I was a DIY bride. This was partly due to the Capricorn in me taking control (I was slightly anal retentive with my vision). But a huge factor for my DIY craze was our budget. We knew how much we had to spend and I’ve never been the type to splurge on things that I can do myself.
My favorite project from our wedding was the centerpieces. I saved a lot of money by making ours myself for about $5 each. They turned out really cute and fit our preppy/nautical theme perfectly.
Here’s How I Did It!
1.DIY pedestal vases (Click on the Link for the Project)
2. Floral Foam from any craft store. I got mine at the Dollar Tree.
3. Silk or Artificial Flowers/Greenery of Your Preference
4. Clear Tape
5. Wire Cutters
- I made the pedestal vases in an earlier project that can be found here.
- Cut the floral foam block into pieces to fill your vase. This may not be necessary if you purchase the pre-cut foam.
- Using your wire cutter, cut the stems of your flowers to your preferred height. I would vary the different stem heights a little if you want a more natural arranged look. You may adjust the heights as you work based on what you feel looks best while you’re arranging them.
- In the vase, apply tape to secure the foam. You may want to glue the foam down. I chose the tape option because I knew I wanted to use the flowers and vases for different projects later on.
- Once the foam is secure, start arranging your flowers in the vase. This is the fun part because this step is based on the maker’s personal tastes. I knew I wanted mine cute and full. I opted for shorter vases and stems because I felt like it matched our overall theme better.
Final Product at Our Wedding!
Note: The year leading up to my wedding, I purchased a lot of flowers. The ones in my centerpieces were white roses from the Dollar Tree. My craft room looked even more out of control with the stems I had for our centerpieces and bouquets. On average, I used around three dollar store bouquets per vase. I had a couple of vases that were larger and I used at least 5 bouquets in those making their average cost $7.
Cost Breakdown Per Centerpiece:
$1 Candle Holder (For vase)
$1 Clear Bowl (For vase)
$3 Dollar Tree Bouquets ($1 each)
Approximate total cost: $5
I hope this helps another DIY bride out! I’d love to hear from fellow DIY bride squad on the handmade things you created for your weddings!