DIY Wedding Centerpieces

In thinking about my wedding centerpieces I knew I wanted something with height however in talking with my florist the cost per centerpiece came in around $100 each ($1,400 for 14 yikes). So, as usual, I got crafty. My fiance said I could buy whatever I wanted from the dollar store - words that unleashed my creativity. Here is my DIY wedding centerpiece:


First, here was my inspiration:


Then I mapped out a blueprint of my plan. Items included 2 candlesticks, 1 bowl, crystals and 1 wooden base totaling $6 plus $19 for flowers = $25 per centerpiece
I purchased the candlesticks from Dollarama however they no longer stock them so you can purchase them from craftparts.

Here is my first prototype. Flowers were too small.


Here is my second prototype. Babies Breath - soft and delicate - big impact at low cost. 


Spray painted everything and assembled.


Here are the final DIY centerpieces. I was very pleased with the outcome and we saved $1,050 (plus we sold the centerpieces after the wedding - Bonus!)





Be sure to check out this other DIY wedding centerpiece on my blog - affordable, non-floral hanging centerpiece for a rustic wedding.



Andrea

Hi! I'm Andrea, I'm a Momma, a Designer and a hopeless DIY'er. I love finding ways to achieve a lux look for less.

39 comments:

  1. Where can you get the candlestick

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    1. Hi! I got the candlesticks from Dollarama.

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    2. I'm beyond happy to have found your blog. I'm so inspired now and really do think my DIY wedding is going to look great. I sure wish we had a Dollarama near us.

      Question: Has anyone found any other locations or websites selling the Wooden Candlesticks?

      Thanks again for positing this awesome blog post. Jen

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    3. http://www.craftparts.com - they have the candle stick and the circle bases

      http://www.foodservicewarehouse.com/royal-industries/roy-mixbl-hd-75/p6066.aspx - this site has bowls similar to what she was referencing

      This post was sooo helpful! I can't wait to make these for my wedding!

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    4. Thanks Jen and Kat! I'm so glad you like my post and I'm thrilled you're going to give it a go. Yes, Kat is right, the craftparts website is great for the wooden candlesticks.
      I would love to see pics of your finished centerpieces. Feel free to email me a pic (maybe I could post it for my other readers?)

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  2. what did you use as the bowl to put the babies breath in at the top? and what type of glue?

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    1. Hi! The bowls I used were the standard aluminum mixing bowl (I think 6"). I glued the candlesticks together with crazy glue (I tested the glue gun but it didn't hold with these materials). Note, the bowls were not permanently affixed, I gave the bowls to the florist who filled them with babies breath. On the day of the wedding the florist delivered the bowls and we adhered them to the candlesticks with floral tac (similar to Mac tac but much stronger). It worked really well. Hope this helps.

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  3. How much were your Baby's Breath that you got from the florist?

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    1. The florist quoted us approx $20 per centerpiece.

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  4. Did the florist use foam balls to place in the bowl for the baby's breath? Did she use a 6 inch foam ball to fit the 6 inch bowl, if so?

    Thanks!

    So excited to order all my crafts this week and start DIYing!!

    For anyone else who is looking to make these, I am using www.craftparts.com , they sell wholesale and as of right now for only 10 centerpieces and a few extra candlesticks used elsewhere in the reception it is coming to $94.00. SO much CHEAPER than buying pre-made candlesticks! (Sorry, I had spent so much time at hardware stores assuming they had something similar to these and they didn't and Michaels was expensive, so hopefully this will help another bride).

    Thanks for the response. I'm only missing the bowls, foam balls, and flowers. So hopefully I won't be spending TOO much more money, either way I'll be saving a lot.

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    1. Thanks for post, completely agree, craftparts.com is a great site, I almost bought my candlesticks from there but then found them at Dollarama instead.
      In response to your question, the florist used approx half a floral foam/wet oasis brick within each bowl. Talk to your florist about your plans, they can help you determine the best approach.
      Good luck with your project. I would love to see a pic of your final outcome if possible.

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  5. The first circle was the base of the candlestick. The second circle was approx. 7-8" in diameter. I honestly found the circles at the dollar store - they were wooden plaques.

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  6. I was unable to find the floral tac you said was used to attach the bowls to the candlestick. Do you know what the brand was or where you purchased it? Thanks!

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    1. Hi! Try this one
      http://www.save-on-crafts.com/claytape.html
      Hope this helps : )

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  7. Do you happen to remember if these were above eye level at the tables? I'm contemplating using 11" candlesticks for that reason.

