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DIY Wedding Centerpiece on a Budget (Part 1)

Who would ever think bottles could look SO good as a centerpiece?! I die for this tablescape. It's absolutely gorgeous. Do you know the best part? It's EASY and INEXPENSIVE to make!! Your wallet will be thanking you for saving thousands (yes, thousands)*!

Click below to watch the YouTube video, or if you prefer you can keep on reading.

 Photo Credit: Studio A Images (@StudioAImages) / Flowers: Flower Moxie (@FlowerMoxie)

Photo Credit: Studio A Images (@StudioAImages) / Flowers: Flower Moxie (@FlowerMoxie)

Below is a list of materials that I used to make this centerpiece. Of course you can cater the materials, colors, etc. to match the color and theme of your wedding/party.

Materials You Will Need for This Project:

Bottles: All shapes and sizes (grab some from BBQs, thrift stores, sales at craft stores, etc.) Be sure to have approximately 12 per table

Spray Paint: Primer, Copper, and Gold (if you're using this same color scheme as me)

Leafing: I used copper and gold leaf for these bottles, but they come in silver, too! If you leaf, you'll need to grab some leafing adhesive and sealer, too!

Glitter: Extra Fine Gold. If you can find a copper tone, I'd suggest you use that as well. The more texture and variety, the better!

Flowers and Water: Duh. I got mine from flowermoxie, but you can get it from your local florist or nursery. Whatever is the most cost effective for you! If you're determined to go with faux flowers.. they will also look beautiful here but don't go with the cheap stuff (or it will look cheap overall). Mix and match between really nice flowers (from your local craft store coupled with a coupon) and less expensive flowers from the dollar store.

Stem Glasses: I grabbed a few to put on the table from the dollar tree. You don't need to be fancy with these

Flower Petals: I used these faux but you can opt to use real flower petals.

 

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Tools/Extras You Will Need for This Project:

  • Box Cutter or an Xacto Knife
  • WD40
  • Paint Brush or Foam Brush

Difficulty: Easy

Cost: $$


Instructions:

To start, I took about a dozen bottles give or take per table. I collected a bunch from BBQs, parties and ripped the paper off.

DIY Wedding Centerpiece on a Budget - Simply Handmade Studios

I notice some residue might be on there so I took some WD40, sprayed it on the problem area. I let it soak for just a few seconds then scraped off the paper with my utility knife. After most of the paper was scraped off, I sprayed some more WD40 and wiped away the excess with a paper towel to remove the sticky residue.

DIY Wedding Centerpiece on a Budget - Simply Handmade Studios

When all the residue was removed, I washed the bottles and set them to dry overnight

The next day I primed the bottles with Rustoleum’s white spray paint and once it had some time to dry I painted some of the bottles with Rustoleum’s metallicgold and some with Rustoleum’s copper.

DIY Wedding Centerpiece on a Budget - Simply Handmade Studios
DIY Wedding Centerpiece on a Budget - Simply Handmade Studios

I took some gold bottles and painted on some modpodge. I then took some glitter and added it all around. I set it aside to dry then added another layer of modpodge to prevent glitter fallout.

DIY Wedding Centerpiece on a Budget - Simply Handmade Studios

Some of the copper bottles have this weird veining going on so I decided to add some leafing adhesive and press in some copper leaf.

DIY Wedding Centerpiece on a Budget - Simply Handmade Studios

I love how it gives the bottle a shiny texture. You can still see any writing or imperfections on the bottle but I don’t mind this.

DIY Wedding Centerpiece on a Budget - Simply Handmade Studios
DIY Wedding Centerpiece on a Budget - Simply Handmade Studios

Take those dollar tree stems and add your flower with some water. This is so simple yet so elegant

DIY Wedding Centerpiece on a Budget - Simply Handmade Studios

Add some custom wedding menus (refer to the invitation post here if you want to see how you can make your own!), gold chargers, and some faux flower petals and the look is complete!

DIY Wedding Centerpiece on a Budget - Simply Handmade Studios
DIY Wedding Centerpiece on a Budget - Simply Handmade Studios

See? This centerpiece is so gorgeous yet so simple to make! Don't forget to check out PART 2 and PART 3!


* I based the dollar amount compared to my wedding centerpieces. I went with a florist when I got married and spent $2000 on my centerpieces. I also got a HUGE discount thanks to my amazing wedding planner. For approximately 3 tables, I spent approximately $200-$250 on flowers since I got bottles for free and I already had the leafing/spray paint etc. on hand (my craft closet is pretty stocked) so long story short.. yes, you can save thousands!

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