63 Gorgeous DIY Wedding Centerpieces

Whether you want to craft floral masterpieces, make simple arrangements look fab or go flower-free, we’ve got the DIY for you.

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September 01, 2019

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Autumn’s Shining Shades

Embrace fall’s most vibrant, saturated colors to achieve this look — think tangerine, coral and blood orange hues. Pair the striking colors with natural wood and metallics for a rustic-glam feel. Here, a peony framed with dusty miller steals the show, but choose your favorite flowers to personalize your centerpieces. Arrange your blooms in a block of wet floral foam for easy assembly.

SEE MORE: Romantic + Rustic Fall Wedding at a Georgia Plantation

Soft Meets Simple

Skip the flowers and welcome the soft, natural elegance of eucalyptus. Pair the gorgeous greenery with crisp white table linens, plenty of candles and subtle gold accents.

Gorgeous Groupings

One of the easiest ways to create floral arrangements yourself is to arrange one variety of blooms in its own vase. This way all you have to do is hold the bunch of flowers, cut the stems (at an angle, of course) and place them in a vessel filled with water. Easy peasy!

SEE MORE: 12 Tips for Hosting an Outdoor Spring Party

Back to Basics

Floral foam can be intimidating, but it can also be your best friend when it comes to creating arrangements. This pastel display is made in a plastic dish that allows it to sit flat on the table — perfect for chit-chatting with other wedding-goers without a centerpiece in the way. Get the step-by-step instructions below.

MAKE IT: How to Make an Easy Floral Foam Arrangement

Light the Way

For an effortless centerpiece option that you can put together weeks before the wedding, consider a chic cluster of lanterns. Here, modern gold lanterns in different heights line the table and will create a luxurious ambiance once the sun goes down.

SEE MORE: 28 Ways to Light Up Your Next Outdoor Event

Love Is in the Air

Say goodbye to that boring glass vase and hello to stylish and chic hatbox vessels. Customize the message to your liking and fill with fresh, seasonal blooms like the pink ranunculus and silver dollar eucalyptus seen here.

MAKE IT: How to Make a Hatbox Flower Arrangement

Pretty Petals

Sand meets ultra-gorgeous flower for this DIY centerpiece idea that's truly just as easy as it is beautiful. Cluster a few flower-and-sand creations together on a table, add in tea light candles and you'll have a summer centerpiece worthy of a dreamy beach wedding. MAKE IT

Woodsy Chic

Bud vases and glass bottles are your best friend when it comes to DIY centerpieces. The small opening of the vase allows for easy arranging and support for the blooms. Place them on top of a wood slab for that oh-so-popular rustic touch.

SEE MORE: A Colorado Farm Wedding

Summertime Is the Right Time

To make this fun, summer-worthy centerpiece, hollow out the center of a melon or pineapple using a kitchen knife, then place a small cylindrical vase inside and fill with flowers that match the theme of your event.

Crazy for Cacti

Infuse Southwestern flair into your reception design by using cacti for your centerpieces. You can collect and pot the low-maintenance succulents ahead of time and keep them afterward. Place them along a pretty runner that coordinates with your containers.

Go for Geo

If flowers aren’t your thing, go for a cool, modern tablescape that’s totally unexpected. This 3-D table runner will have guests gushing all night. You’ll be proud to say, "Actually, I made it myself!" MAKE IT

Sweet Succulent

Succulents have and always will be trendy. Use them as table decor in fun containers, wooden boxes or antique glass candlestick holders as seen here. Then, hand them out as wedding favors at the end of the night (without the antique vessel, of course).

Easy Edibles

Stacked cake plates filled with fresh grapes, nuts, apples, pears and artichokes could pull double duty as a centerpiece and appetizer at a fall or garden-themed wedding.

MAKE IT: Create a Harvest-Inspired Thanksgiving Centerpiece

Dollar Store Design

Create a stunning table runner by layering white paper doilies (we found them $1 for 32 at the dollar store) the length of the table and placing gold candlesticks and grocery store greenery on top. Pro tip: We saved big by buying glass candlesticks at the dollar store and spray-painting them gold.

MORE IDEAS: 60 DIY Wedding Decor Ideas to Wow Your Guests

Zesty + Bloomy

Create a fragrant and colorful centerpiece with fresh lime slices and gorgeous pink peonies. The trick to keeping the lime slices upright is to use two vases, fitting one inside of the other and filling the space between vases with 1/4-inch-thick lime slices.

