, 2008 at 6:44 PM | Permalink

    What a great, inexpensive way to decorate! love it!

  13. Kristen
    Posted December 8, 2008 at 11:34 PM | Permalink

    What a great idea! I am amazed at your creativity 🙂 This is brilliant.

  14. nicisme
    Posted December 9, 2008 at 9:37 AM | Permalink

    Great idea, love the photos!

  15. Grace
    Posted December 9, 2008 at 10:45 AM | Permalink

    how completely brilliant! does it still work if you’ve used the plastic wrap and it has cookie crumbs all over it? 🙂

  16. Karen
    Posted December 9, 2008 at 10:58 AM | Permalink

    So beautiful and creative!! I am doing a fundraiser banquet for a local non-profit in February and these would be PERFECT on the dessert table. Do you have any other ideas on what I could float? Our colors are black and lime green and I would love to share this idea with our decorating committee. Thank you SO much.

  17. Tartelette
    Posted December 9, 2008 at 4:54 PM | Permalink

    Brilliant! I forwarded the link to my MIL for her church decorating this Christmas and she loved it!

  18. Robin Sue
    Posted December 9, 2008 at 5:12 PM | Permalink

    Grace- even better!

    Karen- Whole limes would be pretty but I don’t think they float! Experiment away I say! Thanks for the comments.

    Tartelette- Thanks for forwarding this to your mom. I hope she can use this idea. Like I said it takes finagling but in the end it is pretty. I am sure she can make something beautiful at her church!

  19. Anonymous
    Posted December 10, 2008 at 1:33 PM | Permalink

    I’m just a stranger passing through, so maybe I’m more objective than the other comment posters, but I think the centerpiece is really unattractive. It looks like wet platic wrap. Don’t think I’d want to put it out where people would see it.


    • Anonymous
      Posted January 10, 2013 at 7:23 PM | Permalink

      I agree. I find this very tacky and would be embarrassed to have it in my home.

  20. Robin Sue
    Posted December 10, 2008 at 1:42 PM | Permalink

    Anonymous Sarah- Thanks for your honesty. It takes guts to say what you said.

  21. Anonymous
    Posted December 8, 2009 at 4:09 PM | Permalink

    It's a beautiful creation…..I'm going to make it as my holiday party centerpieces with just a little twist to bring the classic elegance.

    Thanks for a wonderful idea!

  22. Anonymous
    Posted November 30, 2011 at 5:55 PM | Permalink

    Don't know if you'll get this, since it was posted back in 2008
    Anyway, how long will this last before the water stagnates?
    Tks cc

  23. Robin Sue
    Posted November 30, 2011 at 8:00 PM | Permalink

    Anon- CC, I have kept this on the table for up to a week without any problems. I guess the evergreens do not turn as quickly as other greens and the berries are only floating on top and stay pretty fresh for a while. Thanks!!
    Robin Sue

  24. Anonymous
    Posted December 23, 2011 at 4:59 PM | Permalink

    Anonymous Sarah- didn't your mother ever tell you if you can't say anything nice don't say anything at all? I think it is absolutely gorgeous and it was a big hit at my Christmas party of 50 plus people so that says a lot! Thanks for the wonderful idea!

    • Caroline
      Posted September 28, 2012 at 5:35 PM | Permalink

      I think this is just wonderful and am going to use it in a week for my husband’s birthday party. I will post a pic to you.

      Yes I agree with Robin Sue if you don’t have anything nice to say don’t say anything at all!!

      Thanks for posting,

    • Robin Sue
      Posted September 28, 2012 at 11:20 PM | Permalink

      look forward to seeing the pic!

  25. Suzanne Buckner
    Posted August 8, 2012 at 3:27 PM | Permalink

    I have used this idea for years! First learned it from a Partylite consultant. Have used it during the entire Christmas season with no problems. Also in large goblets at Wedding receptions!

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