How to Make Charming Centerpieces with a Vintage Flair!

Say centerpiece and you immediately envision lush, gorgeous blooms. The vase goes barely noticed. But what about arrangements in which the focus is just as much on the container as on the flowers? We’re referring to centerpieces using the charm of vintage vessels, like tins for tea, coffee, biscuits, or candy, as well as quaint old bottles, apothecary jars, and wooden crates for wine, cheese, or fruits.

Thanks to treasure troves for all things vintage, like antique stores, thrift shops, flea markets, and yard sales, you could build up quite a collection of these containers. Then, come wedding or party time, simply bring them out, fill them with your favorite blooms, and wow your guests! Need some inspiration for what finds to look out for? Here are 9 great ones from a quick web search. Enjoy!

Charming Centerpieces Using Vintage Tins, Jars, Bottles and Boxes

How to assemble vintage centerpieces using vintage jars, tins, and vases

1 – See how fabulously an Oriental-inspired tea or biscuit tin can glam up a casual outdoor wedding! Its intricate design and gold trim would suit any monochromatic bunch of flowers. Other vintage touches on this table from a real wedding on Once Wed are a fancy doily and (what look like) retro sticks of gum!

2 – A neat substitute for authentic vintage tins could be empty tin cans for coffee or powdered milk. Shared on Marien Mae‘s blog, these recycled containers get a sweet, dainty look with a simple band of pastel-colored lace glued around them. Just fill with asters, billy buttons, mums, roses, or any flowers you love, and you’ll have quite a charming display!

3 – Old milk bottles like these ones for hire from The Crockery Cupboard are sure to be conversation starters at your guest tables! Don’t you just love the “funky illustrated adverts” on each one (see more designs in the full post), promoting products from decades past? Even the simplest flowers would be a hit in these.

4 – Grouping vintage tins to showcase an assortment of floral colors and varieties just ups the visual impact! My Cakies shows us several groupings just as lovely that she created for the wedding of a friend—who happened to have a fascinating collection of old tins. Check them all out!

5 – New life for an old cheese crate, as a rustic centerpiece holder filled with fresh apricots! Featured on The Lennoxx, this provides a fabulous focal point for a wedding table styled by Cynthia Martyn of Cynthia Martyn Events. Just look at those gorgeous florals, too!

6 – Tea tins with brilliant colors, exotic designs, and (best of all) wordings in a foreign language are sure to grab guests’ attention. Such a lovely image of tulips in a golden orange tin of jasmine tea we found via Intimate Weddings (attributed to Bijou Kaleidoscope).

7 – You’ve got to love this centerpiece idea featuring suspended empty bottles, spotted on Eat Drink Chic. Just pop a single bloom in each and tie with jute twine. Lovely for a buffet backdrop or to grace the entryway to your celebration!

8 – From delicate milk glass vases to blue-tinted mason jars to humble jam bottles—you can mix and match them for a charming eclectic look, like this one via Design StILes. For an air of romance, soft muted colors from pure white to blush pink are a perfect choice.

9 – Talk about simple charm and grace! This assortment of empty bottles holding a casual selection of blooms is just that. Feeling inspired, Sarah of A Beach Cottage pulled this together from what she already had in her home and garden. Now, doesn’t that inspire you, too?

And for some vintage-inspired centerpiece inspiration from our own sets, visit these posts:

DIY Book Centerpieces with a Vintage Theme
A Hot Air Balloon Centerpiece for a Vintage Travel Theme
Ready, Set, Wrap! Dress Up Your Centerpieces in Fabric

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