DIY Christmas Centerpiece with Snooker Balls

How to create a DIY Christmas centerpiece using snooker balls

This project came to me in a dream.

Well, I should say a version of this project came to me in a dream.

I kid you not. Every once in a while that happens to me.

I guess subconsciously I’m thinking, or obsessing, about an idea and, like this time, I was coming up with nothing.

Then I got lucky, and in a dream this idea was born… just in time for this month’s Thrifty Chicks seasonal centerpiece project challenge.

Because Thanksgiving was about a month ago here in Canada I’ve been getting into Christmas mode, so my project is a Christmas centerpiece.

Christmas tree centerpiece from snooker balls

On the second Wednesday of each month I join some very talented blogging friends for a project challenge, and with a different theme each time it’s really a lot of fun.

If you missed any of the past projects you can find them here.

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I’m so excited to see what my blogging friends have come up with for this month’s seasonal centerpiece challenge. You’ll find links to their projects at the end of this post. Be sure to visit and check out the fabulousness.

But first I’ll share my project with you.

repurposed cupcake holder and aluminun serving tray

You can probably guess what kind of centerpiece I’m making now. The shape of the $1 cupcake holder probably gives it away.

A few years ago I repurposed another one of these exact cupcake holders into Framed Flower Art. Back then I thought it was a tealight holder.

vintage Aramith snooker balls set

A few years ago I found this fabulous vintage Aramith snooker set for $8, and even though that’s a bit pricey for this thrifty girl I gladly paid it because I don’t see these around here too often.

Twenty balls in a snooker set and twenty spots on my cupcake holder. Sounds like fate to me.

In my dream Christmas ornaments were used.

But my dreaming self must have forgotten that we have 3 feline friends that live with us, and for something to be on the kitchen table it has to be playful-paw friendly.

So in came the snooker balls.

Putting together my Christmas centerpiece

cutting garland pieces and placing in cupcake holders

I cut the white sparkly garland into pieces to fit into the cupcake holders.

First I started at the top.

adding garland pieces and snooker balls onto bottom tier of cupcake holder

Then I changed my mind and decided to start at the bottom.

Once the garland pieces were in the holders I just randomly added the snooker balls.

At this point it’s a good idea to make sure the cupcake holder parts are good and tight in place because the snooker balls are quite a bit heavier than cupcakes.

adding garland pieces and snooker balls onto other tiers of cupcake holder

The snooker balls are so fun and colorful.

all three tiers of repurposed cupcake holder tree with added garland and snooker bakks

And the sparkly white garland adds a wintry touch, and believe me when I tell you that it’s pretty wintry here right now.

Creating a star for my Christmas tree centerpiece

creating stars for Christmas centerpiece with vintage light reflectors

When all three levels were done then I needed something for a tree topper.

I have a large collection of various vintage light reflectors so I put some together to create two stars.

two light reflectors stars on top of repurposed snooker ball Christmas ree centerpiece

Using my glue gun, I attached my two stars on both sides of the top of the cupcake holder.

I didn’t like that you could see in between them.

gluing light reflectors together on top of tree centerpiece to create one star

So I glued them together just at the tips.

Supplies needed

  • tiered cupcake holder
  • Snooker balls or Christmas ornaments
  • Christmas garland
  • various vintage light reflectors
  • serving tray
  • beaded garland
  • glue gun and glue sticks

Repurposed cupcake holder Christmas centerpiece with snooker balls

The sparkly garland is very random and wonky, and just kind of does its own thing. Kinda like me. lol.

Because my centerpiece is a little heavy the tray makes it easy to move as a whole.

DIY Christmas centerpiece from cupcake holder and snooker balls with white garland

Here’s my tree with the sparkly white garland covering the tray for a wintry look.

DIY Christmas tree centerpiece from snooker balls and cupcake holder

And here’s how it looks with a green beaded garland that adds some bling. White beaded garland would look great too.

Now I’m just hoping my cats don’t play with the garland too much, but even if they do the snooker balls are too heavy for them to bounce around the house.

Hopefully. lol.

If you don’t have any curious creatures living with you then vintage ornaments, or any ornaments, would look great too.

Save this project for later by pinning!

DIY Christmas tree centerpiece with snooker balls and cupcake holder

Now be sure to check out what my friends did with their seasonal centerpiece projects. Just click on the links below to check them out.

Thanks so much for reading, and until next time…

keep on keepin’ on!


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    1. Thanks Linda! I never really thought it had a retro look, but now that you mention it I can see it.

  1. You always come up with such creative, colourful ideas Tuula! Who knew snooker balls could become a tree? Great fun and perfect for the coming Christmas season!

  2. just adorable! I love all the bright colours!

  3. This is so fun and so easy, Tuula! Now I know what snooker balls are; I learned something new today! I could do this same idea with croquet balls, cuz’ I’ve got plenty of them. Now to find a cupcake holder at the thrift store;) Always love to see what you “dream” up, friend!

  4. Debra Hubbs says:

    Very cute. Would be cute with fake snow on the tray too. I had to look up snooker balls, weren’t sure what they were lol.

  5. Snooker balls caught my attention right away. My late husband had a snooker table and often played with his brothers and friends. If I still had the balls I would make this centerpiece as it is lovely and easy as well. But, his grandson inherited the table, balls and cues. I would never have thought about using the balls in decorating.

    1. Thanks Lorita! For me using things in unusual ways makes decorating more fun.

  6. That’s so creative Tuula, I love it! Now, I have to look up what a snooker table is! ha ha!


    1. Thanks Tania! I think it’s the same as a pool table, but I’m not really sure. lol.

  7. How pretty this is! I think I mentioned in a past post that I’m kicking myself for getting rid of my cupcake holder, when you did something clever with it then! So, two more kicks. But one thing I have to question…….”a little bling” you said. A LITTLE????? How ’bout lots?! How ’bout ceiling to floor? Well, that might be a bit too much, but only a bit! Bling and lights! Bring ’em on! Your Christmas posts are the best!!! Dona

  8. I just got rid of that very same cupcake holder recently, dang! Very clever and creative idea for a centerpiece. I don’t have vintage snooker balls but I have pretty vintage Christmas baubles. I wonder if my cupcake holder is still at the thrift store. Thanks for sharing this with us at the Talk Of The Town party, Tuula! Pinned 🙂

    1. Thanks Marie! Oh I can so relate. I’ll often get rid of something and then see something that someone else did with it, and then I kick myself. lol.