22 May

DIY Tutorial: “Mini Charcoal Grill Trio” Centerpiece

mini bbq centerpiece for a summer grilling party - diy tutorial

I really wanted to feature something creative & unique as the table centerpiece for our brand new Summer Grilling Party theme (posting later today!!), so my first thought was to go REALLY literal and create some miniature charcoal grills. Luckily, the shape of charcoal grills makes them very easy to emulate using inexpensive & easily accessible materials – hooray!

First, I found 3 melamine bowls at Target that matched our party color palette perfectly, then filled them with charcoal and topped them with painted bamboo skewers for the “grill” tops. Oh ya… can’t forget orange sprinkles for the “embers”! ;)

diy tutorial for a mini charcoal grill table centerpiece

Old shot glasses from our cabinet were flipped upside down and coated in shiny silver spray paint to create the bases for the grills. (The tallest shot glass was a joke gift that my husband had received a while back with a rival football team’s logo on it, so he was pretty happy to see that one “go”!) Finally, little hot glue to attach the stands to the grills and – voila! The modern Mini Charcoal Grill Trio was complete.

I’m pretty happy with how these little guys turned out… wouldn’t they be cute for a camping party theme or Tailgate too?! Read on for the step-by-step instructions…

mini bbq grill centerpiece for a summer party


Mini Charcoal Grill Centerpiece (DIY Tutorial)

by Jennifer Sbranti

– 3 Melamine Bowls (mine were 5″, 6″, and 6″)
– Charcoal Briquettes (the kind without lighter fluid), partially crushed
– Orange sprinkles for “embers”
– Shot glasses or small candle holders for “stands” in 3 different heights (*see note)
– Brilliant Metallic Silver Spray Paint
– Black Spray Paint
– Bamboo Skewers (approximately 5 sticks per grill)
– Hot Glue Gun
– Strong scissors or wire cutters

*Note: For my “stands” I used a tall shot glass, a regular sized shot glass, and a Tiny Stainless Steel Bowl from IKEA that was leftover from the DIY bbq place card holders


Partially crush a few charcoal briquettes for each bowl and set aside. Paint the bamboo skewers black and let dry. Paint your bases silver and let dry.

Lay the painted skewers on top of each bowl to figure out size & placement, then trim them down to size using strong scissors or a wire cutter, but don’t glue them on yet. (My bowls were 5”, 6” and 6” and I used 5 skewers per “grill”.)

Fill bowls about half way with crushed charcoal, then hot glue the trimmed black skewers to the top of the bowls to create the “grills”. Add orange sprinkles to charcoal for “embers”.

Flip your painted silver “stands” upside down and use hot glue to attach them to each grill.

Arrange in a trio for your table centerpiece. They look cute as they are, or you can top them with signs and decorative “food” – like the mini wooden “hot dogs” pictured here! (The hot dogs are actually just wooden dowels painted red & cut down to size.)


diy charcoal grill centerpiece for a summer grilling party

Stay tuned for more ideas from this new theme coming soon! :)

diy charcoal grill centerpiece

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Michelle - I DO invitations by michelle SAYS:

Ummm…cutest DIY ever! You are so creative + clever! LOVE!!

Reply May 22, 2012 at 11:48 am

Cindy SAYS:

Cute! Seriously, how do you come up with so many cute ideas?!

Reply May 22, 2012 at 11:57 am

Danielle-Cutie Putti Paperie SAYS:

This is the most adorable idea!!!! Are those crayons on top to look like hotdogs? I love this!!!! This would be perfect for a camping party!!! So cute

Reply May 22, 2012 at 12:52 pm

jenn s. SAYS:

Thanks, Danielle! The “hot dogs” are actually wooden dowels painted red. :) And I totally agree about the camping party!

May 24, 2012 at 5:02 pm

Deanna at Mirabelle Creations SAYS:

These are fantastic! What a great idea for cookout season!

Reply May 22, 2012 at 1:15 pm

Jennifer ~ BellaGrey Designs SAYS:

Jenn ~ these are SUPER CUTE!!!! Fabulous idea!!!

Reply May 22, 2012 at 1:32 pm

raquel Paiva SAYS:

Blog Perfect!!!!

Reply May 24, 2012 at 4:59 pm

maryvan meter farris SAYS:

This is such a a fun theme and very creative, I was curious where you got the mini grills to make the place settings?

Reply May 24, 2012 at 9:21 pm

jenn s. SAYS:

Thanks! I actually made the mini grill place card holders from tiny stainless steel bowls from IKEA, lollipop sticks, and buttons for the “wheels”. Just hot glue the lollipop stick legs and buttons to the upside down bowls then fill them with crushed charcoal (or crushed chocolate cookies) and “fire” place cards, which you can download for free right here. (and if you were actually referring to the paper grills on the place settings, you can download those at the same place!)


May 25, 2012 at 8:45 am

Antoinette Belton SAYS:

You are absolutely amazing! I love this theme…will be using this for Father’s Day Cookout:-)

Reply June 2, 2012 at 12:29 pm

Patricia Ward-Tippett SAYS:

Oh…my…god…these are AMAZING!

Reply June 6, 2012 at 1:17 am

Lyrik Engel SAYS:

aww…the site I surfed from made it sound like you could use these…Make Mini Grills for the Back Deck
Mini grills are wonderful. You can put them right on the patio table and sit and relax while you cook. Or, you could allow everyone to cook their own food, giving you the night off completely. These are perfect for smaller cookouts when you have just a small handful of friends and family over or if you really wanted to create several, you could use them for larger get-togethers as well. This particular one is a centerpiece that features three mini grills and it’s perfect for the backyard patio.
DIY Instructions and Project Credit – HWTM Blog

faked me out :(

Reply May 19, 2014 at 7:42 am

Jaquline Dittmann SAYS:

Yea… what a disappointment…

Reply May 18, 2016 at 5:20 pm

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