5 Simple + Affordable OMG DIY Centerpiece Ideas

Let’s pretend someone just quoted you $150 a centerpiece x 10 tables = $1500 😱

Ouch! This is just one of many contributing reasons why weddings have gotten smaller since 2020. Many brides are opting for weddings with less traditional vendors by doing it themselves. There are many pros & cons to DIY weddings.

It is rewarding to put in the effort & see results. DIY saves money so funds can be used in another part of the budget. A great place to save money is with do-it-yourself flowers.

this is a must-read guide on how to affordably create DIY wedding centerpieces

One of the main ideas you can do for your wedding is affordable DIY centerpieces. This can save you a lot of money & time. Typically you hire a flower vendor for a package that offers flora table centerpieces.

It’s very convenient to hire local florists so they do the task. The drawback is this can be very expensive. So let’s go over ideas to have centerpieces done under budget.

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The Benefits of DIY Centerpieces

Let’s face it, most of your guests aren’t flower experts. So then why spend the money if they won’t truly appreciate an expensive centerpiece floral arrangement? This is why we recommend you make the centerpieces yourself so that they are just as beautiful as the expensive centerpiece alternatives.

we cover several great ideas for your DIY wedding centerpieces

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  • Cost savings: DIY wedding centerpieces can be a cost-effective solution, as you can purchase materials in bulk and make the centerpieces yourself, rather than paying for them to be made by a professional.
  • Personalization: By creating your own centerpieces, you can personalize them to match your wedding theme, colors and style.
  • Flexibility: DIY centerpieces allow for greater flexibility in terms of design and materials, allowing you to create unique and personalized pieces that reflect your personal style.
  • Creativity: DIY centerpieces give you the opportunity to be creative and try new things. It’s a fun way to express your personality and bring a special touch to your wedding.
  • Collaboration: DIY centerpieces can be a fun way to bond with your bridal party, family and friends. You can create the centerpieces together and it can be a great bonding experience.
  • Memory: Creating your own centerpieces can be a special memory that you can cherish for years to come.
  • Customizable: DIY centerpieces are customizable and can be adjusted to your needs. You can adjust the size, design, and quantity of centerpieces to fit your table and budget.
  • Environmentally friendly: Many DIY centerpieces can be made using natural materials, such as flowers and plants, which are more environmentally friendly than synthetic materials.

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Candle Centerpiece Ideas

Candles are an amazing item to include on your wedding tables. They help create a very romantic, elegant & intimate atmosphere.

We recommend including some gorgeous vases for each candle. This way you can elevate the design to new heights.

Candles are also really versatile since they come in many different colors and shapes. You can go for tall stick candles for a very elegant look, or maybe some floating candles on glass vases with water. We have even seen couples use small candles in big numbers to give a fairy tale look to wedding tables.

what we love most about candles is the soft glow that helps add to your ambiance

You should try out different arrangements. Play with heights, colors & shapes so you can achieve the perfect design for your centerpieces. Try to mix in some scented candles to step up your centerpiece game and delight your guests with the scents.

Dried Flowers & Plant Ideas

We’ve all had that bouquet of roses that was gifted to us and started to dry after a few weeks. Those dried roses look beautiful despite not being alive anymore. Recently, there’s been a trend of centerpieces and decorations being made out of dried flowers and some other dry grasses and leaves.

many flower shops sell dried florals for centerpieces, and they’re not expensive

You don’t need many dried flowers to show off on your tables. Having a couple of dried roses with some branches and dry leaves on a vase will make the tables at your reception look magical and elegant. Dried flowers are a minimalistic wedding trend that works well for do-it-yourself wedding receptions.

Don’t be afraid of this trend. Centerpieces will look amazing with a small amount of dried nature and a gorgeous vase or pot. So what is the best part about dried flowers?

You don’t need to worry about these floral arrangements dying lol! Your guests can even take them home and keep them for a very long time (no watering required).

Succulent Centerpiece Ideas

Just like dried flowers, succulents have been a staple item of minimalistic design. It’s no surprise since they come in so many sizes, colors & shapes. Besides being cute, they’re also pretty cheap and easy to take care of!

Just like dried flowers, succulents have been a staple item of minimalistic design. It’s no surprise since they come in so many sizes, colors & shapes. Besides being cute, they’re also pretty cheap and easy to take care of!

Chances are you probably already have some in your garden. If not, you can get them at any of the greenhouses or shops that sell gardening supplies.

