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DIY How To Make A Wedding Centerpiece with Crystals on a Budget

How To Make A Wedding Centerpiece Using Crystals & Chain on a Budget

Posted on March 28, 2014 by AUTHOR Abigail McMaugh | 6 comments

Wedding Centerpiece Hanging Crystals

We are always looking for ways to showcase our wedding crystals and what better way to do that than to create a wedding centerpiece using our crystals and show how we created this stunning centerpiece on a strict budget. You don't have to spend hundreds of dollars on a centerpiece to get the wow factor.  Every bride wants to see all her hard work and planning to come perfectly together at the reception. The wedding centerpiece is one of the main focal points and the beautiful cast of rainbows by using crystal prisms can enhance the already stunning surroundings. While centerpieces are created for there beauty they also can be done economically.  A difficult choice that all Brides need to decide if flowers should be used as centerpiece on the special day. Fresh Cut Flowers are beautiful but yet can be quite costly so we are finding more and more brides choosing artificial flowers. Silk flowers always remain a cost effective solution, they can be re-purposed, easy to arrange and easy on budget. The centerpiece we created was created with silk flowers to keep withing out budget but you may use fresh cut flowers if your budget allows for it. Quality is always a top priority for such a special occasion and finding ways to purchase quality items at cheap prices is always a priority for the Bride. That is exactly what we have done with this centerpiece, we will show you how to create a beautiful wedding centerpiece using hanging crystals & crystal garland chain while saving money. Below we will provide you with a list of prices we paid from each particular item.



 Needed items and where we purchased them from:

  • Clear vase (size depending on your preference). We bought from Home Goods, it was 20’ high and 4 ½ wide. The price was $7.99.
  • Foam ball (size should be 2” or 3” larger than the vase opening). We bought from Michaels Craft Store, 7” FloraCraft Foam Ball. The price was $13.99 (we used an online coupon for $40% off one item, paid $8.39).
  • Hydrangea Stem white, 8 qty. We bought from Michael's Craft Store  Ashland spring stems. The price for each was $6.99 (on sale for $50% off, paid $3.49 each).
  • Hydrangea Stem green, 3 qty. We bought from Michael's Craft Store, Ashland spring stems. The price for each was $6.99 (on sale for $50% off, paid $3.49 each).
  • Ashland Greening Pins, 1 box of 50 pc. Bought at Michael's Craft Store. The price was $2.49.
  • Crystal Garland Strands (14mm), 1 bag. From Crystal Prism World. price was $9.49
  • French Pendalogue Prisms 50mm, qty 8 From Crystal Prism World  Price was $13.20
  • French Pendalogue Pendant 63mm, qty 1 From Crystal Prism World. Price was $1.85
  • Loose octagon crystals qty 2 of the 50 pc bag. From Crystal Prism World. Price was $6.00
  • Ramsat LED battery operated push light, 1 qty. From Michael's Craft Store.  Price was $11.99.
  • Total cost for this wedding centerpiece was only $71.39....WOW




Step 1

Wash the vase with a window cleaner, inside and out.


Step 2
Using wire cutters cut the stem of the hydrangea flower 5” from the bottom of the flower stem.


Step 3
Place the flowers starting at the top of the ball working all the way down and around, leave an open space at the bottom of the ball about 1” larger than the vase opening.
Arrange your flowers per your desired preference prior to adding the crystals.


Step 4
Separate the crystal chain in the following link lengths, leave the round connector on each end. Center crystals: 12 crystals, 10 crystals and 5 crystals.
Surrounding crystals, 5 strands of 8 crystals each, I strand at 7 crystals each.


Step 5
Attach the smaller French Pendants to the chain except the 12 links, add the larger French Pendant to the 12 link chain.


Step 6
Greening Pin through the round of the 12, 10 and 5 piece of garland chain. Attach each pin to the ball, stagger at your preference.


Step 7
Add 1 Greening Pin per remaining garland chain. Attach at your desired height. We placed ours 3” from the center of the bottom of the ball, the distance is 3” apart. For the 7 crystal garland chain, place lower on the ball to allow for the outside chains to be the same length.


Step 8
Place the ball on the vase to review the finished product.


Step 9
Fill vase with the remaining crystal pieces and add the 2 bags



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  • Homiqua Williams Cartwright

    Just learning but made two

  • Kelly Gray

    This is absolutely perfect really helped me out millions and saved me a fortune X

  • Cindy

    That is an outstanding job. Can’t wait to help decorate church next Christmas!! Bless you!

  • Vicky Rosado

    Great idea!

  • Brenda

    How many center pieces did you make?


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