With a tight budget and an eye for design, I created these unique
centerpieces for my October 2007 barn wedding. There just happened to
be a fallen tree in my parents backyard, so my Dad cut it up and saved
it for the big day. I picked up all of the other items online or at
local craft stores and with a little help from family & friends one
afternoon, we created 28 one of a kind centerpieces. The wedding was an
evening of rustic elegance – a look that you can create for your own
wedding with just a few inexpensive items.


What you will need:

· slice of wood ( 11? diam x 2.5? h)
· glass cylinder vases ( 11?h, 9?h, 6?h x 3.5? diam) you can find these at
Jo-Ann Fabrics, Michael’s Crafts, and Hobby Lobby
· pillar candles ( 3 varying heights to fit in each vase)
· ribbon & yarn
· fabric, wood, or dried flowers
· double sided tape
· scissors


1. Cut 3 pieces of ribbon/yarn (one arms length per piece). Wrap each vase with ribbon/yarn. Attach ends of ribbon/yarn with double sided tape to surface of vase. I chose to wrap with a knobby yarn, satin ribbon, and grosgrain ribbon to create a variety of textures. I also wrapped the ribbon/yarn at different heights on each vase to create more interest.

2. Attach fabric/wood/dried flower to a piece of ribbon and tie around tallest vase.

3. Insert pillar candles into vases. arrange cluster of vases on wood slice, keeping the sides with the tape facing the center.

4. Arrange fabric/wood/dried flowers on wood slice around the vase cluster. Light the candles and enjoy your rustically elegant centerpiece!

FYI: The wooden flowers shown are no longer available for purchase. I would suggest creating fabric flowers or heading to a local craft store and picking up some dried botanicals. If you are interested in creating these centerpieces in large numbers, I would suggest ordering the vases in bulk. Feel free to contact me for resource info.


Comments (11)

amanda b. young | Reply

These are fabulous! So gorgeous. It’s hard to believe something so pretty could be that easy…!

Meredith | Reply

These are so unique and striking. What a beautiful wedding!

Rachel | Reply

Wow, I love this. I might use it at Thanksgiving! I’ll be linking to it in my Thanksgiving Roundup as well.

Sabrina | Reply

These are breathtaking. I am planning a fall colored wedding, and something like this would be perfect! I may just have to copy your amazing creativity! :)

amanda | Reply

Love the monochromatic color scheme!

Stephanie | Reply

These are so fabulous and gorgeous!! Does anyone know where to find similar wooden flowers?

maria | Reply

love your site! please come by and take a peek at our handmade flowers

Sarah | Reply

I’m getting married at the Blue Dress Barn too! I absolutely love you centerpieces… Any chance you are selling the vases?

Sandy Kron | Reply

I have received several emails from people who want similar slices of wood for their table centerpieces. I am happy to let you know that I have ample wood available in all diameters, which can be cut to any thickness you need. I can also cut matching coasters, favors, name place holders, or whatever else you can think of from a log or branch. I offer personalized service, custom cutting at no extra charge, and very reasonable prices. Just send me an email, or give me a call at 218-384-9425. Request a free quote on line at:
Scroll down to the bottom of the page to request a free quote. There are photos of the wood I have available. Thank you……….Sandy | Reply

What type of wood was used and what type of saw? I have been trying a few different kinds but it’s hard. Any info would be great!

Julie | Reply

Hey There,

I was wondering if you knew where I could order the vases? Or where I could buy them from. I had a similar idea in mind and also requite 3 vases at 3 different heights – I just can’t seem to find them anywhere! If you could let me know that would be great!

I love your idea btw!