Although I love the look of a table centerpiece, there’s never money in my budget to buy one. That’s really how I started looking for simple DIY centerpieces that I could whip up with things I have at home. To my surprise, there was inspiration around almost every corner of my house — and a few ideas outside in the yard too!
When put together nicely, a homemade centerpiece can look just as impressive as an expensive one you’ve bought from the store. Listed below are 14 centerpiece ideas made from household items. There’s something for everyone and for every occasion!
Vases – Whether they’re filled with something, or left plain, vases are a great item to use as a centerpiece. Just line a few up and down the middle of the table. Make sure they’re sparkling clean!
Round ornaments – I absolutely love the look of round Christmas ornaments on the table. This idea is great for a holiday get together. Mix-match your favorite colors and pile them inside one large dish or several small ones.
Seashells – Seashells are one of nature’s real treasurers. They have great texture, beautiful shapes, and, if you’ve found them on the beach yourself, a great story. Whether you have a handful of small seashells, or several large ones, they’ll look great on the table.
Candles – Unscented candles are always welcome as a centerpiece. Stack pillar candles of varying heights, or combine different size votive candles, pillars, and tea light candles in the middle of the table.
Candy – Candy is bright, colorful, and a fun addition to a table. This isn’t just an idea for a kid’s party, either. Whether you have jars filled with colorful gumdrops, or a same-colored assortment of lots of tasty treats, candy is an inexpensive item that will add a punch of color.
Marbles – Place colorful marbles in margarita or martini glasses and you’ll see why they’re a favorite. They can also be placed on top of mirrored trays or used to hold flowers in place inside a bowl or vase.
Twigs – Yes, twigs make a great DIY centerpiece! You’ll have to play around with the placement of the twigs, but when set inside a tall vase, they make quite a pretty statement. Spray paint them silver or gold for a quick holiday centerpiece idea.
Mirrors – I attended a party once where a large oval mirror was used as a centerpiece, and I fell in love. Candles were set on top of the mirror, which gave the whole surface a whimsical shimmering effect. Several small mirrors are also quite stunning as a centerpiece, especially when accented with marbles or candles.
Flowers – Of course, flowers are a go-to centerpiece idea for any occasion. They’re fragrant and beautiful, and make everyone feel at home. No need to spend a fortune on an expensive floral arrangement though.
Mason Jars – Mason jars are a great choice for a casual meeting, and they can be used in many different ways. Use them plain or accent them with twine, ribbon, or a chalkboard label. Fill them with flowers, candles, sliced fruit, candy, marbles, and more.
Cocktail glasses – Cocktail glasses make gorgeous vessels for the middle of the table. With their sleek lines and curvy shapes, virtually anything looks special inside of a cocktail glass. Marbles, candy, flowers, or colorful baubles are just a few ideas.
Fruit – Lemons, limes, kiwi, strawberries…..they’re all a fabulous choice for a quick centerpiece. Fill tall cylinders with the fruit, or slice them up and add them to a bowl of water in the middle of the table.
Pinecones and acorns – Hosting a dinner in the fall? Try decorating the table with pinecones and acorns! They won’t cost you a dime, and they are the perfect addition to an autumn-themed event. Fill several small bowls with these simple treasurers, and you’re done!
Cake stands – One of my absolute favorite centerpiece ideas is using a tiered cake stand in the middle of the table, and stacking it with tasty desert items. If you aren’t having sweets at your event, you can fill the cake stand with fresh flowers instead. Either way, it’s a real attention getter!
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Source: Personal experience