The big day is all about little touches, and eye-catching centerpieces are a must for memorable decor. Although bouquets of flowers are just fine, you can spend less money and have more fun by making your own inexpensive and easy decorations. They’ll reflect your creative side and your uniqueness as a couple, making your “I Dos” a truly memorable event. Speaking of memorable, these creative wedding favors make a thoughtful treat for your guests!
1. Rainbow Rice Bowls
Add pops of color to your table with the simplest and most inexpensive ingredient—white rice! You can dye it any color you like, and create several different hues or just one. Use it to fill votives, bowls, or jars. Place each color in its own display, or stack them as you would colorful sand. Use your imagination to turn rice into simple centerpieces or even a much more elaborate design.
- White rice
- Clear plastic containers (I used an old almond container)
- Food coloring (gel or liquid)
- Paper plates or trays
- Pour 1 cup of rice into a clean plastic container. Pour in a bit of vinegar (about 1 teaspoon) and a few drops of food coloring,
- Add the lid and swirl it around a bit with a spoon or toothpick. Then put the lid on and shake vigorously until all the rice is colored.
- Spread the rice out on a tray or paper plate to dry.
- Repeat the process to make as many colors and as much rice as you like, rinsing the plastic container between colors.
- Fill bowls or votives with the rice. And add tealights or display on its own.
2. Love Buckets
Paint buckets with the sentiment of your choice (stick with the word “Love” or spell out the happy couple’s name, etc.), and fill them with water and fresh-cut flowers. Black and white is chic, but you could also make a colorful version as well.
3. Floating Flower Hurricanes
Source: Two Twenty One
This whimsical centerpiece is inexpensive and oh-so-easy. Make hurricanes out of vases and candlesticks (or buy them) and fill them with water, rose petals, and a floating candle.
4. Upside Down Wine Glasses
Source: Goods Home Design
Centerpieces for your wedding can be made simply by turning traditional ideas upside down. Give wine glasses another perspective, and they’re suddenly the perfect makeshift candlestick. Place flowers, marbles, or other decor underneath the cup.
5. Vintage Tea Tins
Source: Intimate Weddings and Martha Stewart Weddings
Here’s a colorful centerpiece idea that’s full of character: Use an eclectic collection of vintage tea tins as flower vases. These are easily to find at thrift stores and online.
6. Floral Birdcage
Source: Bridal Guide
For a magic garden atmosphere, place an overflowing collection of flowers in a vintage birdcage. You can paint it first in a fresh pastel hue or any color you like.
7. Wooden Spools
Source: Style Me Pretty
Celebrate your crafty side on your big day by using large wooden spools and balls of yarn as creative table decor. This is perfect for the bride who’s a knitter or sewer, or anyone who simply appreciates the look.
8. Glittery Wine Bottles
Source: Camp Makery
Just as there are about zillion ways to decorate wine bottles, there are a zillion ways to turn them into centerpieces, but these ombre glittery ones are real winners. They’re awesome enough to display on their own, or to combine with flowers and votives.
9. Sand Bottles
Source: Ruffled Blog
Just like when you used to make them as a kid, sand bottles are striking decor. Fill uniquely shaped bottles, such as old milk jugs, with sand in colors of your choosing, stick in a flower or succulent, or display as is.
10. Orange Table Runner
Source: Green Wedding Shoes
A trip to the farmers market (or grocery store) will get you the main ingredients for this one-of-a-kind centerpiece. Simply arrange rows of oranges in the center of a table, and insert the occasional flower.
11. Bouncy Ball Vase
Source: Cheerful Events
For the couple who is still young at heart, bouncy ball vases make for playful decor. Bags of bouncy balls are inexpensive, and full of color and pattern.
12. Lego Bowl
Source: Gemma Clarke
This is an adorable and easy way to build an awesome wedding table with a sense of a humor. Fill a bowl with legos and stick in a sweet chalkboard sign.
Source: Wedding Chicks
Nothing adds life to the party like a centerpiece that’s alive. Buy a bunch of goldfish at your local pet store and display them in a circular bowl with colorful pebbles to match your decor.
14. Grass Table Runner
Source: Want That Wedding
Flowers have all the fun, but why not add some grass to your tablescape? Just be sure to plant it a few weeks ahead of time so it has a chance to grow.
15. Painted Logs
Source: New York Social Diary
For a vibe that’s both rustic and contemporary, paint the ends of logs in bright hues (the circular motif is especially well-suited to their shape). Then stack them up in the center of the table.
16. Vintage Books
Source: Green Wedding Shoes
For the literary couple, stacks of vintage books create a homey and unique setting. Intersperse glass bottles filled with flowers for a bit of color.
17. Paper Pinwheels
Source: Hitched Salon
Pinwheels are inexpensive to buy, but also easy to make in colors and patterns of your choosing. They’ll add whimsy to your wedding tables, and are a fun accessory for guests to play with and take home.
Source: DIY Bride
Gumballs are an unexpected and surprisingly beautiful table accessory. Use them to fill a trough containing a row of votives.
19. PVC Pipe Vases
Source: HGTV and Creative Crash
Sometimes the best decorations start with the most unlikely materials. Who would’ve thought a coat of spray paint could turn PVC pipes into vibrant vases.
20. Tassel Poms
Source: Cake Events and Design
Make simple tissue paper tassels and glue them to wooden dowels for centerpieces worth cheering for. Use any colors you like to match your decor.
21. Game Board
Source: Green Wedding Shoes
If the happy couple loves a good board game, why not display one on the table. Scrabble is especially well-suited since it allows you to spell out a little message at the same time.
22. Tulle Pompoms
Source: UptownAbby via Etsy
Make your own version of these whimsical tulle pompoms with this tutorial. They’re a subtle but noteworthy bit of decor.
No one wants their nuptials to be cookie-cutter, but you can rack up a big bill trying to purchase the perfect decor. Instead, have fun adding personal and homemade touches via these creative centerpieces. They’re easy, inexpensive, and have a whole lot of character.