(Closed) centerpieces with lanterns, wood boxes, and… some kind of organic matter

posted 12 years ago in Decor
Post # 3
105 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: June 2008

Hey GV!  Those are so adorable.  I can try to answer a couple of your questions!   If you can’t find small wooden crates (try Ikea or a local garden center), have you thought about galvanized trays?  We have a similar theme as well and we’re using galvanized buckets. 

I’m also using jelly jars with votives in them, so I’m biased, but I think it’s a great idea!  Our outdoor venue can get really windy, and the jars will protect the candle.  We’re putting 3 on each table (but 1-2 more would look good, we’re just strapped for space b/c of family style dinner).  We tied ribbon around the top of each jar, a la Martha:


The ebay links didn’t work for me…but I know they sell cute lanterns about that size at Ikea.  They have little cut-out stars, which may be too cutesy for you..I think they come in blue, red, and silver.

I think whether you give the table # height depends on the size of your venue and # of guests…if it’s small, it will be easier for people to walk around and find their table…but you might want to make it easier to see by putting them on a small easel (again, something we’re doing!).  Either way, people will love your centerpieces 🙂

As for what to plant, have you ever seen steppables?  They sell them at garden centers, and they’re basically just a lot of different varieties of ground cover.  Some of them are flowering, but most of them aren’t.  That would probably be the lowest-maintenance thing I can think of.  Or wheatgrass maybe?

Good luck!

Post # 6
220 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2008

I bought my wooden boxes from Michaels.  I haggled with them since I bought 20 large & 20 small. I also had them shipped directly to my parent’s nearest Michaels for free since my dad is staining them.

We are going to put wheatgrass in the clear round trays you put under pots.  The trays fit perfectly and were only $1.   Here is a picture of my inspiration. 

Groundcover works.  If you have a black thumb, buy it from Lowes or Home Depot.  If you kill it, you can take it back.

Post # 7
220 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2008
Post # 10
72 posts
Worker bee

You can order wooden crates here:


Those herbs are not planted in the crates in your picture – they are still in their little pots fresh from the nursery (you can see the plastic stick).  They can be arranged around the lantern in the crate the day before the wedding – no green thumb needed.  You might want to line the bottom with a little plastic tray. 


Post # 12
34 posts
  • Wedding: June 2008

I am also using this idea.  I found a crafter at a local fair last fall who is making the boxes for me–$6 each!  (Philly area if you happen to be nearby.)  I recently bought lanterns from Joann’s at 50% off for $8 each, and I picked up 12 packs of basic votives for the tables at A.C. Moore on sale for $3.50 each.

Then my florist is providing 8-10 little pots of herbs per table (may not all fit in the box, may scatter tham around or place them on windowsills in our room), a small amount of flowers for each box to brighten things up, and moss to fill things out for about $50 per table (not bad considering the herbs are also the favors). 

I will try to post some photos soon of the boxes and lanterns: http://andvet.blogspot.com/  I am an intermittent blogger, but check back later this week.  🙂

Post # 13
24 posts

When you do get your eco-friendly centerpiece constructed -I would love to share your pictures at http://www.thegreenbrideguide.com

I recently featured a bride who did something with moss from her yard, a few blooms and wooden boats – http://realgreenweddings.blogspot.com/2008/06/spring-style.html (she is reselling the boats by the way)  

Please e-mail me if you are interested at [email protected]

Thanks and good luck! 


The Green Bride Guide


Post # 14
443 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2009

If you’re worried about finding containers that’ll hold water plus you have a black thumb, maybe you should consider using artificial moss or wheatgrass? artificial organic matter has really come a long way they actually do look real! I would suggest cruising around Michaels and AC Moore craft stores and see what you can find. That way you can also make them way ahead of time and not have to worry about them dying the day before the reception!!

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