Flower Pot Centerpiece – Easy and Affordable to Create

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.

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 particular photo showed a terracotta pot within a pot, planted with pansies and a candle in a hurricane vase.

Flower Pot Centerpiece

Flower Pot Centerpiece ~ gardenmatter.com

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I thought this would make a great gift and the total materials cost just under $10.

Materials ~ Flower Pot Centerpiece ~ gardenmatter.com

I purchased a pillar candle and small vase from the dollar store. The pots were purchased at Lowes and the flowers came from a local nursery.

I already had some gravel and potting soil on hand so if you may need to purchase them or borrow from a friend or relative.

Aging Pots ~ Flower Pot Centerpiece ~ gardenmatter.com

First I dry brushed the posts to give them 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 pots and used some white chalk paint with a bristle brush to add a vintage feel to the pot. This did not take long and the paint dried in minutes.

Gravel in Pot ~ Flower Pot Centerpiece ~ gardenmatter.com

Next, I filled the large pot about half way with soil. Then I filled 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 with soil.

Place your candle in the vase and set on top of the gravel and your project is complete.

On Table ~ Flower Pot Centerpiece ~ gardenmatter.com

I chose sweet alyssum for my flowers. They should stay nice and low and trail over the side. This annual plant also comes in a pretty purple color but I thought I would stick with white.

Planted with Alyssum ~ Flower Pot Centerpiece ~ gardenmatter.com

You can play around with the height of the small pot in the large pot and the height of the gravel to find a look that is pleasing to you. Wouldn’t this flower pot centerpiece work great at a wedding or shower?

Save it for yourself or give to a friend. It’s an easy and affordable gift.

Candle Flower Pot ~ Flower Pot Centerpiece ~ gardenmatter.com

About Patti Estep

Patti is the creator of Hearth and Vine, a home and garden blog filled with projects to inspire your creative side. She loves crafting, gardening, decorating and entertaining at her home in Pennsylvania. When she is not working on a project at home or searching for treasures at nurseries and thrift stores with her girlfriends, you’ll probably find her with family and friends, at a restaurant, or home party enjoying new and different food adventures.

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  1. Patti,
    I just adore this! All I need is a candle, and the vase. Of course, I’ll have to get a perfect flower…
    Thanks so much for sharing!

    • Thanks Karen,
      I purchased my vase and candle at the dollar store.
      Thanks for stopping by,

      • Julie Huffman says:

        Would it be possible to keep this inside? I have a spot in my home but not sure how much sunlight the flowers need.

        • Hi Julie,

          The sweet alyssum can take some shade, however it is not considered a houseplant. If you have a very bright spot indoors you could certainly try it. Begonias are another option for indoors. Also, consider asking the people at your local nursery if they have any plants for sale that would work well indoors or in lower lighting conditions.


  2. Hi Patti
    This is super cute! The bonus is that it’s super simple too. I think I’m going to start some allysum from seed because now I’m going to need lots!!

    • Hi Susan,

      I’ve never grown it from seed mostly because I see it everywhere in 6 packs around here. Thanks for your kind words and I hope you get a chance to make lots of centerpeices.

  3. I’m wondering why soil on the bottom half and why not all rock? Or why not all soil?

    • Hi Kari,

      I used soil in the bottom to help the plants have a place to root and thrive all season. I used gravel in the small pot to make a nice solid surface for the vase holding the candle. I also like the way it looks and thought it might be good for safety as the candle melts but that may not be necessary. Of course you can experiment with whatever you think it best. I hope that answers your question and clears up any confusion for anyone reading this post.
      Thanks for stopping by,

      • Thank you Patti. I see I read your instructions wrong and thought you put gravel in the large pot. This makes more sense to me now 🙂 and something to make for Mother’s Day

  4. I love this. May try lemon balm and citronella candle for patio or camping!

    • Hi Julie,
      That sounds like a great idea. You may need to trim the lemon balm occasionally but then you can use it for tea or dried it for potpourri.
      Thanks for stopping by,

  5. Barbara says:

    This looks so cute! Can you tell me the size of the pots you used?

    • Hi Barbara,

      I’m not at home but I’m pretty sure that they were a 4 inch and 8 inch pot. You can use any flowers but the sweet alyssum lasted all summer long.
      Thanks for stopping by,

  6. Carly Fahey says:

    I love this! We plan to make these and use them as centerpieces for my bridal shower! Can you tell me exactly what sort of “bristle brush” you used to dry brush the outside of the pots?

    Thank you!

    • Hi Carly,
      I used a regular 2 inch paint brush which was a little on the old side. All you need to do is dip it in the paint and then on a paper towel or newspaper etc… dab most of it off, leaving barely any paint on the brush and do not use any water. Then you can put it on the pot. Start with just a little and see how you like it. You can always add more but it’s hard to take it away.
      Congrats on the wedding. Sounds like you are going to have an awesome shower!

  7. I think I’ll try my hand at this and use a solar light instead of a candle. I’m hooked on solar lights right now.? Thanks for the idea!

  8. I just think this is super cute and will be trying it out. I know the post is a little old, but wanted to add a word of caution. Do not water the p,ants while the vase is hot as the glass can Crack and if hot enough explode . Thank you for the great idea.

    • Hi Paula,

      Thank you for your input. That is something that I had not considered though I have been using this project for quite a while. I may have just been lucky. One other issue I had was letting it sit out it the rain. The vase with the candle would fill up and get a little messy so now if I’m not using it I turn the vase upside down.
      Thanks for stopping by,

  9. I see you didn’t use a saucer under it. Did you plug the hole at the bottom ? I couldn’t find a pit without the drainage hole.

    • Hi Laurie,

      This project was outside so I did not use a saucer, nor did I plug the hole. You want the pot to drain. Especially when it rains. You can find matching saucers at the big box stores and places like Michaels if you are concerned about water draining on the table. One thing I have done in my home is use thrift store plates for my saucers.
      Hope that helps,

  10. I think this is lovely, how plants did you use in one planter?

    • That should read how “many” plants did you use

    • Hi Kathy,

      I used a 6 cell pack and I believe only 5 of the six plants. These are pretty small but you could also use a 4 inch pot and gently pull them apart into 2 or 3 pieces if using the same plant. Alyssum.

      Hope this helps,


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