French Braid Centerpiece

DIY Centerpiece: French Braid Ribbon Technique for Vases

French Braid CenterpieceFor my hubby’s Grandmothers’ 75th birthday party I was tasked with creating centerpieces to match with the lovely and elegant lilac decor of her birthday party. The centerpieces needed to look elegant and add some flair to the tables but the challenge was to keep it low cost. A challenge I am always happy to undertake!

How the centerpiece came together

The first thing I did was to prowl Pinterest for some ideas. I knew that I wanted to use mostly materials that I already had at home if possible, or materials that could be bought for very cheap.

I imagined that with any centerpiece I’d want to make for an older person, it would have to be based on a vase as this is always a good idea for more elegant party decor like an elderly person’s birthday party!

I sourced cylindrical glass vases and hired them from a local supplier. I then filled them to about a quarter full with water beads that expand in water. You can get them for fairly cheap at any Chinatown.

Above the water beads I placed some raffia which came in various shades of metallic purple and glowed in the dark! I then filled the vases to the top with water over the gel balls and raffia and added a floating candle at the top. The gel balls continued to expand as it took on water which made the centerpiece look better and better!

Once I had the main centerpiece craft done I wanted to dress them up with ribbon. I really wanted to do more than just tie a ribbon around the vases. A quick google search led me to this really easy tutorial on how to french braid a ribbon around a vase.

It was really easy to do a french braided ribbon around each vase and  the effect was simply stunning and added the perfect finish for the centerpieces.

French Braid Centerpiece

Next time you need to come up with an idea for DIY wedding or party centerpiece, a vase and some beautiful ribbon are all you will need to create a most elegant centerpiece!


Anthea O'Neill is a wife and proud mom of three. She is front-end web developer, blogger and a self-proclaimed glitter & yarn addict. Anthea's Project Life is a blog for the modern mom.

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  1. Those are some gorgeous looking centerpieces Anthea, and you did it perfectly. I am sure it caught everyone’s attention. I also look for inspirations from Pinterest and I also come up with great DIYs. Thanks a lot for sharing this, I think I should give it a try one of these days.


    1. Anthea says:

      Thank you Cindy! I will be sure to check out your own DIY’s and inspiration too!

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