This flower pot centerpiece can easily be made for around $10 in less than an hour. A beautiful gift using dollar store items and a six pack of annuals. Great for a small rustic wedding or shower or just a pretty decoration for your backyard patio.
My sister showed me a picture of something a friend of hers made. It was a flower pot centerpiece. She knew I would want to make one too, and of course, I did.
This photo showed a terra cotta pot within a pot, planted with pansies and a candle in a hurricane vase. I thought this would make a great gift and the total materials cost just under $10.
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- 2 terracotta pots - one that fits inside the other with room around the sides for plants. (Lowes or Michaels)
- a small glass vase and pillar candle to sit inside the small pot (dollar store)
- potting soil
- plants - I used a six cell-pack of white sweet alyssum
- 1+ cups of small gravel
- white craft or chalk paint (optional)
How to Make a Potted Plant Centerpiece
- First, paint the clay flower pots with a dry brush for an aged look.
The original project did not do this. It's totally optional. I just wasn't feeling the orange color of these particular terracotta flower pots and used some white chalk paint on the outside of the pot with a bristle brush to add a vintage feel to the pot. This does not take long and the paint dries in minutes.
Of course, you can use white craft paint or any paint color you like.
2, Next, I filled the large pot about halfway with soil.
3. Then fill the small pot with some gravel or pebbles up an inch or so from the top.
4. Place the small pot in the middle of the large pot. Make sure to tamp down on the soil or dirt and get it level.
5. Add your plants and fill in the space between them with soil.
6. Place your candle in the vase and set it on top of the gravel and your project is complete.
Note: If you leave the centerpiece outside turn the vase over when you are not using it. Otherwise, it will fill up when it rains and damage the candle.
I chose an annual sweet alyssum as the type of plant for my choice of flower. They should stay nice and low and trail over the side. This annual plant also comes in a pretty purple if you'd like more colorful flowers.
You can play around with the height of the small pot in the large pot and the height of the gravel to find a pleasing look. A great choice for your front porch, deck, or any outdoor space during the summer season.
Also, if you don't want to deal with the maintenance of real flowers you could use faux flowers and replace the soil with floral foam.
Wouldn't this flower pot centerpiece look beautiful at a wedding or shower? Save it for yourself or give it to a friend. It's an easy and affordable gift. How about a Mother's Day gift?
Flower Pot Centerpiece
- Bristle paintbrush
- 1 large clay pot
- 1 small clay pot
- 6 pack of nursery cell flowers
- 1 glass vase
- potting soil
- small pillar candle
- white chalk or craft paint
- Dry brush the pots to give them an aged look.
- Fill the large pot about halfway with soil
- Fill the small pot with some gravel up an inch or so from the top.
- Place the small pot in the middle of the large pot. Make sure to tamp down on the soil and get it level.
- Add your plants and fill in the space between them with soil.
- Place your candle in the vase and set it on top of the gravel and your project is complete.