If you’ve read my blog for a while, you’ve heard me say this before: I am NOT crafty. I can duplicate something as long as I A) follow instructions and B) there’s not very many instructions to follow. I usually just prefer to buy something that’s ready to go and be done with it. Lately, however, I’ve been trying to push myself to come up with some things on my own and I have been surprised at how easy it’s been to put a centerpiece together. I’m loving the results and since I know I’m not the only un-crafty girl out there, I wanted to share how I do it!
The first step is to find some inspiration. I already love spending hours on Pinterest and Instagram, so this just gives me a reason to do a deep dive into the wormhole. I’ve got boards for every season and holiday so I’ll just start pinning away (you can follow me on Pinterest here). I start out being all over the place, but after a little while I definitely start to notice a theme of what’s standing out or there will be one idea that I can’t stop thinking about. It’s easy to get ovewhelmed, so go with your gut!
The next step is to hit the store. I’m a Michael’s girl, but you can really go anywhere and make something great with ANY budget. The first thing I like to look for is the container. At Christmastime I found a great wooden crate, and for my spring centerpiece I found this awesome wooden and glass terrarium that I’ll fill with flowers and moss. Since Easter is so early this year, I wanted to do a separate centerpiece for that so I found a great wire Easter basket. I usually get a lot of ideas once I’ve found the main focal point and then I start wandering the aisles to see what else jumps out at at me. Try to find pieces that will carry you through multiple seasons/occasions. It’s a big money saver and makes future pieces way easier to put together. I love lots of color and obviously there’s some great florals out right now, so I loaded up on moss, flowers, and greenery for my spring piece. For Easter, I also got some really cute carrots and a couple of different bags of Easter eggs. I try to find an empty corner or aisle of the store and put together my idea to snap a quick picture so I don’t forget by the time I get home (hello, mom brain. What did we ever do before cell phone cameras??).
Once I get home, I just start playing until I find something I’m happy with. For my Easter centerpiece, I literally just laid down the moss and started jamming flowers in the basket until it looked full enough. I also have a deep love for candles, so I always have a candle element on my table. My last step is always the table runner. I don’t want to get stuck in a corner by picking the table runner first, so I save it for the end and let the centerpiece do most of the talking. I bought a new burlap table runner that will be very versatile for most of the year so I can switch out the centerpiece whenever the seasons change. I always find a ton of great options on Amazon, but I know Target and Homegoods have a big selection too.
At first, I thought it would be way too overwhelming to come up with home decor on my own. It all looked really complicated and expensive to do, but it doesn’t have to be! Find whatever way works for you. I’m sure there are some decorators out there cringing at my advice, but this is the way I have found that works for me. As long as it gives you a little bit of joy and a feeling of accomplishment when you look at it, you’ve done it exactly right! I’d love to see some of your favorite centerpieces so find me on Facebook and Instagram and let me see what you’ve got!