Bridal bouquets are beautiful but often very expensive, so it’s a great idea to find alternative centerpieces for your wedding that are just as gorgeous but cheaper. Lantern centerpieces make lovely alternatives to the traditional vase or bowl of flowers and can be used in any wedding style. You can also use lanterns as part of other wedding decorations, like hanging them above the head table or lining them up along the aisle. This article will read about 16 cheap lantern centerpieces for your wedding.
Here are 16 cheap lantern centerpiece ideas to get you started.
1. Use an Old Lantern Centerpiece
Old lanterns can make beautiful centerpieces and don’t have to cost a lot. You can find them at yard sales, flea markets, or thrift stores. Just make sure to clean them well before using them. If you’re feeling ambitious, you could even paint them. Be sure to cover the inside of the glass with plastic wrap first so that your paints won’t drip through onto your guests’ food. Then use any colors you want on the outside and be creative.
I love this idea because it’s something anyone can do and doesn’t take much time. Plus, old lanterns look great in photos because they’re unique and vintage-looking.
2. Colorful Glass Candle Holders
Glass candle holders are a beautiful way to add color and light to your wedding tablescape. And they’re inexpensive. You can find glass candle holders at most dollar stores or home goods stores.
Add a pillar candle, and voila! You have a beautiful, colorful lantern centerpiece. It’s simple to make, and you don’t need special tools or skills. Here’s how:
- First, put the votive candles in the bottom of the jar.
- Then, fill it with water so that it just covers the candles (make sure there is enough room left in the pot so that you can cover it with a lid).
- Take an empty votive candle and place it inside another jar with sand.
3. Rustic Mason Jar Lantern Centerpieces
For a rustic vibe, try mason jar lanterns. All you need are mason jars, candles, and burlap or twine to wrap around the base. To get started, place a candle in each pot and tie the burlap or string around the outside. These are perfect for an outdoor wedding. They can be placed on tables or hung from trees, creating a cozy atmosphere. I also love how they look with some greenery around them as well.
These would be perfect if you’re looking for something different but want your guests to feel cozy. The light gives off that warm glow that everyone loves. Plus, it’s easy to set up (you don’t even have to worry about electricity).
4. The Classic Wooden Crate
The classic wooden crate is popular because it’s sturdy, reliable, and can be decorated to match any wedding theme. Plus, it’s easy to find at your local craft store or online. Consider painting the crate or adding some greenery to add a personal touch.
For a rustic vibe, fill the crate with mason jars or vases filled with wildflowers. For something more modern, try using geometric-shaped vases or lanterns. It will give you plenty of space to play around with colors and textures, so go ahead and have fun.
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5. Bamboo Garland and Tea Light Holders
This is an excellent option if you want something simple and elegant. You can find bamboo garlands at your local craft store or online. Just wrap the garland around the lantern and add some tea light holders. You can add some greenery or flowers to dress it up more. The best part about this centerpiece is that it only costs $4. If you want to get fancier, you could always use glass containers instead of jars for the candles.
That way, they won’t be in direct contact with any water from the jar. I’ve seen people put small votive candles in vases and nestle them inside the jars on top of moss before filling them with water, so they float better.
6. Cinder Blocks and Pine Cones Lantern Centerpieces
For a rustic touch, consider using cinder blocks as the base for your lanterns. Drill a hole in the center of each block, then insert a tea light. Surround the cinder blocks with pine cones for added texture and color. You can even spray paint the pine cones to match your wedding colors. Add greenery or flowers on top of the blocks to complete this chic centerpiece idea.
Another easy way to make these is by drilling holes into the bottom of empty tin cans and placing them over votive candles, which you may want to add votives or tea lights instead for more lighting options. Add other decorations like fresh herbs or faux flowers around the edges.
7. Wood Slats and Vases With Flowers
If you’re looking for a cheap way to add elegance to your wedding, try using wood slats and vases with flower lantern centerpieces. You can find these items at most craft stores; they’re easy to put together. Simply hot glue the wood slats together in a square or rectangle, and then glue the vases to the center of each side. Then fill up the vases with water and place fresh flowers inside them.
When it comes time to take down your wedding decorations, it will be elementary as all you have to do is remove the flower stems from the floral vase. These are perfect if you don’t want to go overboard on decorating but still want to incorporate something pretty into your reception area.
8. Washi Tape in a Vintage Frame
This project is effortless, and you can find most of the supplies at your local dollar store. For this project, you’ll need a frame, washi tape in your wedding colors, and some cardstock or scrapbook paper. Remove the glass from the shelf and line the inside with washi tape. Then cut out a piece of cardstock or scrapbook paper to fit inside the frame, and voila. You have an adorable centerpiece that costs next to nothing.
