Good Holidays: DIY New Year’s Eve party table centerpiece

by Kim Merrikin, Seattle Goodwill
December 26, 2015

This blog could easily be titled “SPRAY PAINT ALL THE THINGS SILVER”—because that’s basically what happened. Mind you, you can replace the silver spray paint with any color you want. I wanted to go with the cool, sparkly New Year’s Eve (NYE) party vibe—so I opted for silver with a silver glitter finish.

This project took about 30 minutes of actual work, and about 2 hours of waiting for paint to dry.

Silver (or a color of your choice) spray paint
Glitter spray paint
Drop cloth/cardboard box
Acrylic paint/paintbrush (if you want to add the year!)

The rest of the materials are 100% up to you. I perused Goodwill Shoreline and found 3 pieces of decorative stemware, 2 traditional candleholders, candles, a frame and matted art to fit it—all for around $12. You can choose anything to decorate with, though Glassware, frames, knickknacks, vases, and more—it all works! We recommend going shopping with a little bit of an idea of how you’d like your centerpiece to look, but be flexible, because you never know what you’ll find!

If you’re using spray paint, avoiding painting plastic objects.

Step one: Prep!
Start by cleaning your glassware. If you’ve got the time, give it a go through the dishwasher. To create a smooth look with spray paint, the surface needs to be clear of dust and debris. It also needs to be 100% dry before you paint.

Step two: Paint!
Place all of your objects out on your cardboard box or drop cloth—I did my project in the garage, with a cardboard box down to protect the floor, with the door open for proper ventilation. Lightly coat each object with your main color of spray paint, following the directions on the paint can—let dry for about 15-20 minutes—and then repeat that process until the paint is opaque. Once you’re satisfied with the base paint’s appearance, repeat the process with the glitter paint. Let the paint dry until it’s no longer tacky to touch, and doesn’t come off on your hands.

Step two point five: Paint more!
If you opt for a picture frame and/or a piece of matted art to add to your NYE décor, now’s the time to paint your message. I spray painted over the original art/matte, let it dry, and then used a royal purple acrylic paint to add the upcoming year—2016. (How is it almost 2016 already?!) 

Acrylic takes longer than spray paint to dry, so give that a few hours to dry before using your newly painted decor.

Step three: Position!
How you arrange your centerpiece may vary, based on the use of the surrounding area. For example, if you’re setting a dining table for a dinner, you probably don’t want a tall centerpiece that gets in the way of conversation. If you’re arranging a buffet table full of the finest New Year treats, a taller, more dense centerpiece might be just what your table needs. I paired my newly painted pieces with my DIY String Light Ornaments from an earlier blog.

Step four: Party!
Surround your centerpiece with all of those delectable treats, some of your favorite people, and enjoy ringing in the New Year! 


Kim fancies herself a professional communicator. She has experience in writing, graphic design, and social media, and is always looking to expand her knowledge base into other fields of communication. She loves people, coffee & Seattle (including the rain).

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