With the economy still in a slump, many brides are taking the Do-It-Yourself approach to certain aspects of their weddings. This can be a great way to stretch a tight budget or allow for bigger spending on other wedding items. DIY projects are great for learning a new skill, spending time with your significant other, or helping the wedding party get to know each other before the big day!
For our first centerpiece, you will only need one large Mason jar per table and three small mason jars per table. You will also need lemons, hemp, a hot glue gun, extra sticks of hot glue, votive candles, and your choice of flowers. First, you want to slice your lemons to about a quarter of an inch thick. Put your bundle of flowers in the large Mason jar and then carefully maneuver your flowers to slip lemons just around the outside of the Mason jar. For the smaller Mason jars cut the end at an angle (so it won’t be as noticeable) and begin to glue the hemp down until you reach your desired width. When you’re ready to finish it off, cut the hemp at an angle so that it ends on the same side that it began. Place your large Mason jar in the middle and the smaller three in a triangle surrounding it. Add a mirror for more light and color and voila! You just made a cute and rustic centerpiece!
Our second DIY centerpiece is an easy one! All you need per table is a vintage china plate or a simple plate that matches your color scheme, three tall bottles (or vases), three votive candles, and flowers. Position a plate in the center of each table then add the three bottles (or vases). These can be varying in height, width, and design depending on how uniform or creative you want to make your reception. Between each of the three bottles (or vases) place a votive and now it’s time to get really fun! For inside your bottle or vase you can add some pebbles, aquarium rocks of the appropriate color, or (depending on how wide the mouth of your bottle is) you could even add a fish!
Our last DIY idea for centerpieces is for book-lovers and vintage-lovers or anyone who happens to have books or trinkets lying around the house. Take your favorite old books and stack them in the middle of the table, either neatly or a little spiraled, depending on your taste. Then add family heirlooms, small Mason jars of flowers, votive candles, or whatever else strikes you as vintage and appealing to the eye. This centerpiece allows each table to be a little different and gives guests an excuse to get up, check out all the different items, and mingle!
Just remember that “Do-It-Yourself” doesn’t necessarily mean “Do-It-Alone!” Recruit your friends, family, or wedding planning staff to hang out, get to know each other, and create beautiful centerpieces!