Fans are going wild for this free alternative to the viral water bead Christmas centrepiece hack

It's a safer method that looks just as elegant

christmas dining table with foliage and house decorations in glass cloches with christmas tree behind
(Image credit: Future PLC)

Water beads being used in Christmas table centrepiece ideas have been going viral on social media, and while many love them, they've also been questioned for their affordability and safety. We found an alternative to the water bead Christmas centrepiece that we think looks just as elegant, and fans on TikTok are going wild for it.

And the best thing about it? You likely already have these things in your home. If you have a real Christmas tree, you can use cuttings straight from it to use in this DIY rather than buying a pack of water beads for £5 that you might not even use after the festive season.

Glass jar with foliage and berry centrepiece on dining room table

(Image credit: Future PLC)

DIY Christmas centrepiece

Macy Blackwell (@macy.blackwell), who has built up an audience for her content surrounding holiday home decor, has taken to TikTok to share yet another ingenious DIY with her audience – and we think it's a brilliant budget Christmas decorating idea that'll look gorgeous in any home.

In the video, she shows us how to easily create a floating candle Christmas centrepiece, and all you need is a glass container, an evergreen cutting, a handful of fresh cranberries, and a floating candle.


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There have been other variations of DIY Christmas centrepieces going viral online, with a couple using water beads to fill their glass containers. These variations, however, have been flagged as hazardous to those sharing a home with children and pets, so fans in the comments of Macy's DIY were relieved that she offered an alternative way to get the look.

One fan said, 'I love this idea so much better because the clear orbees (water beads) make me nervous with my littles!' Another said, 'Thank you for not using water beads. So pretty.'

dining table laid out for christmas with foliage and candles

(Image credit: Future PLC / Simon Whitmore)

Fans in the comments have asked how long the DIY Christmas centrepiece would last, to which Macy replied, 'Probably up to a week! I have had this one burning on and off for a few days already and it still looks perfect!' – so it's a sweet project to try out that will look stunning for your Christmas table decoration ideas, and doesn't take too long to top up to look good as new.

Will you be trying it out?

Jullia Joson
Junior Writer

Jullia Joson is a Junior Writer at Ideal Home. She's always loved all things homes and interiors, graduating with a bachelor's degree in Architectural Studies from the University of Nottingham where her love for journalism blossomed following her internship at ArchDaily. Now focused on home tech, Jullia works on writing features and explainers to help people make the most of their home appliance investments. When she isn't writing, she loves exploring the city, coffee shop hopping, and losing hours to a cosy game.