Today, we’re sharing some of our favorite DIY projects from around the web for DIY wedding centerpieces – perfect for summer weddings!
Whether you’re in the middle of your own or on the sidelines watching, you know that planning a weddings can be demanding and time and energy-consuming. More than anything, you want everything to look absolutely perfect – from head to toe and from morning till night! Everything should be seamless from the warm smiles both the bride and groom are wearing to the reception venue with it’s gorgeous wedding centerpieces and of course, the love and laughter pouring from all of your guests. Nothing beats the feeling of seeing your dream wedding finally unfold before your very eyes!
We love these projects because their fun, unique and allow you to think out of the box and get creative with your wedding vision. Best of all, these projects a beautiful way to dress up your reception venue and set the stage for your guests as the enjoy the evening ahead.
Check out our 10 favorite DIY Summer Wedding Centerpieces below!
1. Ocean Inspired DIY Wedding Centerpieces
Photo: Something Turquoise
Nothing brings a sense of summer quite like the salty breeze and crashing waves of an ocean! Add a touch of the ocean to your wedding reception with these ocean inspired wedding centerpieces. Complete with the calming sand and you choice of flowers; we recommend a blue green shade to match the ocean or bright yellows, oranges and pinks to represent the joyful sunshine that summer brings. Compliment these wedding centerpieces with smaller shallow glasses filled with white sand and toped with a votive candle to illuminate the tables with a soft romantic glow as the sun sets.
Snag this look for yourself by following this ocean inspired flower and sand centerpiece tutorial.
- Floral water tubes
- Glass vases of any size
- Gorgeous flowers (ours are campanella garden roses)
- Play sand
2. Whimsical Flowers DIY Wedding Centerpieces
Add a touch of magic to your wedding reception with this whimsical wedding centerpiece made of high-quality silk flowers including cabbage roses, hydrangeas and life-like dahlias in a floral foam. These centerpieces are made using pastel colored flowers with a hint of green in the leaves which act as a complementary accent to the light shades around them. Have fun mixing and matching these gorgeous bouquets. Pair it with a golden vase to make these center pieces oh so elegant!
See how it’s done here or take a peek at the how-to video below:
- Floral foam
- Gold container/bowl/carraway vase
- Gorgeous silk flowers (cabbage roses, hydrangeas, dahlias)
- Floral tape
- Wire cutters
3. Caged Flowers DIY Wedding Centerpieces
Photo: Wedding Ideas Mag
It’s surprising we don’t see more of them – bird cages are an incredible and unique way to decorate a space! Perfect for weddings as they symbolize the union of two love birds celebrating their happily ever after. These “caged” centerpieces add a hint of vintage elegance and are perfect for a summertime wedding. Add big, bold and colorful flowers (pictured above) or fill with simple baby’s breath for a soft elegance – bird cages offer a versatile canvas for your wedding centerpieces.
Create your caged centerpiece with this easy to follow tutorial here.
- White metal birdcage
- A square block of floral foam
- Flowers (can be baby’s breath or berried ivy, asclepia)
4. Paper Pinwheels DIY Wedding Centerpieces
Photo: Bright Settings
It’s never too late to express your inner child! This summer centerpiece project offers a fun and playful decor – don’t be surprised if your guests and little guests sneak them out to play with at home. This centerpiece adds a whimsical touch of playfulness to your wedding tables – pair them with a mason jar and colorful ribbon to complete the look.
For detailed instructions on how to create this centerpiece, follow this DIY tutorial.
- Double sided scrapbook paper, cut into 6″ squares
- Hot glue and glue gun
- Mini brads
- Wooden skewers
- Quart clear mason jar
- Craft knife or other sharp pointed object
- Ribbon (optional)
5. Seductive Succulents DIY Wedding Centerpieces
Photo: Rustic Wedding Chic
Capture your guests’ hearts with these beautiful and seductive succulent wedding centerpieces. What set’s these centerpieces apart are their shockingly simple elegance not to mention, the LIFE it brings to your tables! Succulents are alive! Pair these trendy plants with blue/green jars and add stones to create an oceanic vibe with a touch of zen or repurpose vintage wine glasses, bowls or even martini glasses to create a super unique succulent home. These centerpieces also make gorgeous keepsakes and wedding souvenirs your guests can take home and add to their own home decor.
Create your own mini succulent gardens by following this hand guide here.
- Potting soil
- 2-3 layering materials: Sand, dirt, gravels, rocks, sea glass, shells etc.
- Vessel for your terrarium (clear glass is best so you can see the layers)
- A cup of water
6. Wooden Planter DIY Wedding Centerpieces
Photo: Wedding Chicks
Who wouldn’t fall for this lovely arrangement? A garden inspired, rustic chic wedding centerpiece – perfect for a summer setting. Goes well against a bright white table setting to make the colors and natural wood pop! This centerpiece exudes vibrancy, positivity and happiness!
Take a look at how it’s done here – including how to create your own wooden planters!
- Tape Measure
- Handsaw Hand
- Staple Gun
- Paint pen
- 1/2 inch square dowel
- Paint Stir Sticks
- 3/4 inch Staples
- Wood Glue
7. Glitter Feather DIY Wedding Centerpieces
Photo: A Practical Wedding
Feathers! How fun! This sparkly feather centerpiece is a unique alternative to flower arrangements and will leave your guests in oooo and awe! So simply yet so impressive, paired with fresh wood for the ultimate juxtaposition of rustic wildlife to chic night on the town!
Follow these steps to make your own glitter feather centerpieces.
- 4” x 4” lumber
- Spray adhesive
Estimate cost: For 9 pieces of Glitter feather centerpieces, the estimated cost is $145.
8. Fishnet Mason Jar DIY Wedding Centerpieces
Photo: It All Started with a Paint
Ahoy! This sea inspired centerpiece project is perfect for beach themed weddings! All you need to create this look are some mason jars, twine, and a day trip to the beach to collect some sand and sea shells! Add a candle in the center for a touch of the beach bonfire vibe once the sun goes down.
Learn how to achieve this look here.
- Unused mason jar
- Shells and scissors
9. Roped Wrapped Candles DIY Wedding Centerpieces
Beach bohemian chic, this gorgeous rope wrapped candle centerpiece offers a romantic and calming ambiance. These wedding centerpieces are super easy to create with the ability to add personal touches throughout! Incorporate scented candles to create the perfect environment for your guests and to enhance your wedding theme – try “ocean scent” or “campfire” to activate the sense of smell for a 360 wedding theme experience.
See how it’s done here.
- Glass/cylinder candle holder
- Organic-looking rope
- Beachy elements (starfish, shells)
- Hot glue
10. Pineapple Palm Tree DIY Wedding Centerpieces
Perfect for your tropical-themed wedding reception or pre wedding pool party! This centerpiece is big and bold and truly stands out (and up) from the crowd! It can also double as a serving tray for tropical fruits and fresh cocktail garnishes. We love the FRESH organic look – feel free to play around with the height by decreasing the amount of pineapples you include in each setting.
See how it’s done here.
- 4-5 pieces of pineapple
- Palm fronds
- PVC pipe, 1 inch
- Wood screws
- 12 inch wood disk, ¾ inches thick
- Wooden skewers
- Aluminum foil
- Serving platter
- PVC pipe cutter
There you have it, our 10 DIY wedding centerpieces summer weddings! Check out even more DIY wedding centerpieces in our next blog on 1o Unique DIY Fall Wedding Centerpieces.