How to Make an Easy & Inexpensive Centerpiece

How to Make an Easy & Inexpensive Centerpiece

Hello friends.  How was your weekend?  Mine was quiet – at last.  I’ve got to say that I really needed some quiet, down time, and I am glad I got it.  So, nothing new to report on my end.  However, today, I am going to show you how to make an easy and inexpensive centerpiece for your table.  If you have a large table or perhaps console that needs a little somethin’ somethin’, I’ve got a super do-able DIY for you!

wooden trough for centerpiece

So, I picked up this wood – what do I call this? – trough? at Round Top this year.  I love that it looks vintage and somewhat rustic, but not entirely distressed.   It’s about 36″ long and heavy wood.   I LOVE it and can imagine it filled with pumpkins and gourds in the fall, smallish Christmas trees throughout the holidays, and right now, I want it filled with flowers.  I also think a piece like this could be used as a serving piece if you’re entertaining, used to store miscellaneous items ~ just lots of potential here.

For this project, I decided I wanted to add a pop of color to my dining room with flowers.  I also knew I wanted it to last a while, which means no fresh flowers for now.  A quick trip to my local craft store to pick up some faux blooms, and I was ready to go.

I have mixed feelings on the faux flower front…some of them are just dyed in colors that you simply don’t see in nature.  I rule those out  immediately.  Some are not scaled to the size of an actual flower. Out those go as well.  And some, are flowers that do not grow in my area or are not in season.  So, those are out as well.  I like to try to stick to flowers that you could actually find in nature around me.  That’s just kind of a rule I use for project like this.

So, I settled on these red and orange-colored poppy stems.  These happen to actually grow wild near my home and they are a vibrant pop of color.  I really like them, but they do look a little like weeds ~ as wildflowers will do.  I also picked up some green moss, floral foam, and a stem or two of greenery.

centerpiece supplies


First, I placed the floral foam into the box.  Nothing special here ~ just lined the blocks up in the trough.

florist foam in wood trough for centerpiece


Next, I clipped the stems of the flowers.  They were too long for a centerpiece like this.  All you need to do is clip the end of the stems off using some wire cutters.  I really did not bother to measure them first or to make them all the  same height.  I simply eye-balled it (yes, let’s say that is a real word) and cut.

cutting faux floral stem with wire cutters


With the stems cut, I am ready to put them into the foam.  I just tried to space them out where it didn’t look too uniform.  You can see that they do kind of look similar to weeds and they appear a little “wild.”


It would be a little too sparse if I left just these few stems by themselves.  So, I cut a greenery bunch into smaller stems and placed them in the foam as well.  You don’t need to do anything to secure them except to push them into the foam a good distance.

greenery in foam


Now, it’s time to top the whole thing with the green moss.  It will cover the foam, fill the space, and make it look a little more natural.  The moss I used was dense and had to be broken into smaller pieces and arranged on top of the foam blocks.

finished centerpiece in wood trough


For the last step, I used a single branch trimmed into smaller pieces.  I inserted each smaller branch into the foam to give this arrangement another texture and also to help look more like a natural, wild arrangement. ~ okay, ignore the foam that you can see there.  I did rearrange the moss as soon as I caught it in the pic.  #keepinitreal



So there you have it, a super-easy centerpiece that gives a bold pop to the table.  I spent $25-30 for my supplies (not counting the container), and I am really happy with the way it turned out.  Whenever I tire of this arrangement I can simply swap the flowers out and try something new.  I hope you found this helpful and that you’re ready to go out and tackle your own project.  Make sure to let me know if you try this.  I’d love to see how yours turns out.

poppy centerpiece


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Until next time~

This post has been shared at Thank Goodness It’s Monday at Nourishing Joy.


  1. Beautiful arrangement. The red poppies against the neutral container and table setting provide a wonderful, energetic contrast. Very striking!

  2. Oh I love this centrepiece and thank you for sharing with us at #overthemoon. I’ve pinned and shared.

  3. This is so beautiful! I`m pinning it for later. I think it would look so nice in my living room!

  4. This is so pretty, and your step by step directions really do make it look very straight forward to make this beautiful centerpiece, Jenny. Shared on the Hearth and Soul Facebook page. Thank you so much for being a part of Hearth and Soul.

  5. Pretty centerpiece! So much you can do with that. Thank you for sharing at Ravenwould.

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      Thanks! I think I’ll be changing the centerpiece with each season or holiday. It’s a fun piece to use on the table though.

  6. That’s so pretty, it’s like a little meadow in the middle of your table.

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