How To Create A Beautiful Outdoor Centerpiece
We are always in search of inexpensive centerpieces for our outdoor patio table, aren’t you? Fresh cut flowers from the garden arranged in a vase is always a nice touch, but requires frequent refreshing, and there go your garden flowers! Ideally, we also wanted to incorporate candlelight in our outdoor centerpiece, because a little extra ambiance is always a welcome addition. So, a few pots, plants, and a candle later, voila! A beautiful, elegant, and inexpensive outdoor centerpiece that will be sure to elicit more than its share of oooohs and ahhhhs. Here’s all you need to get started:
- 8.3 inch Terracotta pot with matching sized saucer
- 4.3 inch Terracotta pot
- Trailing plant in six individual cells (six-pack)
- Decorative gravel
- Potting soil
- Glass insert – hurricane shade or other
- Small Candle
- Small trowel
Time: 20 minutes
STEP ONE: Potting soil. Add potting soil to the larger pot about ¾ of the way full.
STEP TWO: Smaller pot. Set the smaller pot on top of the soil to determine if the smaller pot is the desired height. You want it to be low enough to provide a solid foundation for the glass, but not so low that the soil you’re getting ready to add with the plants falls into the smaller pot. Make sure that at least the top 1/3 of the smaller pot rises above the larger one, and you’ll be all set.
STEP THREE: Soil preparation. Gently use the small pot to tamp the soil down to ensure solid placement. Once your plants are added and you begin to water, you’ll have a fair amount of settling, so this is an important step.
STEP FOUR: Position small pot. Once you’ve situated the smaller pot in the center of the large pot, it’s time to plant your plant or flowers around the base of the smaller pot.
STEP FIVE: Plant placement. Place plants evenly around top of the large pot, making sure to position the plants so that they trail over the rim of the large pot.
STEP SIX: Fill in. Fill in spaces between plants with potting soil, making sure to press firmly so that the plants are rooted and will stay put.
STEP SEVEN: Decorative gravel. Depending on the height you desire, you may want to fill the smaller pot with a small amount of decorative gravel to elevate the glass insert to the desired height.
STEP EIGHT: Glass insert. Place the glass insert into the smaller pot, and circle the glass with the gravel to firmly secure and position the glass.
STEP NINE: Candle. Add the candle of your choice.
STEP TEN: Satisfaction. In less than 30 minutes, you created a gorgeous centerpiece that will have people lining up for miles to get a glimpse! (Well, that may be an exaggeration, but it looks lovely, doesn’t it?)
1. We chose Miracle-Gro Moisture Control Potting Mix because we have a tendency to overwater our DIY garden projects.
2. We love the natural look of Terracotta pots (not to mention the low cost!) but this project would be beautiful
with a Ceramic Pot Set or even galvanized buckets, as well.
3. Although we purchased Decorative Gravel because we wanted to add a hint of color to the Terracotta, regular gravel or small stones would be perfectly fine to use as an alternative.
4. Originally we intended to use a small hurricane shade insert with a Votive Candle but our local craft store was understocked, so we opted for a drop-glass tea light holder instead. Either would be equally fabulous!
5. The plant shown in this How To is an “Aptenia cordifolia,” commonly known as a “Baby Sun Rose Red Apple.” Traditionally used as a low lying ground cover, it’s flourished in its new home, so we highly recommend it!
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