Tuesday, September 7, 2010

DIY Centerpieces!

In planning our parents vow renewal/30th wedding anniversary bash we (my sisters & me) knew that after the catering hall one of the most expensive things would be the flowers.

So we decided that in order to save costs we would make them ourselves:. Here is what the tables looked like:



We decided to go with navy blue, turquoise blue and yellow color palette. So we knew we need to incorporate some of those fun shades into the table setting.

We added our color with the menu's and favor boxes and for the centerpieces I not only got to add more blue and yellow, but stripes as well! You all know I love a good stripe so I was thrilled with how they came out.

Getting the flowers were easy. Since we were on a budget I went to a flower wholesaler. Since I have a resale license it was no problem to walk right in and pick out what I wanted. Due to the upcoming holiday weekend there wasn't a lot to pick from, but those mums fit the bill perfectly.

They were neutral, added an element of texture and so full and massive that we knew we would 9 or 10 in piece centerpiece would make an impact! The best part....they were only $1 a stem.

Finding a home for them was exhausting. I thought it would be simple to find a square glass vase on a budget, but it was impossible.

Instead I found these:

They were the perfect size and the perfect price ($1.99). They weren't the look we were going for, but I knew I could fix it easily.

We purchased two yards of striped fabric at IKEA ($8.99 a yard) and with the help of your glue gun and the following steps we were in business!


Step 1: Cut the fabric to size. I cut enough so that I had an extra inch on the length and half an inch extra on the top and bottom. Then you simple glue down the first section:




Step 2: Wrap around fabric and make a hem with the glue gun. This helps you get a smooth seam and no frayed fabric.

Glued Hem:



Nice crisp seam glued down:



Step 3: Flip box over:



And glue down flaps like you were wrapping a present:



Step 4: Flip it back over and glue down the seams in the top of the box:



Voila you are all done!



I had purchased two different colored fabric so I made bands to wrap around the boxes in the other color.

* In order to get the flowers in the box and not soak it with water. I placed a small cereal bowl that I picked up for .89 cents and placed green floral foam in the bowl and stuck flowers into place.

It was a super easy project to do and while I did it for a centerpiece I think they same can be done and used as a vase in your own home.



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21 Comments:

Blogger Lindsey said...

WOW!! I love this!!!!!

September 7, 2010 at 2:59 PM  
Blogger Design Blooms said...

Love a good centerpiece! Im sure your parents are so happy to have such a talented daughter!!

September 7, 2010 at 3:19 PM  
Anonymous Splendid Sass said...

So pretty! Great job.
Teresa

September 7, 2010 at 3:24 PM  
Blogger LindsB said...

I'm in love! These are amazing and even better I might just copy this idea for my own wedding :)

September 7, 2010 at 3:34 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think you mean (my sisters & me) Me always goes last. English 101

September 7, 2010 at 3:36 PM  
Blogger Kelsey said...

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September 7, 2010 at 3:40 PM  
Blogger Kelsey said...

These are cute! Next time you could look into using blumeboxes. They're really cute and don't cost nearly as much as a glass vase - and they're eco-friendly! http://www.blumebox.com/index.shtml

September 7, 2010 at 3:42 PM  
Blogger High-Heeled Foot in the door said...

So happy everyone likes them. Thanks guys!!! xo C

Thanks for the correction Anon. I do a million and one things at a time. It is after all a one women show around here with the blog and my design biz and I don't always have time to proof read something before I post.

September 7, 2010 at 3:59 PM  
Blogger High-Heeled Foot in the door said...

Thanks for the tip on Blume box, but they didn't have the exact size I wanted and/or pattern. So going the DIY route was the best way for me to get what I wanted.


I will have to remember them for future projects. They are really cute!

September 7, 2010 at 4:01 PM  
Blogger Pemberley said...

Looks awesome! Great minds think alike - check my blog out today on centerpieces!
http://blog.pemberleycollections.com/

September 7, 2010 at 4:06 PM  
Blogger Lissa @ After Adornment said...

Looks amazing. I love that color pallet!

September 7, 2010 at 6:20 PM  
Blogger Helena - A Diary of Lovely said...

looks beautiful Camila! very original!!

September 7, 2010 at 6:21 PM  
Blogger The Consummate Hostess said...

Your centerpieces are just gorgeous- so cheerful and happy. I would have never guessed that they were homemade!

September 7, 2010 at 7:37 PM  
Blogger Hopeless Chest said...

Those are so cute and simple. Thank you for sharing. Looks like a fun evening from all the other photos.

September 7, 2010 at 9:08 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Your welcome on English. I didn't know it either until a friend of mine, an English teacher told me. No harm intended.

September 7, 2010 at 9:11 PM  
Blogger AB HOME Interiors said...

y'all did a fabulous job! They turned out super great! Looks like you had a really good time.
amanda

September 7, 2010 at 10:00 PM  
Blogger Ragland Hill Social by Gwen Driscoll said...

Really, really cute idea. It looks great. Hope you all had a great time. Have a good week.

September 8, 2010 at 1:06 AM  
Blogger Hello Lover... said...

They turned out great!

September 8, 2010 at 7:05 AM  
Blogger Kelly Green said...

You did a great job with those centrepieces! Stunning! KG

September 8, 2010 at 8:21 AM  
Blogger Kiran said...

Great job on the centerpiece! Very loveley!

xx
KC

September 8, 2010 at 9:45 AM  
Blogger Rachel@oneprettything.com said...

What a great idea! Easy and so pretty! Thanks so much for this, I'll be linking.

September 12, 2010 at 1:14 PM  

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