Two-Dollar Beauty

Faux flowers look just like the real thing when floating a water-filled glass or clear plastic vessel. Everything you see here was bought from the dollar store for a grand total of $2.

MORE IDEAS: 60 DIY Wedding Decor Ideas to Wow Your Guests

Wanderlust

Are you and your spouse lovers of traveling the world together? This DIY map-embellished vase has wanderlust written all over it. Personalize the vase by choosing a locale that’s special to you like a hometown or favorite city, state or country, then fill it with fresh, seasonal blooms.

MAKE IT: How to Make a Map-Embellished Vase

Pretty Pumpkin

'Tis the season to fall in love. This pretty pumpkin is easy to make, adds just the right amount of rustic and pairs perfectly with loose bunches of silver dollar eucalyptus.

MAKE IT: How to Make a Rope Pumpkin Centerpiece

Hello, Hydrangeas!

This hydrangea centerpiece is a definite day-maker for the non-crafty bride on a budget. Hydrangeas are ultra-affordable, and this DIY is ultra-doable. Seven quick steps — which don’t require any extraordinary artistic abilities — will leave you feeling very impressed with yourself. MAKE IT

Budget Succulent Centerpiece

Create a stunning centerpiece using dollar store fish bowls filled with glittery rocks and faux succulents.

MORE IDEAS: 38 DIY Dollar Store Wedding Decor Hacks

Mismatched Beauties

Boost the romance factor at your wedding by hosting dinner by candlelight. Eye-catching taper candles in dark and teal blue sit in multi-height gold candlesticks for a centerpiece of mismatched perfection.

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Sleek & Concrete

Lend a cool, industrial vibe to your tables by crafting DIY concrete centerpieces. Give your handmade vessels to your florist beforehand, or fill them with your own florals. MAKE IT

Lovely Lavender

Instead of trying to create large, complicated arrangements, embrace the beauty of one simple bloom. Here, lavender lends effortless style to this tablescape. Paired with gold, the look is organic with a hint of glamour.

From Orchard to Table

Pumpkins aren't the only orange decorations for fall. Handpicked mandarins can be another seasonal addition to your fall wedding festivities. Fresh from the orchards and straight to your tables, these yummy snacks double as a sweet, easy-to-assemble centerpiece. MAKE IT

Stylish Herringbone

DIYing your own trendy table runner has never been easier. Wooden paint sticks make up this chic, herringbone runner. Get the details below.

MAKE IT: Turn Paint Sticks Into a Herringbone Table Runner

A New Take on Baby's Breath

Sprigs of sweet, simple baby's breath are placed down inside dollar store glass hurricane vases and surrounded by greenery for a high-style, low-cost look.

Merry Monogram

With some seasonal, low-cost blooms and paper mache letters found at the craft store, you can create a stunning, readable centerpiece.

MAKE IT: How to Make a Blooming Letter Centerpiece

Hanging Wreaths

Take advantage of your venue's low ceilings with a hanging centerpiece. These easy-to-make wreaths are crafted from low-cost embroidery hoops and fresh flowers. Here, white roses, dusty miller and berries are attached to hoops with floral wire and hot pink floral tape.

Silk Flower Power

Want the look of luxe, over-the-top flowers, but don’t want to worry about your blooms dying before the big day? Consider using silk flowers to create gorgeous floral runners like these cascading garlands in advance. Pro tip: Silk flowers tend to cost more than fresh cuts. Employ a mixture of both to save money. MAKE IT

Potted Plants

Flower arranging not your thing? Consider pretty, rustic potted plants as centerpieces instead. Save money by buying in-season plants, then hand out as favors at the end of the day.

Fall Feels

Bring some fall cheer to your wedding tablescape by gluing moss and succulents to stylish white (faux or real) pumpkins. You can make these long-lasting centerpieces ahead of time. Just store them in a sunny location, and spritz them with water weekly. Pair the succulent pumpkins with pinecones and gourds to complete your cheerful autumn centerpieces.

MAKE IT: Craft a Succulent-Topped Pumpkin Centerpiece

Whimsy for Winter

Add a touch of moody whimsy to your winter table by suspending pine and berry clippings in a variety of glass bottles filled with water. Place tapered candles into the bottle openings to create a serene, illuminated centerpiece.

