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DIY Wedding Centerpiece with Dollar Tree Frames!

These wedding centerpiece is my personal favorite of all three of the wedding centerpieces I created. Not only is it gorgeous, but it's very economical! If I can make this centerpiece, you can too, since this is my first time making it. Think of this as crafting with a friend :)

DIY Lantern Centerpiece with Fresh Flowers

Materials Needed for this project:

Instructions:

The first thing you'll need to do is read this tutorial. Haha. It will tell you all you need to know about making the dollar tree frame in detail. Once you're done, come back for the next few steps!

While the lantern is in production, go ahead and place the floral foam in the bucket of water if you're planning on arranging it immediately. If you're making this in advance, you can wait to soak the foam until you're ready to arrange. The foam will take a few minutes to soak in the water. Don't push it down as tempting as it is! Just let it fall to the bottom/soak the water naturally.

Once I was all done with the lantern, I glued a clear saucer to the bottom of the lantern and hot glued reindeer moss around it to cover the bare balsa wood. One thing I made sure was that the saucer was able to hold the size of the floral foam I had. The foam size will vary depending on the size of the lantern.

DIY Lantern Centerpiece with Fresh Flowers

I soaked the floral dome in water and placed it in the saucer at the center of the lantern.

DIY Lantern Centerpiece with Fresh Flowers

Once you have the foam inside, start sticking in the filler leaves in the dome. Be sure to not re-use a hole that has been punctured. This will form an air pocket and not allow the plant to drink the water that has soaked in the foam.

In short, it will cause the leaf or flower to wilt before your event is over! No one wants that!!

 Ignore the holes here. I had to re-film this video since I wasn't recording the first time! Your dome will be nice and smooth :)

Ignore the holes here. I had to re-film this video since I wasn't recording the first time! Your dome will be nice and smooth :)

Once the entire dome has been covered by the filler leaves, I began adding the largest flowers I had and worked my way to the smaller flowers.

DIY Lantern Centerpiece with Fresh Flowers
DIY Lantern Centerpiece with Fresh Flowers

Once you're happy with the way the arrangement looks, you're all done! So easy, right??

PS: You can totally do this with faux flowers, but you'd want the really good flowers from Michael's right?? Not the obviously fake ones from the 99c stores. Sometimes fresh is actually cheaper than fake so take that into account when trying to recreate this.

Here are some photos of the arrangement by the talented Adena from Studio A Images (@studioaimages). Special thanks to Snug Harbor (@celebrateatsnugharbor) for letting me use your gorgeous facility! Flowers are from FlowerMoxie.com

DIY Lantern Centerpiece with Fresh Flowers
DIY Lantern Centerpiece with Fresh Flowers
DIY Lantern Centerpiece with Fresh Flowers
DIY Lantern Centerpiece with Fresh Flowers

Want to see how I actually made this arrangement? Check out the video!

PS: Don't forget to check out PART 2 and PART 3!

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