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Simple DIY Centerpiece

July 30, 2015

August is almost here and summer is somehow already slipping away. Soon, the kiddos will return to school and late night game night will turn back into early bedtimes and packing school lunches. But for now, there’s more than enough summer left to be able to appreciate a family meal outside. As the sun goes down, and the summer evening breeze rolls in, setting up a casual dinner doesn’t take much effort if you have the right tools and ideas.


We wanted to share a simple centerpiece for you to create that can easily be adapted for your different summertime tablescapes.

Here’s what you’ll need:
– 1 large terracotta pot or plant pot of choice (this one measures 8.25″)
– 1 smaller terracotta pot (this one measures 4″)
– Sand and gravel stones
– Potting soil
– Succulents or plant of choice
– Pillar candle (this one measures 4″)
– Hurricane vase (optional)

Step 1. Place a piece of scrap wood at the bottom of the larger pot to help elevate the smaller pot.
Step 2. As the scrap wood may seal the drainage hole at the bottom of the large pot, place a combination of sand and gravel stones in the pot to absorb some moisture.
Step 3. Fill the larger pot with potting soil.
Step 4. Dig a hole in the center of the larger pot deep enough that the smaller pot can sit flush (also ensure there is equal space around the circumference)


Step 5. Plant desired plants all around pot as desired.
Note: we choose succulents for this project as they do not require a lot of moisture and have smaller root balls, making them easier to plant.
Step 6: Rest candle inside smaller pot.

You can also use a citronella candle in place of the pillar candle if you’d like to keep the bugs away. Just ensure the smaller pot is not flush, but sits higher than the plants to avoid any fire hazards.

Alternatively, you can follow the same steps and use a hurricane glass to hold your candle. These would look beautiful all lined up on a long table or in a grouping with various sizes to form a larger centerpiece. Don’t forget to keep an eye on lit candles and enjoy!

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    Hi, I'm Barbara. I'm Italian, I live in Italy.
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