Unique Centerpieces: Gift Box Edition

Posted by Dogwood on Mar 09, 2010

I’ve found another unique idea for centerpieces that is easy DIY, able to be done way in advance and can tie in any color combination you want.  It’s the gift that keeps on giving….literally! These centerpieces can be for aesthetics only or could actually hold your wedding favors.  Arranged in just the right way, they are a beautiful alternative to pricey flowers… and they last a lot longer!

From AOL

From AOL

Thanks to Erinn Valencich at eHow for this great step by step guide:

Step 1:

Gather boxes. Chances are, you have boxes you can use already lying around the house. You’ll want to vary sizes, but choose boxes that are within the same basic medium-size range. Shoeboxes and other boxes with pronounced tops aren’t the best choice; instead, try to find something without an obviously visible top. You can always buy empty boxes at party or craft supply stores. (If you don’t have any empty gift boxes, small board games, tissue boxes or pantry items like tea or cracker boxes could work.)

Step 2:

Choose wrapping paper and ribbon. When making your selections, remember to choose paper that coordinates with the table linens and china you’ll be using. Try to tie all elements together by sticking to two or three colors. And when choosing papers and ribbons, it’s best not to go for anything too busy; small patterns and solids are safest.

Step 3:

If you’re using flimsy empty boxes and will be displaying them outdoors or somewhere they might get jostled, put something inside to weight them. Just don’t use anything too heavy, so when you stack the boxes they won’t crush each other.

Step 4:

Wrap the boxes carefully and secure with double-sided tape. Tie ribbons and trim the ends.

Step 5:

Stack boxes in center of table. If you’re using a long table, create several piles of boxes along the length of the table. If you’ll be at round tables, one display of boxes is all you need. When stacking the boxes, display them at different angles, setting some upright and resting others on their sides.


Images clockwise from top left: New Jersey Brides, Halaeaka, eHow and the bottom two are from Martha Stewart

I love these images, of  course the floral boxes would take some added time…and money. But the top left and bottom right images would be perfect for wedding favors!