DIY Decor: Tabletoppers

I’ve taken to calling the look or design of our wedding, as I envision it, “Vintage Whimsical.”  Steve said I’m probably the only person on the planet who knows what I mean by that, and I suspect he’s right. 🙂 The centerpiece idea here may offer one illustration.

My creativity tends to be object-inspired: when I see a fabric or dish or some other design element that appeals to me, I start putting it together in my mind with other colors and objects. So, once I found the aqua bottles and the fabric–a wonderful combination of bright, modern colors with a lacy, romantic design–the tabletop decorations pretty much composed themselves. Though they may undergo some tweaks in the coming months, the photos capture the initial idea.

Supplies for this or a similar tabletop centerpiece:

  • A focal fabric to ground each centerpiece. We’ll be cutting the large oval designs out and placing one on a white tablecloth in the center of each table.
  • Coordinating clear or colored glass vases of varying heights and sizes to group in threes or fives.
  • One or more complementary flower stems (gerbera daisies for us) for each vase.
  • Small ceramic candle-holders. Solid pottery offers a nice contrast to the sparkle of the glass.
  • Vintage doilies in white and ivory, one per centerpiece to highlight the candle-holder.
  • Real or electric tea-lights, depending on what a particular venue might allow.

The bottles and ceramic bowls came from Michaels, though neither was marketed as wedding decor. Some similar blue vases that were wedding-designated cost almost three times as much! The ceramic kitchen “dipping bowls,” which were sold in boxes of four, are just the right size for tea-lights. Surprisingly, the fabric actually came from a bedroom/bathroom suite at Bed, Bath and Beyond.  I knew it was perfect the moment I saw it, so its intended use was immaterial (no pun intended). The fabric still makes me smile every time I lay eyes on it.

And that’s really what the whole day is about: smiles.  A few takeaway tips for creating original centerpieces on a budget:

  • Groupings of multiple bud vases featuring single stems can create a lot of impact for far less expense than more elaborate florist-arranged centerpieces.  Concentrating some color in the vases/bottles themselves may also give you more decorating bang for your buck.
  • Creative re-purposing of items and materials not specifically marketed as or intended for wedding decor may result in less expensive, more unique decorations.  Consider using things you already own and love; I’ll be drawing on my vintage linen collection for some of those doilies!
  • Consider borrowing items, too, if that option is available. One of my mother’s friends has an extensive collection of doilies, so we’ll be able to round out the rest of centerpieces using some of her lovely stash.

Incorporating a few DIY projects into your wedding is a great way to put your own stamp on the celebration.  Tap into your creativity and have fun!

4 thoughts on “DIY Decor: Tabletoppers

  1. I love it…plus go with your gut. I wad responsible for my parent ‘s 50th reception and designed all the table decorations. When I described my color choice people were all “stick to gold and cream.” Glad I didn’t listen. I blogged about it with pics last week.
    Good luck with your reception!


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