You could even use old photos as the backdrop for this idea if you’re crafty enough. If not, go to the Dollar Store and pick up one of those frames with pre-cut shapes (usually animals). All you have to do is cut out two hearts and place them behind your photo. Viola! Instant decoration.
9. DIY Lantern Centerpieces
Making your lanterns is a great way to save money on wedding decorations. Plus, it’s a fun project you can do with your bridesmaids or friends. All you need are some basic supplies and a little bit of creativity. You can make different shapes, like stars, hearts, etc., by cutting out paper and taping them onto the inside cardboard tubes. You can also paint them in any color you want!
Another option is to wrap tissue paper around the center of the tube so that it hangs down from one end like a tutu.
10. Wooden Lantern Centerpieces
For a rustic or country-themed wedding, wooden lanterns are the perfect decoration. You can find these lanterns at most craft stores, and they can be easily decorated with paint, ribbon, or lace. Or, you could even leave them plain to accentuate their natural beauty. Fill the lanterns with sand or rice to give them weight, then use hot glue to attach votive candles on either side of the sand/rice. Hang your lanterns from string lights, and voila! You have an affordable centerpiece that will last all night long.
11. Glass Wall Lantern Centerpieces
To give your wedding lanterns a luxe look without spending a lot, go for glass wall lanterns. You can find these lanterns at most home décor stores. They come in many different shapes and sizes, so you’ll be able to find one that fits your needs perfectly.
These lanterns are easy to transport and assemble. All you need is some ribbon or twine and some votive candles! The best part about this idea is the price: Most of these lanterns cost less than $20, making them perfect for any budget. There are also options for LED lights if you want something more environmentally friendly.
They have battery-operated ones as well as solar-powered ones. If you would rather not deal with wires, there are battery-operated LED lanterns that have an on/off switch on the bottom of the light source.
12. Cascading Vases
One way to save money on lantern centerpieces is to buy a cascading vase. You can find these at most craft stores, which come in various sizes and styles. Another option is to purchase clear glass vases from the dollar store. You can decorate them with ribbon, lace, or other do-it-yourself touches. If you want something more elegant than hanging votives, try using battery-
operated candles as a centerpiece.
These also provide a great ambiance without being too hot to handle. Suppose you’re looking for an easy DIY project, paint mason jars with chalkboard paint. Then tie a small piece of twine around the pot so guests can write their wishes.
13. DIY Paper Lantern Centerpieces
Paper lanterns are perfect for setting the mood at an outdoor summer wedding. To make this, cut the paper into squares and make cuts up the center of each square. The larger the yard, the more light will be emitted from it. You’ll need to poke holes in the top of each lantern using a hole punch, string lights through them, and hang them from the ceiling.
You can buy battery-powered tea lights or use candles for an authentic look. One idea is to take eight paper lanterns and attach them to form a circle around a table. Fill each one with flowers, then place votive candles in the middle.
14. String Light Vase Props
Consider using string lights if you’re looking for a cheap and easy way to add light to your wedding centerpieces. All you need is a clear vase and some string lights, and you can create a beautiful and unique centerpiece. These vase props are also very versatile – you can use them with any flower or decoration.
Here are a few ideas to get you started:
- Wrap the string lights around the vase in a spiral pattern.
- Create an asymmetrical design by tying the string lights at different lengths.
- Create two smaller spirals, one on top of the other, in opposite directions, so they overlap near the base of the vase.
- Cut out a simple design from paper and tape it to the outside of your vase for added decoration if desired.
15. Copper Flowers in a Bowl
These copper flowers in a bowl make a beautiful and inexpensive lantern centerpiece for your wedding. Place a few of these around your venue to add a touch of elegance to your decor. Bonus points if you find fake or silk flower copper petals instead of the real thing because they won’t die after one day. Fill some bowls with water so that when guests come over, they can use their hands to create dancing light on the surface of the water. The copper will reflect onto them and other nearby characters and be magical.
16. Scented Candles
Candles are a great way to add ambiance to any wedding centerpiece, and scented candles can help set the mood for your wedding. Consider using scented candles in lantern centerpieces if you’re looking for a cheap and easy way to decorate your tables. Gather lanterns in different sizes, some scented candles, and some votive candles. Then, arrange the lanterns on the tables and fill them with scented candles.
Arrange the votive candles around the outside of each table. Light them before dinner so they will stay lit throughout dinner. And there you have it – an inexpensive centerpiece that smells wonderful.
If you’re planning on using lantern centerpieces in your wedding decorations, you have quite the choice regarding the actual lanterns you’ll use. There are so many different styles of lanterns, from traditional glass and ceramic to the paper, wire, and more. And many of them can be found in all different price ranges, depending on how intricate they are and where you get them from. Plus, they’re cheap and easy to make, which makes them the perfect DIY project for brides on a budget!