I’m always on the look out for unique and affordable centerpiece ideas, so I was thrilled when Laurie sent in this week’s DIY project because it fits both those crieteria’s perfectly. Fresh flowers can get expensive, so why not save money on the vases and create these lovelies. Enjoy!


What You’ll Need:

Tin Cans (an assortment of sizes)
Crochet Thread or Kite String
Sphagnum Moss

Daffodils (or any small blooming plant will do)
Small pebbles



1.  Begin by washing and removing the labels from your tin cans.  Be
careful not to cut yourself on the edge of the cans.

2.  Take a piece of moss, lay it on the outside of the  can and wrap
your string around the moss and can several times until it’s secure.
(see figure 1)

3.  Add another piece of moss and wrap the string around again.
Repeat until the can is covered.

4.   Take your scissors and trim the moss from the top and bottom of
can to make the edges neat.   (see figure 2)

5.  Wrap the string around several more times, pulling tightly while
working your way up and down the sides of the can.   Tie off with a
knot.   (see figure 3)

6.  Trim off any loose bits of moss with your scissors.

7.  Put a layer of small pebbles in the bottom of your can for
drainage  and plant the daffodils.

8.   Cluster a set of five or six vases in the center of each table.
(see figure 4)

What it cost:
Cans – Free !
Crochet Thread – $1.99
Moss – $5.00 for a large bag (which was enough to cover 8 – 9 cans)
Daffodils – $5.00 (for two four inch pots filled with multiple bulbs)


Comments (24)

Jade | Reply

What a great idea – I think I’m going to make some of these for my house!

Pia | Reply

I have never seen anything like this and I really love it. The string against the moss is so nice.

chelsea | Reply

So great! One of my favorites I think.

Jen @ Green Wedding Shoes | Reply

Love this! Making some of these for spring around my house too :)

jeska | Reply

so simple so chic! Love these.

simone | Reply

this is gorgeous!

chelsea {oh my deer} | Reply

oooh i love them! and they’re so adaptable for your wedding, a party, or just making your kitchen table a little bit brighter!

Kristin @ Contented Me | Reply

those are so lovely! and very modern centerpieces. thanks for sharing!

Rachel | Reply

Oh those are gorgeous! I’ll be linking to this.

Margaret, Project Wedding | Reply

Oooh it looks so gorgeous and eco-chic!

Elizabeth | Reply

This is one of the best idea to put accent on my table… and it is quite easy to do. I am actually planning to have an outdoor wedding and i think this can make a wonderful eco-friendly centerpiece. I also want to suggest to visit because they have cool centerpieces there. Better check it out.

Kirsten | Reply

Oh my goodness! I absolutely love these! What a fabulous idea…I can see my reception coming together already!

Julia | Reply

Are you using real moss or faux? I really want to incorporate moss into my wedding decor, but I’m not sure which to use.

Celine | Reply

I really really like this! I want to make this just for my house! It is such a brilliant idea!!

darling dexter | Reply

I love this! So clever :)

laurie cinotto | Reply

It’s real moss, Julia.

Karen | Reply

These are fantastic! How far ahead could you make them?

laurie cinotto | Reply

you could make the vases as far out as you like. as far as planting the plants, it all depends on what you use and what stage the blooms are in.

ROOM design studio | Reply

wow I’d love to try out this DIY ..very cute!

joy thigpen | Reply

oh, what a great project laurie! so simple and cute!

Kara Jo | Reply

Awesome and beautiful idea! Great for eco-friendly or nature-related weddings! You could even reuse the moss and flowers later in your home decor or garden!