22 Eye-Catching & Inexpensive DIY Wedding Centerpieces


22 Eye-Catching & Inexpensive DIY Wedding Centerpieces | thegoodstuff

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!

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 1. Rainbow Rice Bowls

22 Eye-Catching & Inexpensive DIY Wedding Centerpieces | thegoodstuff

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.

Materials

  • White rice
  • Clear plastic containers (I used an old almond container)
  • Vinegar
  • Food coloring (gel or liquid)
  • Paper plates or trays

Directions

  1. 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,
  2. 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.
  3. Spread the rice out on a tray or paper plate to dry.
  4. Repeat the process to make as many colors and as much rice as you like, rinsing the plastic container between colors.
  5. Fill bowls or votives with the rice. And add tealights or display on its own.

2. Love Buckets

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Source: eHow

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

22 Eye-Catching & Inexpensive DIY Wedding Centerpieces: Floating Flower Hurricanes Centerpiece Idea | thegoodstuff

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

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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

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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

22 Eye-Catching & Inexpensive DIY Wedding Centerpieces: Floral Birdcage Wedding Centerpiece Idea | thegoodstuff

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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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.

13. Fishbowl

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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

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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

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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

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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

22 Eye-Catching & Inexpensive DIY Wedding Centerpieces: Paper Pinwheels Centerpiece Idea | thegoodstuff

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.

18. Gumballs

22 Eye-Catching & Inexpensive DIY Wedding Centerpieces | thegoodstuff

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

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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

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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

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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

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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.

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  • Whyareyoustupid?

    Yeah, nothing is more fun and beautiful at a wedding than a dead fish is a bowl. I hope no one is that stupid to put fish in a little bowl where is NOT enough space or air for fish to live even to the end of the wedding.

    • couponscom

      Thanks for the tip! If you don’t have enough room for a large bowl in your centerpiece, it might be a good idea to try one of the other centerpiece ideas.

      Thanks for reading!

    • Ayesha Solaiman

      While that centerpiece looks beautiful, goldfish are *not* meant for fish bowls, especially those placed outdoors. Not even for a day. Goldfish (all fish…) need a certain temperature of water to live in (too hot or too cold and they can die). The water needs to be de-chlorified. The water needs to have some form of “movement” (bubbles, fountain, SOMETHING) to keep surface tension so that there is oxygen in the water. Also, what happens to the goldfish afterwards? Each common goldfish needs 20 gallons – and they grow 1 foot long and live about 20 years. I know how that sounds, but really, it’s true. Goldfish are koi and are meant for ponds, NOT fish bowls. Fancies need less water and space, but still a lot… So unless the couple is planning to have a huge pond I think this is a really unfortunately bad idea. While it LOOKS really great, it actually is kind of torturing the fish.. goldfish (and fish in general) deserve better treatment. It’s pretty sad knowing that their life span is 20 years, but most goldfish live like … 2 weeks, because they’re not cared for properly. An alternative to this would be to have a singular big tank of sorts set up somewhere, where water temp. could be maintained, where there’s enough space to swim (and oxygen won’t run out), where the water is decholorinated and the tank is cycled, etc. :)

    • couponscom

      Hi Ayesha,
      Thank you for the info on how to care for goldfish! While goldfish (and other fish) are beautiful and fun to watch, it may be a better idea for the bride and groom to use one of the other centerpiece ideas if they don’t have room for a properly-sized tank. :)

      Thank you for reading and sharing!

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    Great ideas. Wish I’d had these around when I married some years ago. I think the goldfish is a cute idea – maybe on a longer table though that could hold a larger fish tank as a great display.

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      Hi Wanda,
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      I actually love the goldfish idea. Sorry PETA-Enthusiast!

  • lucyjoyphin

    I’ve only just seen this and am complete horrified that anyone would suggest using living creatures to put on display as “decoration” at any sort of event. That’s just outrageous! What is there to keep drunken guests from sticking their hands in the bowl and contaminating the water? Are the bride and groom planning on purchasing said fish on the day and feeding them immediately? how are they going to be transferred from the store to home to venue? not to mention what happens to them afterward… Are they planning on buying an aquarium and taking all the fish home at the end of the night with them to take care of or will they just be thrown away? Hmm? Those living breathing tiny innocent creatures who actually do need to be cared for so they don’t LITERALLY die from stress!?! Did you think of the logistics of this AT ALL before putting it up as a suggestion? It’s not that easy to just pour tiny fish out of a fish bowl to take with you when you’re half drunk, tired, and in a hurry to get home before you pass out… Fish die at receptions too by the way. Guests sitting there, mid dinner, suddenly realizing that there’s a dead thing in a bowl sitting right in front of them while they’ve got a big hunk of baked salmon hanging out of their mouths? No thanks!