Merry & Bright Divided Box Centerpiece

Merry and Bright Centerpiece

One of the trickiest things about decorating our home is always finding a good centerpiece for the dining room table. It’s oblong and large, so I need something that’s long enough to make an impact without being so big that it obscures our view of each other while we’re eating. This year, when I came across the Divided Box from Crates and Pallet, I knew it would be a perfect fit. They were generous enough to send me one and I got to work customizing it for my table. Here’s how I did it, and you can too!

Merry & Bright Centerpiece


Divided Box from Crates and Pallet
DecoArt White Chalky Finish Paint
Elmer’s Painters Metallic Shimmer Paint Marker: Silver
Krylon Gold Leafing Pen
Assorted real or fake greenery, ornaments, candles, etc. as filler

Centerpiece for Christmas

First, I sanded my box, then gave it two coats of white chalky finish paint. I let it dry completely before trying to do anything else. Once it was dry, I took out my paint pens and got to work. I figured out that the “b” in bright was the center of my phrase, so I started with that and used my hand lettering technique to write the word “bright” with my gold leafing pen. Then, I went back and wrote “merry &” in front of it, trying to keep things about the same size and spacing. To fill the extra space on each side, I drew two snowflakes with a silver paint marker. I did freehand designs for all of this because I happen to be impatient and somewhat impulsive when I craft, but if you want to be certain of your placement, you can definitely pencil in your letters and designs first then trace them with the markers.


If you’ve never tried hand lettering before, it really is easier than you think…here are some basic instructions and photos to get you started! Once my words were dry, it was time to fill the box. You can use real greens if you like {I did for my original tablescape photo shoot}, but they also make a mess as the needles fall off. I opted for faux garland that I cut into pieces and stuffed into each section of the box instead as a long term solution. I decided to put a candle in the center box and ornaments/decorative balls on the sides. My decor is red, white, and metallics, but you could incorporate any colors that work well with your overall Christmas decorating theme.

Centerpiece for the Holiday

What do you think? I love the way this looks on my table and I’ve gotten lots of compliments on it so far. Would you create something like this for your home?

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