Rustic Chic Cotton and Succulent Centerpiece

July 23, 2017

We love quick and easy projects and this one qualifies on both counts and uses two of the hottest current design trends – cotton and bromeliads.

Perfect as a dinner party centerpiece because it casts a lovely glow and stays out of the way of cross-table conversations.

The following materials list for this easy dinner party accent is super short:

  • Wooden tray
  • Cotton accent – we’ve used a round faux cotton ball
  • Succulents – either real or simulated (we love both!).  We used two hollow spheres and a small colorful accent. You can find the succulents at the hobby store, a nursery or online.
  • Battery fairy lights
  • Lace runner – nice touch if you have it

The cotton accent. We found this at a big box hobby store.


The succulent accents – we used two of the “balls”. We also added a small red faux succulent as a final touch. (See our final photo.)


An all purpose wooden tray. So versatile, you really should have one.


Warm white battery fairy lights are our favorite for this project but closer to red would be great alternatives.


Our runner. A lace tablecloth would be a great look as well.


Using a simulated succulent sphere makes it easy to light it up from the inside. Tuck the battery fairy lights into the interior.


Wind the battery lights under all the components.


Line up the succulents and the cotton on the tray.  Turn on the lights. Here’s a closeup of the completed project.


Add a little colorful faux succulent, dim the lights and start the first course!


Shellie Gardner
Aside from throwing dinner parties that feature at least two kinds of cheese dip, Shellie's passions include travel, Mid-Century Modern furnishings and finding the perfect street taco. Has been known to snort laugh champagne.

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