SEE MORE: Throw a Stylish Winter Solstice Party

Look Up

Breezy bunting made in your wedding colors can tie everything together at an outdoor or garden reception. Just print our template, assemble and hang from nearby structures or two poles staked into the ground. DOWNLOAD THE TEMPLATES

Blooms by You

Creating your own centerpieces might be easier than you think. This carefree arrangement mixes large focal blooms and small filler flowers with plenty of greens to ground it and give tons of texture. Check out our helpful tips below for creating this gorgeous display yourself.

MAKE IT: 7 Tips for Creating Beautiful Flower Arrangements at Home

Drink Your Way to Fabulous

Recycled glass bottles, a wood plank and gold paint combine to create this one-of-a-kind centerpiece. Ideal for the budget-conscious bride, this centerpiece packs a powerful punch without requiring loads of flowers.

MAKE IT: How to Make a Glass Bottle Centerpiece

Avant-garde

These honeycomb tissue paper balls are traditionally hung from the ceiling, but you are more creative than that, right? Pile them up along the center of your table for decor that's brimming with color and creativity.

SEE MORE: Quick, I Need a Centerpiece! 10 Easy DIY Options That Aren't Flowers

Freshly Picked Garland

Sometimes it pays (and saves) to look to the backyard for fresh greenery and floral options to forge. Here, magnolia leaves are placed on the table and filled with DIY paper magnolia blooms that look almost too real.

SEE MORE: DIY Projects and Ideas for Creating an Old-Fashioned, Southern-Style Wedding

Tea Time

Take care of your 'something old' with antique vases and vessels on the tables. Here, a gorgeous milk glass teapot serves as the container for a couple of fragrant pink peonies.

Winter Wonderland

For a holiday wedding, embrace a wintry color palette of soft whites and frosted greens. Here, Queen Anne’s lace and ranunculus pair with luscious garden roses. A rustic wooden runner and pinecones bring a natural, woodsy quality to the display, while mercury glass accents add a touch of twinkle.

SEE MORE: 34 Whimsical + Romantic Winter Wedding Ideas

Fall Harvest

Add inexpensive fall flair to your table with a festive mix of delicious apples, bundles of cinnamon sticks and seeded eucalyptus foliage placed inside a rustic-chic wooden box.

MAKE IT: Fall Harvest Centerpiece

Natural Inspiration

Taking cues from winter’s bare trees, this flowerless centerpiece is wintry but neither dull nor lifeless. Tree branches create height and visual interest, while flickering tea light candles contribute soft movement. Pinecones add a charming, woodsy accent. Recreate this look with forest finds, or buy natural items in bulk at your local craft store. Hang votives from the branches using twine or wire.

Garden Wedding Inspiration

For the garden-themed wedding, fresh herbs planted in farmhouse-style chalkboard vessels make gorgeous table arrangements. They could also double as favors for guests to take home at the end of the night.

Trash to Treasure

You’d be surprised how many items you toss into your recycling bin each week can actually be used as wedding decor. Use spray paint, glitter, fabric, lace and more to transform glass jars and bottles into stunning wedding decorations that won’t break the bank.

SEE MORE: 15 Easy Ways to Cut Down on Wedding Costs

Simple is Chic

Sticking to one color and one variety of blooms can make DIYing a breeze when it comes to centerpieces. For a chic, cohesive look, mound pretty white florals in mercury glass vases and line down the center of your tables. For round tables, simply place one to three arrangements in the center.

SEE MORE: DIY Wedding Planning: 8 Tips for Timing and Logistics

Okie Dokie Artichokie

This easy-to-arrange mix of artichokes, magnolia leaves and seeded eucalyptus is the perfect blend of similar color tones and varied textures.

MAKE IT: How to Make an Artichoke and Magnolia Centerpiece

Candles + Confetti

Throwing a New Year's Eve affair? Pull off a super-stunning centerpiece look with large-flake gold confetti and a mixture of pillar and votive candles.

Glitter + Greenery

Nothing quite gets you in the party mood like glitter. These festive vases feature loads of chunky glitter with stems of baby eucalyptus flowing from the tops. Pro tip: When arranging with any variety of eucalyptus, make sure to strip the portion of stems that will be in the water clean of excess leaves and debris. If you don't, the water will quickly turn a yucky brown color from the sticky sap.

