Happy Tuesday friends & fam! Comin’ atcha with something a little different today. As you guys know by now, Charlie and I moved into our little townhome about 2 months ago and we’re absolutely loving it! I knew I wanted to share the process of decorating and settling in with you guys, but things are coming together a little more slowly than I thought they would. I mean, we’re unpacked and settled, but I’m like “well we need a love seat for the living room and pictures for the wall and blah blah.” But ya know what? A home is a work in progress and it could be 5 years before I felt like everything was done and ready to be shared, so I’m going to share things as they come together little by little. 🙂
A few weeks ago, on Instagram, you guys said you were interested in seeing how we made our own DIY centerpiece for our dining room table, so I thought that was a perfect time to start sharing some home things on here. 🙂 We want some wall art for our dining room and we want to paint and what not, but honestly, the centerpiece gave the room what it needed to feel like it was put together in the mean time.
Charlie actually sort of headed up the idea for the centerpiece. He knew he wanted to do something with moss that was a little more natural looking (let’s be honest, fresh flowers are beautiful but they get expensive if you want to always have flowers on your table). But a big theme across most of our home decor is sort of a “rustic glam” feel, so I still wanted it to be a bit sparkly and whimsical (thanks for compromising my love!). SO, here’s a step by step guide for our DIY centerpiece! 🙂
DIY Centerpiece for a Dining Room Table
What You’ll Need
Obviously the first thing you’ll need is to get all of your materials together. I’m glad I can share exactly what you need because I think we made 4 trips to different stores before we got it all figured out… so hopefully we can spare you all of the unnecessary trips, haha.
- Moss Filler
- Styrofoam, we also used this one
- Eucalyptus Stem (4-5 depending on how full you want your arrangement)
- Branch (2)
- Dogwood Stem (1)
- Green Amaranthus Stem (3)
- Cream Amaranthus Stem (3)
- White Sand (2)
- Tan Sand (2)
- Green Sand (1) (Could not find online)
- Grey Sand (1) (Could not find online)
- Candle Holders (2 sets)
- Candles (2 sets)
Step 1: Prepare Your Base
We were in Crate & Barrel one day and Charlie happened to find this black metal tray that was on a crazy discount because it had a little knick on the side (once you color it in with a sharpie, you’d never know it was there). It also matched our light fixture above the dining room table perfectly so we decided we had to snatch it up! Pro tip: Don’t be afraid to buy a slightly damaged piece and fix it up yourself so you can save a bit of money.
Since the tray was somewhat deep, we decided to put styrofoam in it so that everything would sit more level with the lip of the tray rather than hurried underneath the moss. We literally just broke styrofoam from old packaging and made it fit into the tray. Again, why not save money wear you can?
From there, we covered the styrofoam with the moss, leaving room for our vase and candle holders. The easiest way to do that is to actually place your empty vase and candle holder where it will sit on the tray and lay the moss around it.
Step 2: Cut Your Stems for your Floral Arrangement
The best way I’ve found to cut your stems for your floral arrangement is how my mom taught me. 🙂 Bring your vase to the edge of the table, place your stem at the edge of the table and vase and position it at the height you would like it to sit at in your vase, and then snip off the excess at the bottom of the stem. It’s best to start with the pieces that you have the most of and that will be closest to the center of the vase. Save the outermost pieces to cut last.
I usually snip off about an inch extra to account for the styrofoam that will go into the vase. You’ll also want to make sure that some stems sit higher than others, so you don’t want to cut them all to the same length. It’s important to have height variation so that you have depth. You don’t want to see a bunch of stems at the top of the vase and then all of your flowers and greenery bunched up together.
Step 3: Add the Styrofoam to the Vase and Place Your Stems
Place the styrofoam in the bottom your vase. We cut down our second piece of styrofoam. I did share the exact styrofoam we used in the list of materials, but you may be able to find something more suitable and your needs could also vary depending on the vase you use.
Now you can place your stems in the styrofoam. Just as when you were cutting the stems, you will want to work from the inside out and place your innermost stems first. Be sure to fluff your stems before placing them into the arrangement. This just means to adjust how the leaves are laying and making sure they aren’t bunched up.
Step 4: Create Your Vase Filler and Add it to Your Vase
We decided to fill our vase with a mixture of sand because we thought it looked the most natural without looking too natural (i.e. dirty, haha). We chose 4 different colors of sand that matched the colors in our arrangement as well as in our table and chairs. Mix all of your sand together in a bowl before adding it to your vase so that is evenly blended. It’s better to have a little extra and risk having some leftover because it will be very difficult to add a single color to the vase once your mixture is already in.
We weren’t able to show you how we added the sand mixture to the vase because it was a two man job, but I held the flowers in place and lifted the low hanging ones so that Charlie could pour the sand into the vase. Pretty simple, ya just need to sets of hands. 🙂 Although it may seem easier, you don’t want to add the sand first because you won’t be able to see your styrofoam when placing your stems.
Step 5: Add Your Arrangement and Candle Holders to the Tray
TIP: As I was adding the Amaranthus to the floral arrangement, I placed it leaving a small gap on either side of the vase for the candles.
So there ya have it! Our DIY centerpiece for our dining room table! I hope you guys enjoyed this and it gave you a little inspo for your own dining room centerpiece! Let me know if anyone tries to recreate this! I would LOVE to see what you recreate! 😀