Making a succulent centerpiece is not that hard. All you need is your succulents and some dirt. You can get creative with small pots or vases to put them in.

They also make for great favors that your guests can take home. Succulents are considered low maintenance houseplants that keep for a long time.

succulents make for great guest favors, they are small and low maintenance

The main thing with this kind of centerpiece is to find a unique vase or pot to put them in. The less expensive the better! We suggest you take your time shopping local  thrift stores & dollar stores. This works well with thrifty wedding themes.

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Paper Luminary Inspirations

Are you going for a cozy and romantic wedding setting? You might want to consider making some paper luminaries as your centerpieces.

Luminaries come in different colors, designs, and shapes. When the candle is lit up, they showcase the design or colors of the paper. Doesn’t that sound neat?

luminaries are candles surrounded by a thin sheet of paper that can have designs cut into it

It’s really easy to make DIY paper luminary centerpieces. You need a light source and some thin paper. You can play and experiment with different colors, carving designs & shapes.


  1. Start by assembling the paper lanterns according to the manufacturer’s instructions.
  2. Once the lanterns are assembled, place a battery-operated tea light inside each one.
  3. Use glue or double-sided tape to attach decorative materials to the lanterns, such as ribbon or lace around the bottom rim or twine wrapped around the middle.
  4. Arrange the lanterns on tables or other surfaces as centerpieces for your wedding.

Always be careful when combining fire with paper. We recommend LED flicker candles as a more safe alternative. Your guests will love these unique fairy-tale luminaries, and your tables will be show-stopping.

Paper Flower Centerpieces

Following the theme of using paper to make centerpieces, you can make beautiful floral arrangements for your centerpieces. Still, instead of using real flowers, you can go for gorgeous DIY paper flowers.

These kinds of flowers are normally made with crepe paper that you can find at any art supply shop. You can also experiment with other kinds of paper.

There are many different ways to fold paper to create flower centerpieces, but one popular method is to use origami techniques. Here is a basic guide to folding an origami paper flower:

  1. Start with a square piece of paper. Fold it in half diagonally, crease it and then unfold it.
  2. Fold the paper in half diagonally the other way, crease it, and then unfold it. This will create a cross shape on the paper.
  3. Fold the paper in half horizontally and vertically, creasing it each time, and then unfold it.
  4. Fold the top and bottom edges of the paper towards the center crease.
  5. Fold the right and left edges of the paper towards the center crease.
  6. Fold the paper in half diagonally along the crease that runs from the top left corner to the bottom right corner.
  7. Fold the paper in half diagonally along the crease that runs from the top right corner to the bottom left corner.
  8. Fold the top and bottom edges of the paper towards the center crease again.
  9. Fold the right and left edges of the paper towards the center crease again.
  10. Fold the paper in half horizontally, creasing it, and then unfold it.
  11. Fold the top and bottom edges of the paper towards the center crease yet again.
  12. Fold the right and left edges of the paper towards the center crease yet again.
  13. Fold the paper in half vertically, creasing it, and then unfold it.
  14. Fold the top and bottom edges of the paper towards the center crease once more.
  15. Fold the right and left edges of the paper towards the center crease once more.
  16. You should now have a small square shape with layers of paper folded inside.
  17. To create the petals, unfold the layers of paper and make small cuts or fringes, leaving a small portion uncut to hold the petals together.
  18. Carefully unfold the layers of paper to reveal your flower.

You can create a bouquet of flowers by repeating the process with different colored papers and attaching them to a stem made of wire or plastic.

Note: The folding instructions described above are a basic guide, and there are many variations in the way you can fold the paper to create different types of flowers.

We suggest looking up tutorials on YouTube for the different kinds of flowers you can make. These are traditional crafts in many different countries, and they each have a certain technique.

if you like paper flowers, try creating a giant paper floral wall as a backdrop

Crafting paper flowers can be time-consuming. There are many ways to do it.  So explore which design works best for you & how much time you have available.

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Are Do It Yourself Centerpieces for You

So those are just some ideas for DIY wedding centerpieces, but many others might work for you. Don’t be afraid to do your research and find the best option for you and your wedding experience.

got a DIY centerpiece idea you love… tell us about it in the comments below

We recommend you do a cost-benefit analysis to compare how much you will save with the amount of time it will take to craft yourself. Congrats & now it’s time to get busy on those centerpieces!

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