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Have you seen the price of wedding decorations lately? Even so called ‘rustic’ or ‘farmhouse’ wedding decor and centrepieces can cost an arm and a leg! This tutorial is all about how to use upcycled containers and corks to create two types of DIY Wedding Centrepieces on a budget.
You can have that charming rustic look you are after without the eye watering price tag!
Materials needed – Wedding Centrepieces made from Upcycled Corks:
- Corks – I used mostly Champagne, Prosecco and Cava corks for these centrepieces. Strangely in both these huge containers that I’ve been saving corks in there were only 2 or 3 wine corks and the rest were from fizz!
- Cylindrical containers – I used an instant coffee tin and a Matcha Tea container. The coffee tin was metal which was better, the other was a thick cardboard.
- Hot Glue Gun
- Sharp serrated knife.
- Stovetop, strainer and pan (for prepping the corks – see below).
Step 1: Prepare your corks for cutting
This step isn’t 100% necessary but it will make your life a lot easier if you are doing a lot of these. Basically what you want to do is steam your corks for 10 minutes or so to soften them up and make it easier for you to cut them.
To do this:
- Fill a strainer with corks (how many depends on how big your strainer is, you may have to do several batches).
- Place the strainer over a pan of boiling water – but leave a gap so the water doesn’t lap up and touch the corks.
- Cover the strainer with a pot lid to keep the steam in.
- Leave for approximately 10 minutes.
Step 2: Cut your corks
So next you want to cut your corks. I tried two different ways to see how they would turn out. I cut some corks in half vertically and the other batch I cut into round disks horizontally through the corks.
The two methods of cutting the corks for these DIY wedding centrepieces ended up looking quite different.
If you don’t have a lot of corks to work with then the disks method will yield more material to cover your containers. The vertical method makes them more recognisable as corks so it just depends what look you are going for – or mix it up and do a few of each!
Step 3: Glue your corks to your containers
The next step is to start gluing. For both versions I started with the containers standing upright on the table and gluing the corks as far down to the bottom edge as possible. So basically pushing the corks so down as you glue them so they touch the table. This is to make sure as much of the canister/container is hidden as possible.
Continue gluing all the way around getting them as close together as possible. I found there were more gaps with the disks method than the vertically cut corks.
For the vertically cut ones I had one space in two rows where I needed a thinner piece to finish off and for that I just cut one of my halves in half (what a mouthful!) and used that.
For the disks version I had to cut some more little pieces and slot them in between the gaps. If you don’t fancy doing that you could consider painting your containers before you start. Use a colour that you wouldn’t mind peaking through in the gaps.
For the vertically cut cork version I off centred the corks from the ones in the row below, like if you were building a brick wall or tiling. For the disks I just put them wherever they fit!
For both versions, when you get to the top, glue up so that the corks overhang the rim of your container, again to make sure the container itself remains hidden.
Step 4: Dress your Wedding Table Centrepieces
The last step is to dress your centrepieces with repurposed ribbon, twine or whatever you have to hand. You can use your wedding colours to tie it all in with your wedding theme whether that’s rustic and farmhouse or a very specific colour pallet.
I used some ribbons left over from Christmas presents and some twine. For the disk version I hot glued the ribbon on to the vase and simply tied the twine on top. For the vertical cork version I just tied the ribbon in place with no glue.
Step 5: Add Flowers!
One quick tip about adding your flowers. For the metal coffee tin canister I just used water directly in the container. For the other one that was more of a thick cardboard tube container I put a small whisky glass inside first and that is what I put the water for the flowers in.
I was concerned the cardboard wouldn’t hold up to the water. If you are saving money with fake flowers or twigs or anything like that then obviously don’t worry about this, but I thought I should mention it just in case!
And that’s it, that is how you make two different versions of these DIY wedding centrepieces. I’d love to see how yours turn out if you try this so do tag us on social media or comment below!
- Circular containers - coffee canisters for example
- Champagne, Prosecco or Cava Corks
- Ribbon or Twine
- Prepare your corks by steaming them on the stove
- Cut your corks vertically in half or horizontally into discs.
- Glue your cork pieces to the sides of your containers.
- Dress your centrepieces with ribbon and/or twine.
- If needed use a glass inside for your flower's water.
- Add flowers and dress the wedding table!
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