I made floral centerpieces for my daughter’s wedding shower using Dollar Tree’s clear glass cylinder vase, some pebbles also available from Dollar Tree and a metallic silver placemat I’d gotten around Christmas time from the 99Cent Store, though I have seen them year round available online. After wrapping & gluing the placemat piece around the vase, I added some birch twigs I cut from my trees, a live orchard, then placed the vase on a mirror round and put a silk flower candle holder ring around the bottom. I like to show the finished item first and then describe the steps needed to get there.
Metallic Vinyl Placemats Become Vase Wraps for Floral Center Pieces
First thing I did was to see how I could get the most wraps that would fit around the vase out of a rectangular placemat. I then used a paper cutter to cut the placemat into thick pieces that each measured 6” x 11.25”. I set those aside.
You can use any pliable vinyl placemat to go with your theme or color. I used silver because it was one of the colors of my daughter’s wedding shower decorations.
I then filled the vases with pebbles. You could use rocks, marbles or anything you’ve got on hand for the filler before you add flowers or a plant. Just be sure your filler stays below the height of your placemat wrap.
You can now add your wrap. Be sure it fits around your vase with a slight over lap. Run a strip of hot glue along one edge of your wrap. Using care to not burn yourself on the hot glue, use a dish towel between your hands and the vase and hold the wrap in place until glue cools.
I used live orchids and just took them out of the pots they came in, tucked the roots into the vase and used the wood chips & moss that was in the orchid pot and wedged that into the vase around the orchard roots. I stuck a couple of birch twigs from my trees in with the orchard plant. The finishing touch was to slip a silk flower candle ring around the bottom of each vase and place the vase on a 12” mirror round. They turned out really pretty and were admired by the folks at the wedding shower. My daughter loved them too. Since I make centerpieces, I had the mirror rounds, and silk florals. My cost per centerpiece was around $20. If you need to buy the mirror rounds and silk candle rings, the cost per vase would be closer to $25 each.
- Cylinder glass vase (Dollar Tree)
- Live Orchard (Home Depot)
- Pebbles (Dollar Tree)
- Vinyl metallic placemat( makes 3 wraps) (99 Cent store)
- Paper Cutter (Office Depot)
- Glue Gun/Hot Glue (Michaels)
- Silk flower candle ring (Michaels)
- 12” Mirror rounds (Online)