If you’re planning an upcoming baby shower or party, you can cut some corners and save money with DIY decorations and centerpieces. Making your own baby shower decorations doesn’t mean they’ll look cheap or the party will be any less fantastic. We have 6 DIY baby shower centerpieces below that look like a million bucks, but are also super easy to make!
DIY Topiary Centerpiece
This adorable DIY topiary centerpiece is perfect for baby showers and birthday parties. You can use store-bought cocktail umbrellas in a set of colors to match your event (a particularly good idea for a luau or tropical-themed party!), or you can create your own cocktail umbrellas like we did below.
- Flower pot or decorative bowl
- Styrofoam ball and base
- Dowels or skewers
- Drink umbrellas
- Faux grass, pebbles or other decorative materials to cover the base
Step 1: Make Your Own Drink Umbrellas – Find scrapbook paper in coordinating colors and begin cutting different sized circles to use as your umbrellas. Once a circle is complete, cut a slit halfway across the circle. We chose these pale pink and yellow hues to match our baby shower invitations.
Next, use the slit in the circle to wrap the paper around itself to create a slight cone shape. Use double-sided tape to affix the two flaps together, and then poke a skewer or long toothpick through the opening at the top to create an umbrella.
Step 2: Assemble the Topiary – Begin by trimming the base portion of your styrofoam to fit snugly inside the flower pot or bowl you’ve selected. Then stick the styrofoam into the base container and add the skewers or dowel. To camouflage the look of the skewers, we wrapped the “stem” in this bright green ribbon and set it with a dab of adhesive from a hot glue gun about 1/4″ from the top. Last, attach the styrofoam sphere to the top and you have the base of your topiary complete!
Step 3: Arrange the Umbrellas – This step really comes down to a matter of taste, but our advice is to arrange the larger umbrellas first and then add smaller ones to fill in the gaps. Make sure to spread out patterns and different hues to create a uniform look! To complete this centerpiece, simply cover up the styrofoam base with grass or other decorative material.
DIY Flower Box Centerpiece
This DIY baby shower centerpiece idea comes from blogger and lifestyle expert, Julie Mulligan. To make this simple but elegant centerpiece you’ll need a foam block, a plastic tray, button pom flowers, ribbon, and a glue gun.
Step 1: Start with floral foam soaked in water. Glue plastic tray to bottom.
Step 2: Insert the button poms directly into the foam so that the flower is just touching the floral foam.
Step 3: Tape a piece of ribbon to the bottom of the plastic tray/liner. Make a bow with the same ribbon and attach to the center of the present using a pearl head straight pin.
Photos from 1-800-Flowers
DIY Glass Jar Centerpieces – 4 Ways
One set of glass vases can ultimately serve as the ideal centerpieces for pretty much any occasion! Below are four of our favorite ways to use them, but there are countless other options from candles to floating flowers, berries, winter branches and other ornaments too.
- Glass vases or jars of varying heights, shapes and sizes
- Whatever you can dream up to fill them with! We chose fruit, flowers, candies and polished stones
DIY Glass Centerpiece – A Citrus Twist
Looking for a fun and inexpensive way to add a burst of color to your celebration? Fruit is an ideal choice since it’s pretty and colorful, and can be purchased in bulk at minimal cost.
DIY Glass Centerpiece – Fashionable Flowers
When you select a flower like hydrangeas, you don’t necessarily need to use the stems to create a gorgeous centerpiece. Take the blooms only to create low arrangements without sacrificing that luxurious look.
DIY Glass Centerpiece – The Candy Shoppe
M&Ms are always a natural choice for showers and parties since you can easily customize the color, but you can also feature an assortment of your favorite childhood candies for a fun twist. We tried them both layered and mixed in.
DIY Glass Centerpiece – Stones & Pebbles
We used polished stones from the craft store to create this look, but it works just as well with seashells, marbles and other little trinkets. Wouldn’t this look be perfectly gorgeous surrounded by softly flickering candlelight?
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