08 Jan

DIY: “Berry Sweet” Grapewood Centerpiece

DIY: “Berry Sweet” Grapewood Centerpiece

I have somewhat of an obsession with grapewood branches lately… in addition to their naturally fabulous, unique look, they’re so versatile when it comes to the different ways you can dress them up for parties and weddings. They also make great LOW table centerpieces – which is wonderful when you want to do something different than the usual short bunch of flowers.

Added bonuses: Grapewood branches are affordable, easy to work with, AND highly reusable. (I actually use the ones I own as decor in our home when they’re not making an appearance at an event… makes storage easier too!)

DIY: “Berry Sweet” Grapewood Centerpiece

Pictured here are the grapewood centerpieces from the Berry Sweet Baby Shower.

Because we did several small tables at the restaurant where this party was held, I wanted to mix up the centerpiece designs so that the tables didn’t get too monotonous, and these worked perfectly for one of the 3 different styles…

DIY: “Berry Sweet” Grapewood Centerpiece

They were quick & easy, which is always helpful when you need to create several centerpieces in a very short timeframe, and the naturally unique shapes of the wood made each one look a little different on it’s own.

Below is the DIY info for how to create these exact centerpieces, which feature pink and red (also great for Valentine’s Day!), but of course you can replicate this exact design with any color palette you like!

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BERRY SWEET GRAPEWOOD CENTERPIECES

You’ll Need:
Grapewood branch(es)Base the branch size on the size of your table. These were small, 36″ square tables, so I used the small 10″ size ($9 at bloomsandbranches.com), but also used a larger 18″ branch for an accent piece for the party. For a standard dining room table, 18″ would be ideal.
Bellani Pod Balls – ($2.99 for 6 at save-on-crafts.com) – like the hot pink and red ones used here.
Fresh Floral Blooms – Just a few per arrangement; various shades of red & pink roses and gerbera daisies were used here.
3-D Craft “Glue Dots” or Hot Glue Gun
Floral Wire
Strand of acrylic beads – I cut the strands these strands from a Diamonds Beaded Red Curtain ($19.99 at shopwildthings.com). You’ll have WAY more beaded strands than you need, but you can use the additional strands all throughout the rest of the party!

Directions:
1.
Position the branch on the side that you want it to rest on the table.

2. Glue 1-3 bellani pods to the branch, depending on the size. (In some cases you might be able to tightly just squeeze the pods into certain areas on the branches and avoid glue altogether.)

3. Trim the stems of the flowers to 2″ and add them to different areas of the branch. Use floral wire to secure them, unless you’re able to find crevices to insert the stems in a secure manner (which is actually often the case!).

4. Cut the beaded strands to size, and simply drape them casually around the branch.

DONE! Super easy, and you can also do them “assembly line style” if you’re creating several.

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{Photos by Jillian Bisinger}

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12Comments

1
Elisha Akram SAYS:

I love it… so cute and yet so simple! Thanks for the tutorial!

Reply January 8, 2010 at 10:06 am

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Design Mom SAYS:

Thinking about you today! Are you coming to Alt Summit (http://altitudesummit.com)? I would love to see you. And the speaker list is amazing. The first conference that’s all about design people.

Reply January 8, 2010 at 10:37 am

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Lisa Cabanes SAYS:

Gorgeous Centerpiece!!!

Reply January 8, 2010 at 6:17 pm

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dining room table SAYS:

Thanks for the tutorial! It is a big help! I really have to do this! I want to put this in my room!

Reply January 8, 2010 at 11:00 pm

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jenn s. SAYS:

Hi Gabrielle –
I’d absolutely LOVE to attend Alt Summit, but can’t make it work this year. I’ll be about 32 weeks pregnant then and we’re already out of town the weekend before and after that, so adding another trip isn’t doable this time around. Have fun though – I’m jealous!! :)

Reply January 11, 2010 at 12:28 pm

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wendy SAYS:

I just discovered your blog and love your ideas. I am planning a party for my 8 year old and would like to do an inspiration board. Yours are lovely. What software or website do you use?

Reply January 11, 2010 at 9:42 pm

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jenn s. SAYS:

Hi Wendy –
I use Adobe Photoshop for everything. It’s the best! You can also make inspiration boards with the “light” version of Photoshop, which is called Photoshop Elements and is a lot less expensive than the full version.

Reply January 12, 2010 at 10:04 am

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Rochelle SAYS:

Love grapewood branches! I bought one at
Z Gallerie a couple months ago and its displayed on my dark brown console table in the foyer.

Reply January 13, 2010 at 5:25 pm

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Nicole-Lynn SAYS:

We were thinking of having some driftwood as a centerpiece option/decor at our wedding recpetion.. this would be great too! Thanks!

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Reply January 14, 2010 at 2:08 pm

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DEBBI SAYS:

I love your work. Where do yu get yur grapewood?

Reply March 1, 2011 at 7:37 am

jenn s. SAYS:

Hi Debbie –
I usually order my grapewood from bloomsandbranches.com, but you can also get it at save-on-crafts.com!

March 1, 2011 at 9:10 am

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