DIY Centerpiece


The centerpiece you choose for your dining or living room coffee table can set the mood for the room. You can make a centerpiece to create a theme for the room or make a themed centerpiece to match your room. Centerpieces can be made with things you already have around your home or yard, especially if you grow your own flowers. Fruits, nuts, foliage and even sea shells and sand can be ingredients for a wonderful centerpiece. If you can imagine it, you can make it.

Step 1

Cut the floral foam to fit the bottom of the container. Place the hurricane glass in the center and press down firmly to make an imprint in the foam. The glass will stand up and resist being knocked over if it sits down in the foam a little.

Step 2

Soak the foam in water until it turns a dark green then allow it to drain until it stops dripping. Once it is no longer dripping, place it in the container and place the hurricane glass in the center circle.

Step 3

Press the ends of the stem of the foliage or greens into the foam. They should just hang over the edge of the container or lay lengthwise on the foam. If they won't stay in place, use a few floral pins to hold them in place.

Step 4

Cut the stems of the flowers at different lengths so some are close to the foam, while others stick up a few inches and others hang over the edge a bit. Keep the piece symmetrical by placing the same amount of flowers on each side. Cover the foam so none of it is left showing except the inside the center circle.

Step 5

Lightly sprinkle some clear glitter over the entire arrangement. The glitter will pick up the light from the candle and sparkle, giving your centerpiece another dimension.

Step 6

Insert the pillar candle in the hurricane glass. If the candle is much thinner than the glass, you can add small flowers or foliage inside the glass to fill in the space. You can add other things instead, such as dried cranberries, potpourri or small nuts to dress up the candle.

Things You'll Need

  • Decorative oblong or oval container
  • Floral foam
  • Fresh flowers in season
  • Fresh foliage or greens in season
  • Floral pins
  • Clear glitter
  • Clear glass hurricane candle holder
  • Pillar candle


  • University of Kentucky Extension: Centerpieces and Table Decorations
  • University of Michigan Catering: Additional Resources
  • University of Vermont Extension: Furnishing Your Outdoor Living Space
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Dale DeVries is a retired realtor with 30 years of experience in almost every facet of the business. DeVries started writing in 1990 when she wrote advertising and training manuals for her real estate agents. Since retiring, she has spent the last two years writing well over a thousand articles online for Associated Content, Bright Hub and Demand Studios.