Clever Upcycling

Use leftover tile from a home reno or buy bargain tile scraps to create small table runners for your centerpieces. Save old metal cans and paint buckets to serve as cool, vintage-inspired vases. Consider simply filling the vases with inexpensive baby’s breath to keep costs low. The soft, whimsical flower is typically used as a filler but stands well on its own.

Ethereal in White

Offbeat but lovely in every way, this cotton centerpiece will blow your guests away. To make your own, pair raw cotton with gilded leaves (asparagus leaves are pictured above). Display your arrangements in gold containers, and pair them with votives to help achieve an airy, romantic feel.

Colorful Creativity

An unexpected but brilliant alternative to flowers, these embroidery hoop centerpieces are colorful, artistic and impactful. Gather your bridesmaids for a night of crafting, and knock out a chunk of your wedding worries. You’ll just need embroidery hoops, embroidery floss, floral wire and yarn in your wedding colors. MAKE IT

For the Bookworm

Don't want floral centerpieces? No problem! Creating a decorative centerpiece can be as easy as browsing your own house for items. An array of books can be styled with fun accent pieces to make a one-of-a-kind tablescape.

SEE MORE: Quick, I Need a Centerpiece! 10 Easy DIY Options That Aren't Flowers

Woodsy + Rustic

This woodsy centerpiece borrows from nature to make an organic impact. Wood rounds covered in moss create the base while simple florals and greenery add elegance to the overall design.

MAKE IT: Make a Rustic Wedding Centerpiece

Taste of the Tropics

Bring the feel of a destination wedding to your centerpieces with gorgeous greenery stems. Place tropical foliage, like monstera and ti leaves, inside glass cylinders for a simple and affordable tablescape.

Pop the Champagne

When thrifting or antique hunting for vessels, be sure to add champagne buckets to the wishlist. Not only are the openings ideal for floral arranging, but they also add a pretty pop of shimmer to the table.

Cluster Tiny Terrariums

The perfect option for a modern wedding, these mini terrariums are totally trendy. Filled with an array of succulents, they’re each a bit different. Cluster five or six in the center of every table for a gorgeous, full look.

MAKE IT: Tiny Terrarium Craft

Upcycled CANtainers

Anytime you’re working with common flowers such as daisies, roses or carnations, get creative with your containers to add personality and make them one-of-a-kind. A cost-effective option is to repurpose a soup or vegetable can, which simply requires a thorough washing before adding flowers.

SEE MORE: 10 Top-Notch Flower Arranging Tips

Sweet & Simple

Ideal for beginners, this arrangement of white hydrangeas, yellow ranunculus and salal greenery is a novice-friendly centerpiece idea. Pro tip: Arranging florals in odd numbers (5 hydrangeas, 3 ranunculi, etc.) is a more visually appealing and easier way to achieve the shape you want.

Going Coastal

A centerpiece doesn't have to be a fussy (and expensive) floral arrangement. Fill a large shell, basket or silver bowl with mercury glass ornaments, sprigs of fresh greenery and some loosely looped lengths of burlap ribbon for an effortlessly chic, refined beach look.

Backyard Blooms

Would you believe us if we said this arrangement cost only $5? Most of its beautiful blooms are foraged right from the backyard while one bunch of flowers from the grocery store fills in the gaps. Thank you, nature!

MAKE IT: Make a Large Flower Arrangement

Grow Your Own

If time is on your side, consider growing your own centerpieces. Carnivorous plants, succulents and ferns make up this three-piece arrangement. Set your plants on a fresh wood round for a rustic vibe.

Spring Has Sprung

Break out the hand-me-down dishes to stylishly set the table with your favorite mix-and-match pieces and glassware. Add color with an abundance of spring blooms plucked from the backyard or from the grocery store.

Greenery Galore

You don't need colorful blooms to make a statement. Keep it simple by filling a vase with fresh green foliage. To get this look, arrange silver brunia berries, gunnii and seeded eucalyptus, frosted explosion grass, Grevillea foliage, salal, succulents and variegated pittosporum in a tall, skinny vase filled with a moistened block of floral foam.

Cake Plate Perfection

Perfect for a winter or holiday-themed event, these small cake plates topped with fresh greenery, ornaments and white pillar candles add pretty cheer to any tablescape.

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