These beautiful wedding centerpieces we used for my daughter’s wedding last year (yes I’m a little slow in posting!!!) combine Craft Lightning with The Flash for super fast and easy projects. Each one takes 5 minutes or less to make which is a lifesaver when you’re trying to provide groupings of them for each table at the reception. Not only that but they were very economical to make.
All of the glassware was found at local dollar stores (we were going for a bit of an eclectic look with a variety of vases – if you want them all matching, I suggest you go really early and buy up everything you find. Sometimes the stores can call around to other locations and find you more or order some in. Sometimes when it comes to dollar stores, what you see there, is what you get so plan ahead!)
Ok, now for those really tricky (not) instructions. The fish bowl votive holders were just a simple matter of assembly. They sell white sparkly sand in specialty stores but to keep costs down, we went with Epsom salts instead. We even found some that were lavender scented (one of the themes of the wedding) and it released a lovely aroma at the tables, particularly when heated by the warmth of the candles. Push a small votive candle down into the “sand” and top with pearls. Again, we found super cheap faux pearls at the dollar store for this. You can see that you can achieve slightly different looks depending on how many pearls you add to this.
For the vases, you just need some sort of glue (plain white glue, Mod Podge etc) and some glitter. We went with the chunky glitter because we liked to the effect of it but you can use any kind you want. Brush some of the glue around the base of the vase as high up as you’d like to go. If your hand isn’t very steady, you might want to use some of that low tack painter’s tape to tape off a line for you to follow. Let them dry and BOOM! You’re done. You can follow up with a top coat of something like Mod Podge to add more protection to the glitter but we found it held up quite nicely and we liked the look of the “loose” glitter. More than a year after the wedding, the glitter is still holding up just fine.
That’s it! I told you it was fast right? A couple of hours and one person doing vases while the other worked on the fish bowls is all it took to make enough for groupings of these on every table at the reception at a cost of under $10 per table.
Be sure to click on the image below and check out all the other great projects for this round of Craft Lightning: Wedding Edition!