DIY Centerpieces featuring Glass Vases

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Glass vases are often the foundation for a great wedding centerpiece.

They come in all shapes and sizes, from short and square, tall cylinders, large hurricanes to fish bowls.  We’ve featured countless vases in DIY wedding centerpiece projects.

Each type of vase offers it’s own unique way to showcase beautiful floral stems.  But quite often with the end product, not much attention is given to the vase.

Well, today we’re going to shine a special spotlight on this often un-recognized, yet essential product – the glass vase.  The most accessible and affordable  vases can be found at your local dollar store.  When planning a big wedding where you’ll need lots of vases, keep in mind you can order in bulk online at the Dollar Store and have them ship the cases to the store where you can pick them up at  your convenience.  That’s where Afloral gets all their vases for their wedding design ideas!

To showcase what great centerpiece options the versatile glass vase provides we’ll take a look back at a few favorite DIY wedding projects and introduce a couple new ones.  The inexpensive Dollar Store glass vase paired with affordable silk wedding flowers are any bride’s dream; they’ll offer you a stylish look at a cheap wedding price.

orchid centerpiece,


For a simple, classic look glass vases of any shape and size work for a bouquet of arranged flowers.  A tall trumpet vase was the right fit for the tall, slender dendrobium orchid silk floral stems.  This DIY centerpiece is a simple, classic arrangement of 3 types of silk orchid stems. The exotic stems brilliantly explode at the top of the trumpet vase, the sheer volume and presence of the arrangement is sure to be a show stopper for wedding guests.  The centerpiece will hold those in awe around the reception table; but it is also the perfect height, sitting above their eye level to still allow guests see each other and mingle.




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Think Outside the Vase

Go the opposite route of traditional.  This fabulous DIY centerpiece project from takes things outside the vase.  One simple trimmed floral stem is wrapped on the outside of the cylinder vase, showcasing it’s sleek beauty, with a colored string or use colored wire.  Slip a votive candle inside the case for a dual arrangement and lighting.  Guests will admire and be intrigued by this original floral idea.





jumbo dahlia centerpiece,

The Filler

Glass vases not only show off floral stems they also provide a great way to display arrangement accents.  Fill a tall vase with river rocks, beaded jewels or crushed acrylic ice.  This accent will bring an additional element of style to the floral arrangement.  Remember back to our Bold, Jumbo Dahlia centerpieces.  Modern, tall cylinder vases were the perfect foundation for a simple arrangement of jumbo dahlia silk floral stems and moss ball fillers. Picture this beautiful silk flower arrangement at your reception; it is sure to make a statement. Deep rich tones of fall are captured in orange and plum, burgundy dahlia silk flowers; accented by by a burst of bright green in the moss balls.


orchid submersible centerpiece,

Get All Wet

Next up is our trend alert! We debuted the hot new trend of submersible floral arrangements with two different white wedding options.  The dendrobium orchid and white ginger DIY centerpiece and the calla lily DIY centerpiece.  Both took the unique shape of a glass vase and used it to showcase the beauty of long, slender and sleek silk wedding florals.  First up, the white orchid and ginger centerpiece that stretches the length of a tall glass cylinder vase, effortlessly displaying the soft, delicate flower blooms.  The white ginger blooms anchor the stems towards the bottom while still retaining a weightless, organic look.  A play of several different elements; glass, water, light,  and floral stems, make up the beauty of this arrangement. The calla lily centerpiece utilizes the same elements as the orchid; glass, water, light and floral stems, in a simple, yet stunning arrangement.  Two real touch calla lily stems which are wired and twisted into an organic shape beautifully held within a fish bowl glass vase.  Water can be added to the arrangement along with a floating candle or floralyte to finish the look.

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A Little Bling

One last DIY wedding project idea featuring the inexpensive Dollar Store glass vase is custom rhinestone monogrammed labels.  Adjust this tutorial to make a monogrammed bouquet wrap to a glass vase for your very own glass vase centerpieces adorned with your monogram.  You’ll need a heavier piece of paper or velum to trace the monogram letter and adhesive rhinestones available at  The added bit of sparkle with catch guests eyes and then wow them with the detail once they realize it’s your monogram.

Your options are truly endless with the inexpensive dollar store glass vase as the foundation for your wedding centerpiece.  Each shape and size lends something special in the way you use it and the with the type of wedding flowers you choose to arrange.  Whether you go for a traditional bouquet arrangement, a trendy submersible project or a simple stem that takes you outside the vase the dollar store is the right stop to pick up an inexpensive product that’ll be the building block to a fabulous wedding decor.

Stop back Saturday for a run-down of great items to pick up at your local dollar store for all your wedding planning.


  1. Water beads with floralytes also make great vase fillers. I absolutely love the submersed white orchid. That is the best centerpiece idea that I have seen in quite sometime.

    1. Thanks Kim, had a lot of great orchid wedding theme ideas this season. Check out some great accessory ideas similar to the submersible centerpiece under wedding design ideas on the main site.

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