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Simple Yet Elegant Upcycled Centerpiece

Rather than purchasing a store made centerpiece, create your own with supplies that can be found around the house! This simple yet elegant upcycled centerpiece is simple to make and inexpensive, too.

You can throw a striking dinner party—without breaking the bank. This green centerpiece is fresh and beautiful, and will only cost you the price of a few simple taper candles!

For a unique woodsy feel, fresh greenery clippings are used in lieu of a tablecloth, and plain white dishes pop against the bed of green. Then, upcycled glass bottles display floating foliage, and double as candleholders for simple white taper candles. It’s a modern, organic look that will be sure to impress your guests—without emptying your wallet!

This natural centerpiece looks great paired with the organic look of a bamboo table runner and rope napkin rings. Coffee filter party lights add inexpensive mood lighting to your party!

  • Assorted clear glass bottles (from wine, liquor, cooking oils—just remove the labels!)
  • White taper candles
  • Fresh greenery clippings (palms, ferns, tree clippings, etc.)

Step 1: Go outside and cut some fresh greenery clippings from around your yard. Ferns and palms are great, or tropical plants with big leaves, like banana leaves. I also cut some small branch clusters off of trees. Arrange the clippings across your table in place of a tablecloth before topping with a table runner. Place your table settings and serving ware right on top of the bed of greenery.

Step 2: Gather an assortment of clear glass bottles. Dig through your recycling bin to upcycle bottles that you used, such as wine and liquor bottles, or ones for cooking oils or vinaigrettes. Clean them and remove any labels.

Step 3: Slip some fresh foliage inside each bottle—either a large leaf with an interesting shape, or a small sprig of leaves. Then fill each bottle partially full of water so that the greenery floats.

Step 4: Insert a white taper candle in the neck of each bottle. You may need to use a knife to shave off some of the base of the candle so that it sits securely in the bottle.

Step 5: Light the candles when your guests arrive!

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Jennifer Kelly Geddes has hosted Christmas cookie swaps, New Year's open houses, Thanksgiving for 22, and all manner of dinner parties in her Manhattan and Ghent, NY homes.

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