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A Centerpiece of Hazelwood Branches and Thrifted Copper Finds

November 12, 2019

The indoor season has begun! The weather is getting cooler, leaves are scattered on the ground, and fireplaces are crackling. This is the perfect time to cozy up and give your decor a boost. And that’s exactly what I did with this centerpiece of hazelwood branches and the warm glow of thrifted copper finds.

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Today I’m joining the talented Thrifty Chicks for our monthly DIY challenge. If you’ve been following along then you know the second Wednesday of each month is when we reveal what we’ve been working on, and this month we are showcasing our own take on a seasonal centerpiece using thrifted finds. I’m excited to throw back the curtain and share what we’ve each put together. At the end of this post you will find links to all of the projects in this challenge.

Thrifty Chicks DIY projects based on a common theme.

Full disclosure, I did not create an entirely new centerpiece for this challenge. Instead I decided to tweak a centerpiece I created last year that just kind of happened. It wasn’t a preplanned DIY and I still love it now. I think it’s important to honour happenstance, don’t you?

Salvaged Hazelwood Branches

Hazelwood branches, you’re invited in! That’s what I said last year when we were dismantling our amazing hanging basket of greens made by Down to Earth Gardens and Landscaping. We hung it by our front door for an added festive touch through the holidays.

The basket was incredible and I was a little sad to see it go. As I was dismantling it I was thinking what fun it would be to repurpose the hazelwood branches, but with absolutely no idea what I would do with them. I really loved the quirky bends and twists of the branches, and their bold teak colour! So much fun. I just trusted something would work out.

You know how it is when you’re putting things away after the Holidays. There’s this no man’s land between deconstructing your festive decor and putting things back to normal. Nothing is exactly in its place, and other things seem to just make their own way – like this semi-assembled copper display on our antique buffet. These things were just placed here without intention other than to move them out of the way.

But when I came around the corner with the hazelwood branches, that’s when the unsuspecting copper grouping caught my eye. I knew the ice bucket would be way too wide to hold the branches in place, so I found a clear vase to set inside. I placed the branches in the vase without a lot of fuss, and that’s all it took for the centerpiece to come to life.

Create a warm rich vignette with copper barware.

It’s been on the buffet now for almost a year, and I still love its delightful touch. One of the things I really believe in when it comes to decor is telling your story through little touches in your space. That’s why instead of creating something completely new I decided to give this centerpiece a boost.

For this challenge I did not buy a thing. I had the faux greenery left over from when I participated in the Thrift the Look: Cottage Decor blog hop with our Creative Vintage Darlings admin team.

The copper platter and ice bucket are both thrifted finds from years gone by, and the Moscow Mule mugs were actually a gift to my Mr. a few seasons ago. They’re a modern buy.

Because the hazelwood branches lend themselves to a minimalist look, I kept things simple. The pop of green was all that was needed to make an impact against the collection of copper.

I did however decide to move this centerpiece to another spot for better photos. I wanted you to get the visual impact of the branches and really see why less is more. Where the centerpiece normally sits on the buffet it tends to look busy in photos. Photos can be bossy like that!

The hardest part about this challenge for me was not overthinking it. It felt strange to add a pop of colour and call it a day, but you know, sometimes all it takes is a little tweak to make a big difference. I think that’s what I was able to accomplish here.

I hope you will stop by the other Thrifty Chick’s posts to see what they’ve come up with as well. Click on each link below to find your way there!

  1. Linda at Itsy Bits and Pieces – A DIY Folk Art Turkey Centerpiece From Re-Used Finds
  2. Tuula at Colour Me Thrifty – DIY Christmas Centerpiece
  3. Me 🙂
  4. Lora at Lora B Create and Ponder – Repurposed Tool Caddy Centerpiece for Thanksgiving
  5. Tania at Little Vintage Cottage (no teaser photo available) – Repurposed Sugar Tin Centerpiece
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Make a quick and easy centerpiece for the fall season.

Where are you at with your seasonal decor? Do you like adding a centerpiece to give your indoors a boost?

Thanks for stopping by. I’m so glad you did!

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  • Reply littlevintagecottage November 13, 2019 at 8:12 pm

    I love your centerpiece, great job!


    • Reply Sheila Zeller November 13, 2019 at 9:43 pm

      Thank you Tania! The hazelwood branches still make me smile 🙂

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  • Reply Tuula @ Color Me Thrifty November 13, 2019 at 6:47 am

    Your copper centerpiece is so pretty Sheila! Very elegant, and the pop of green berries add a touch of color and fun.

    • Reply Sheila Zeller November 13, 2019 at 6:59 am

      Thank you so much Tuula. I couldn’t believe the difference the green berries made to bring this centerpiece to life. A pop of colour changes everything! 😉

  • Reply Linda Dresselhaus November 13, 2019 at 5:45 am

    Your centerpiece is beautiful, Sheila! A very dramatic effect is achieved with the wonderful textures and colors. Love the photo against the stone wall!

    • Reply Sheila Zeller November 13, 2019 at 6:53 am

      Thank you so much Linda. It was fun to revisit the journey of how this centerpiece came to be, and I enjoyed the photography challenge behind the scenes, too!

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