If you’re throwing a wine-themed wedding (or if you’re simply looking for something subtly elegant), here’s a cheap idea for diy wine-themed centerpieces that are environmentally friendly and gorgeous. All you have to do is collect bottles and corks from your family and friends, and you won’t have to spend a dime on the bulk of the project! The total cost of one centerpiece as seen above is just under $5!
- A vase (the one displayed is 9 inches tall and 3.25 inches across and is from a dollar store)
- Wine bottle
- Roll of twine
- X-acto knife
- Cutting board
- Paper, and a printer to print table numbers
- Bulk flowers from any discount store, or any other branches/foliage you like
Step 1: Clean the Wine Bottle
Fully submerge the wine bottles in water for 15 minutes to loosen the labels. Rub off the softened labels with a mesh scouring pad. To remove the shrink capsule from the top of the wine bottle, make a vertical cut with your X-acto knife. Alternatively, you can buy plain wine bottles at any wine store or online for your centerpieces.
Step 2: Arrange the Wine Corks
While the wine bottles soak, arrange four corks in a 2 x 2 pattern. Corks can also be bought in bulk from wine stores or online.
Next, cut 14 inches of twine and wrap it around the corks twice. Tie the twine into a knot and cut off any loose ends. If you would like to make a bow rather than a knot, cut the twine to 16 inches.
Step 3: Print and Cut Out a Table Number
Find a template for your table numbers online. (I found this particular template here.) This table number measures 5 inches tall by 4 inches wide and can stand alone on regular paper. If you would like larger table numbers, try printing on heavier card stock or glue the paper to a piece of cardboard.
Line up the ruler with the outer edges of your number sign, and cut off any excess paper with your X-acto knife on a cutting board.
Once your corks are tied together and your table numbers are printed and cut, simply place the paper between the corks.
Step 4: Wrap Twine Around the Bottle
Once your wine bottles are cleaned and dried, cut 30 inches of twine. Wrap it around the top of a bottle and tie into a bow. If you would like more of the wine bottle covered, take the end of your roll of twine and start wrapping it around the bottle until you hit your desired amount, and then cut. It’s better to cut too long than too short! Once the twine is in place, place one or two flowers in the wine bottle with some greenery.
Step 5: Fill Vase with Flowers and Corks
Select a bunch of flowers and hold them in the center of the vase. Begin dropping corks around the stems so the flowers stay centered in the base. Filling a vase of this size (9 x 3.25 inches) requires 30 corks.
Step 6: Add Your Own Touch to the Centerpieces
Add any decorations you want around your centerpieces. Here are some ideas:
- Wrap grapevine around the centerpiece to create your own wine-themed wreath
- Put the bottle and vase on top of a mirror
- Sprinkle confetti around the center pieces
I’ve added tea lights for some romantic, dim lighting. (The candle holders came from Ikea in bulk.)