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    1. Hi Cara, yes, the flowers were above eye level. I'll try to post a pic with guests. Best of luck. I'd love to see pics of your work.

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  8. can you tell me what kind of spray paint did you use to paint them.thank you

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  9. I used Krylon. It comes in gold and silver. http://www.krylon.com/products/premium-metallic/

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  10. Just found this through a post on Wedding Wire. Awesome work! I can't wait to show this to my fiance and think of the possibilities!!

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  11. This is so gorgeous! I too was quoted over $100 for each centerpiece so I've been looking for a DIY project and this is perfect! I love the crystals. Can you tell me where you got them from
    And how you attached? Thanks so much!

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  12. Like most other people commenting here, this post is single-handedly turning my frown upside down about floral centerpieces! Flower towers from the florists are way too expensive, so this will allow us to have what we want at an affordable price! One question about the joint/glued seam of the two candlesticks. In your picture it looks like you put some beading or something around the outside to help hide the seam. What did you use there?

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    1. What a lovely comment. You really made my day. Believe it or not the beads around the seam are mardi gras beads from the dollar store. I just glued them on before I spray-painted the whole piece. Best of luck! I'd love to see your finished product.

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  13. omg i love this, my wedding is is one month and this will help me, can i find some artificial baby breath flowers

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    1. Congrats on your marriage! I would love to see how your centerpieces turned out. Perhaps you can post on Instagram?

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  14. omg i love this, my wedding is is one month and this will help me, can i find some artificial baby breath flowers

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  15. I've been searching so long for something like this! I saw the wooden candlesticks on craftparts.com but I was wondering if the diameter of your candles are the same since you got yours at Dollarama. I'm looking for thinner candlesticks and yours seem like the exact size I want.

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    1. The base diameter of the wooden candlestick on craftparts.com is 2 7/8"

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  16. Hi there,

    I am a little worried if the candlesticks are heavy enough to hold on the table and don't fall if someone bump in the table. I say that because I just put together my trial and I thought that the flowers are kind of heavy.

    Thank you

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    1. Babies breath are usually pretty lite. What kind of candlesticks did you use? You could potentially add another base to the bottom to reinforce the strength of the centerpiece. Hope that helps! Good luck : )

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  17. Thanks for this very informative post. I would love to do something similar for my parents 50th anniversary party. However, I need to save additional $$ in order to make it happen. So in my attempt to DIY the flowers, would you please share how many stems or bunches the florist used per centerpiece. Thanks in advance!!

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    1. Babies Breath usually comes in full bunch (maybe 3/4 stems per bunch) and I think our florist used 3 bunches per centerpiece (so perhaps 9-12 stems per centerpiece). We found a local florist who quoted us per centerpiece which i think is cheaper in the long run. Alternatively you could ask the florist to use some sort of greenery as filler to keep costs down. Hope that helps. Good luck! Please share a pic of your finished centerpiece on Instagram!

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    2. Just here for a post-event Thanks! My parents 50th Anniversary party was beautiful. No one had a clue I made everything from the 99 cents store and Dollar Tree. Although I love the Baby's breath look, it was just not doable after much research. I ended up making large pomander (kissing) balls out of the Queen Anne roses from Dollar Tree. I glued 6 of the taper candlesticks back to back and glued that onto a clear glass saucer. It was GORGEOUS!! I have a relative who used to own a wedding planning business and has coordinated some really high-end fancy weddings. She had no clue the centerpiece at her table was made so inexpensively. I alternated and had 6 tall and 6 short centerpieces and glued vases or small bowls onto the taper candlesticks for floating candles on the side. It all coordinated so well.

      Thanks again for sharing your knowledge and advice. It is priceless!

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    3. Do you have any pictures of the centerpieces

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    4. Agree with Abekoe, would love to see how these turned out. Perhaps tag me on Instagram with a pic (@harlowandthistle)

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  18. Do you have the current owners info? Would like to purchase to save on time!

    thanks

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  19. Hi Amanda, I am the owner, I don't currently sell these centerpieces - and i expect they would be pretty expensive to ship. Email me at harlowandthistle@gmail.com if you would like to discuss further. Thanks!

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  20. What kind of spray paint did you use? It has a very realistic look!

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  21. This looks like such a great idea! I am getting married in May and want to do this for my wedding. What size are the wooden circles you used for the base?

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