Shoshy Cadoodle

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DIY BEAUTIFY: Copper Vessel Centrepieces

DIY BEAUTIFY: Pretty Copper Party Centrepieces

espresso cup table setting

Today I’m sharing a little DIY trick I did for a party recently, to beautify an event and make it special… without going overboard by hiring florists or stylists… something easy enough that you can create at home!

What you’ll need:

  • Spray paint (I used the copper chrome colour from the Montana Gold collection. You can find it at the London Graphic Centre.)
  • Clean empty glass bottles and jars (you can reuse beer bottles, wine bottles, jam jars etc…)
  • Something to protect the area you’re spray painting on
  • tea cups + saucers (or espresso cups as I used)
  • A bunch of pretty flowers bought or cut on the day of the event
  • Tea lights + tea light containers (I reused shallow glass pots)

A few weeks before the event:

  1. Start collecting the bottles, jars and tea light containers.
  2. Ask friends to help if you like, your collection will increase and vary more!
  3. Containers in a variety of shapes and heights will be more interesting for centerpieces than all of the same type.

What to do a few days before the event:

  1. Cover the surface you’re spraying on… (which should be an outside space.)
  2. After shaking your spray paint can vigorously, spray all of your clean bottles.
  3. Leave to dry for about 30minutes, then repeat, adding another layer.
  4. Repeat step 3 two or three more times.
  5. Leave to dry as long as possible, if you have to take them indoors, be careful transporting them… use tissue paper if you’re worried your fingerprints will show. I’d recommend letting them air dry for at least 24-48hours. When transporting the containers to the venue, wrap them up carefully in tissue paper, because as well as the chance of them breaking, you don’t want them to scratch the paint off each other!

On the day:

  1. Choose your flowers. I bought a generous sized bouquet which was plenty for three tables. You really don’t need a huge amount though and it will depend on what containers you’re using. For example, I only put one stem in the bottles with very narrow lips, but I put about five or six stems in the mini mason jars which had a wider lip. So if you have less budget for flowers, perhaps you’ll want to collect bottles with small lips, to make them go further!
  2. Remember to keep those blooms happy and hydrated! Fill all your containers with water. It sounds obvious, but in the heat of the moment, it could be something you forget, unless of course you’re a florist and this step would be almost blasphemous to skip.
  3. Have fun arranging! For the espresso cups I bought very small, dainty potted plants, but for the painted containers I used a varied mix of cut flowers with interesting shapes and colours, cutting them to appropriate heights.
  4. Don’t forget to light your tealights if you’re using them! (Also, word to the wise: don’t use the highly flammable spray paint on the tealight containers.)
  5. I added Shoshy Cadoodle menus and place cards for each place setting, with a pretty floral theme to match!

Extra tips:

  • You can have a lot of fun with masking tape! If you use it to wrap around a mid-section of a bottle before you start the spray painting, you will be left with a “naked” area of the bottle. This can look quite pretty as you’ll be able to see the stem showing, through the beautiful bottle in a really clean, precise way.
  • I used a copper colour, but you could create whatever colour theme you like. You just need to find the right spray paint! I bet pretty pastels for a outdoor spring wedding would be gorgeous.
  • So, I did do this for a party… but you know what? They’re also lovely little vases you could make for your home, either with flowers in or without… They might even make a nice homemade gift!

Here are some photos of the event I did, so you can see how it turned out. Hope this leaves you feeling some inspiration:

little mason jar

This mini mason jar is one I applied masking tape to, for that peekaboo stem trick I talked about!

table setting

The tealights really add a nice warm glow to the copper jars.

espresso cup saucer

I fell in love with these adorable little espresso cups, but vintage tea cups and saucers could look super pretty too.

Hope you enjoyed this post, it’s the first DIY post I’ve ever done, so let me know if I should post more like this!

Also, let me know if you’d find photos documenting the process along the way helpful. I tend to be a visual learner, perhaps you are too? Maybe even a video could work too for these types of posts, for you audio (and visual) learners? Feedback is always welcome, so leave a comment on this post with your thoughts.