Whether your event is a wedding or something more casual, these affordable DIY centerpieces are the perfect sweet and rustic choice for your tables. They took us only a couple of hours to make, and everything you will need is easily accessible at your local super market or craft store. We ended up shopping around a bit to get the details exactly right, and spent a total of $180 for 12 tables, or $15 per table. You can easily save some money by using what you have lying around at home, or skipping the paint altogether. These are the items we purchased:
- Wreaths (12) $12 – Dollar Tree
- Skewers (100) $1.97 – Walmart
- Numbers (10) $8.91 – Hobby Lobby
- Dark stain (1) $5.38 – Walmart
- Gold spray paint (1) $3.86 – Walmart
- Foam brushes (25) $2.05 – Walmart
- Candles (16) $8.24 – IKEA
- Tissue paper (10 sheets) $1.57 – Walmart
- Lanterns (12) $109.01 – Hobby Lobby
- Baby’s Breath (5 bunches) $27 – Shop Rite
We also used a glue gun and glue that we already owned, along with newspapers and cardboard to cover our working surfaces.
Some of our inspiration for these centerpieces came straight off of pinterest, and some was borne out of restrictions and impossibilities. We absolutely loved the look of raw wood slices as centerpiece bases, and tried to locate used ones or discounted ones, but even then it would have cost us an extra $15 per table, doubling our budget for table decorations. We had talked about wreaths as another possibility, and when we stumbled upon these $1 wreaths at the dollar store, our minds were made up.
The table numbers also took some experimenting. We loved the look of numbers wrapped in twine, but in the end, we weren’t able to find numbers that would be neatly covered through all the loops and curves, and we didn’t want boxy numbers. We finally decided once we saw these wood numbers at the craft store, to sandwich a skewer between two of them, and that way, our numbers wouldn’t really have a front side and a back side – both sides would look neat, which was key for our round tables. This also added some weight and dimension to the numbers, and we couldn’t have been happier with the results.
This project was so so simple once we figured out what we actually wanted!
Wreaths and table numbers
- Paint or stain wreaths. Let dry completely.
- Lay numbers down on a flat surface, glue skewer to the longest surface of the number, preventing the skewer from showing through to the front. Mirror a second number on the other side of the skewer, securely sandwiching the skewer in between the two numbers. Let glue dry.
- Stain numbers and skewers. Make sure to cover all sides and edges, including the whole skewer and the “insides” of both numbers. Let dry.
- Spray some gold paint onto cardboard and gently dab onto surface of foam brush. Carefully, streak the brush along the surface of the numbers and skewers, to create a streaked/rusty look. Less is more. You can always add more gold, but you’ll have to start the process over if you add too much. Now, let everything dry. You can stick the skewers into styrofoam, through tape over a cup, or into a cardboard box, to let dry without smudging either of the surfaces.
- Find a good opening in your wreath, and stick the skewer in, making sure the number will stay straight up. Add glue to secure in place. Let dry.
- Finally, take your baby’s breath, cut off little branches that are skinny enough to slip though the cracks in the wreath, and put it all together. You can add as much or as little as you want – we bought 5 bunches for 12 wreaths. Add more baby’s breath for a denser wreath.
- To monogram your candles, print your design onto a sheet of tissue paper (taped to a regular paper, to give it enough substance to pass through the printer).
- Cut a rectangular piece of parchment paper about the height of your candle, and long enough to wrap all the way around your candle. Lay your design on top of the parchment paper, and wrap them around your candle.
- Grab your iron and set it to a medium setting. Sit the iron upright on a steady surface, and slowly roll your candle across the surface of the iron. You want to heat the surface of the candle just enough for the design to melt into the candle, but not so much that the candle looses its shape.
For this, we had our designer put together a little heart shaped logo with our initials and wedding date inside a leafy heart. The hearts were laid out in rows of 4, one row enough to wrap one candle. We also used a craft paper printout of the same design as the tags for our pinecone fire starter favors.
Stay tuned for a post on how we made our favors, also completely DIY!