DIY centerpieces

Cheap decor pieces
for your barbecue

Memorial Day is the official kickoff to summer, so why not celebrate with a fabulously decorated BBQ? Play off the low-key, casual theme of an outdoor party with one of these shabby chic DIY centerpieces.

From rustic cans to repurposed patriotic bricks, there's a fun centerpiece here for anyone. The best part of these projects is how cheap and easy they are! Save your pennies on decorating so you have more to spend on great "fixins" for your BBQ!


Patterned paper wrapped buckets

Patterned paper wrapped buckets

Add some red, white and blue to your Memorial Day table setting with this super cheap, chic and easy DIY. All you need is festive patterned paper, ribbon and some fun floral attachments. Although you can add your favorite blooms to this bucket, we love the simple white hydrangeas!

What you'll need: 

  • Beer bucket or base of a pitcher
  • Patterned paper
  • Glue
  • Ribbon
  • Floral add-ons

Check out our step-by-step tutorial here on SheKnows >>


Mason jar flower box

Mason jar flower box

Instantly glam up a long picnic table with this fun Mason jar flower box. The great thing about this DIY is that you can customize it completely with your favorite colors and flowers. We love the Shabby Creek Cottage's bright blue box with the yellow flowers, perfect for a summer day!

What you'll need: 

  • 5 pieces of 1/4 inch pine wood
  • Mason jars, pint size
  • Poultry netting (chicken wire)
  • Pin nail gun
  • Pin nails
  • Putty filler
  • Colored spray paint

For the step-by-step tutorial, check out the DIY on The Shabby Creek Cottage >>


DIY twine wrapped jars

DIY twine wrapped jars
Photo credit: Hey Gorgeous Events

Mason jars are one of the cheapest and easiest pieces of decor you can add to your tablescape. Use up leftover canning jars and baker's twine in this fun centerpiece! In less than 20 minutes, you can have fun, shabby twine and burlap jars for your Memorial Day table!

What you'll need: 

  • Mason jars
  • Twine
  • Hot glue gun

For the step-by-step tutorial, check out Hey Gorgeous Events >>


Boxwood topiary

Boxwood topiary
Photo credit: 33 Shades of Green

If you're having a larger affair with all of your family members, why not place a few of these stunning boxwood topiaries on your table? These rustic yet simply glamorous centerpieces are easy to assemble and can be used in home decor well after the Memorial Day dinner party is over.

What you'll need: 

  • Fresh boxwood branches
  • Old ceramic pots
  • Foam for flowers
  • Knife
  • Scissors

For the step-by-step tutorial, check out the blog 33 Shades of Green >>


Painted mason jars and wine bottles

Painted mason jars and wine bottles

On a serious budget for your family picnic? That doesn't mean you can't still have a cute tablescape! Take those Mason jars and empty wine bottles and add some paint for instantly chic centerpieces. For a fun patriotic look, paint your bottles and jars in red white and blue and add flags instead of flowers. We love the bright yellow and blue of these jars!

What you'll need: 

  • Mason jars and dry, empty wine bottles
  • Your choice of colored paint (spray, regular or both)
  • Paint brush
  • Cardboard or newspaper

Check out our full step-by-step photo tutorial here on SheKnows >>

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