(Closed) Help diy cheap elegant center pieces

posted 7 years ago in Decor
Post # 2
30392 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

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tayler1991:  Keep in mind that those huge cylinder vases filled with pillar candles will not be inexpensive, even if you find a place to rent the vases.

Post # 3
340 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2015

Can the cylinder vase explode with the heat created of the candle?

Post # 4
2031 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2014

The vases/ candle holders are really what can drive DIY centerpieces very high (with a florist you just rent them).  You can save money by doing DIY centerpieces (that is what I am doing), but it just completely depends on the vision.  One of the reasons rustic is so popular, is that it is cute when done right and really affordable (you can find cases and cases of mason jars for next to nothing at garage sales to use as vases).  That was a major reason I went with it (I like it and it fits my venue, but I’m really not that picky with decor).

Also, check on the dollartree.  They have a bunch of different affordable options (I believe they sell the cylinder vases).  

Post # 5
178 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: July 2014 - Backyard

I bought hurrican vases at the dollar store and am putting in a mixture of five flowers and greens in each. I don’t know about candles.


Good luck!

Post # 6
84 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

Ditto on the vases, at one point i tried to price them out – and depending on the number of tables you have, the prices can sky-rocket.  

If that’s your vision – I would recommend either a cheap-er florest or a party rental place, but it still won’t be super cheap.  

If you’re set on the hurricane look, try to limit the number of vases and keep the vases to one size – that way you can bulk order them.  

Post # 7
2221 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2015 - Walnut Hill Bed & Breakfast

What about using wine or beer bottles as vases? (Something you can source from friends/family for free!) You could even try filling them with the salts and pearls too. 




if you can figure out how to cut the bottoms off… http://www.pinterest.com/pin/444449056946467333/ 


  • This reply was modified 7 years, 3 months ago by amberback.
Post # 8
397 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: December 2014 - Columbia, SC

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tayler1991:  If you want this look and for it to be inexpensive I recommend checking dollar tree or your local dollar store. Also, you can reuse glass jars and cans, but they may not be as “elegant” as you are thinking. 

Post # 9
159 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: July 2014 - Barn

I think you can do this inexpensively as long as you get deals on the vases. If you’re alright with them not matching check out value village or a similar type thrift store. Also, antique stores. I picked up some nice vases at the dollar store, but I found they had very little selection in terms of shape.

Also, make sure your venue allows for real candles!! Mine doesn’t, so we got a ton of the battery powered ones from the dollar store, but they do have a different glow than real candles (kinda obvious but worth pointing out)

Post # 11
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I’m using Kilmer jars, with a candle and the bottom of the jar there will be dried roses… I don’t mind you using the idea…. The only thing is I do have very small tables So looks ok… If you have bigger tables you would need something bigger…. 

Post # 12
173 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

My friend did this style but with fake sunflowers and jelly balls.  The bottom bowl had the jelly balls and fake sunflowers.  The top smaller bowl, had the jelly bowls and one large candle right in the middle.  To have lightingon the bottom bowl, she bought those led tea candles off ebay (24 pk) for $17 and put them in there for it to shine and on the bottom of the bowls are those mirrors to reflect even more light.  It was so simple but amazing when the room lights were dimmed. 

  • This reply was modified 7 years, 3 months ago by lilwickedful.
Post # 13
194 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

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tayler1991:  I agree with other posters- large vases and big pillars will be very expensive.  Maybe look for various vases, fill with clear stones, float candles/flowers on the top.  Also, metallic spray paint can transform lots of candlesticks/vases into “metal” looking containers, which IMO richens the look.  Posted some pix below of some ideas with inexpensive supplies.  Most can be customized to color scheme.  

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