Have you ever watched HGTV and noticed what a fabulous job the interior designers do with accent pieces and flowers? I was inspired one day to jazz up my dining room table, which has nothing on it but some place settings that I only use for holiday dinners. My first instinct was to run to my local store and buy the pre-designed vases and centerpieces. Unfortunately, the good quality pieces cost upwards of $100 each! It feels ridiculous to pay THAT much for centerpieces that I will only look at when I have friends over for dinner or during the holidays…so I opted for something much simpler and easier to pull together. Check it out and try it for yourself if you’re interested in adding a little polish to your dining room without spending a fortune.
Step 1 – Opt for a Flower Arrangement
I am a huge fan of flowers! My favorite for the purposes of home decorating are white hydrangeas and white roses. I usually buy fresh flowers, but they can be a tad pricey so shop around for faux flower arrangements and never have to touch up your centerpieces.
I’ve cut the flowers stems to about 6 inches from the base of the flower bud. Depending on the height of your dining room table and chairs, you might have to adjust so be sure to measure before clipping the stems to see what works best for you.
Step 2 – Decide on the Vase and Knick Knacks to Dress it Up
This is an important part of making your centerpiece look original and flawless. First, think about how many vases or pieces you want on the table. Then decide on the shape you want to go with (circular, square, or column-shaped) and think about what other decorative knick knacks you want to dress it up with. For instance, some folks jazz up their vase with a starfish.
Step 3 – Arrange the Flowers in the vase
Not all flowers were created equal! Arrange them in the vase so that they appear even and full. Also, sit down at your table and make sure that they do not obstruct your view across the table. We want the centerpieces to be seen, but not be in the way! If they are too tall…simply cut another inch or so off the bottom.
Voila! You have yourself a simple DIY centerpiece that did not cost an arm and a leg.
Images: Crate and Barrel and Rossirovelta