Glass Cylinder Centerpiece – guest post from The Frugal Homemaker

Hi, I am Christina and I am excited to be guest posting for Christa today!

I met Christa 8+ years ago when I was a newlywed and she was finishing up high school.  We formed an instant friendship.   Now she is married with 2 adorable little ones and even though we haven’t seen each other in years we love chatting back and forth about blogging, homemaking, ministry, baking, whatever!   She is a sweet, encouraging friend and I am blessed to have her in my life. 

I have spent the last 3 years blogging at Centsible Savings all about coupons and deals.  In September, I launched another blog, The Frugal Homemaker where I share all about DIY projects, shopping secondhand at yard sales and Goodwill, and decorating my home.  I participated with Christa in the 31 days series challenge last month and blogged about 31 days to decorate your home on a budget. 


Ok, now on to the project! 🙂

2 years ago, I was introduced to the world of Home/Décor/DIY blogs and my life changed forever in that moment 😉  The first blog I found was Thrifty Décor Chick and I fell instantly in love with this candle centerpiece she made.  Isn’t it pretty?

So, of course, I wanted to make my own! Smile

Here are the supplies you will need:

  • some sort of mirror
  • glass cylinders in different heights (find them at Goodwill, yard sales or the dollar store)
  • sheer fabric or burlap (something lightweight that will let light through.)
  • candles/tea lights


I found this mirror at Goodwill for $1.51 (it was brown wood when I bought it, but a little white spray paint fixed that right up ;).  Then I started collecting glass cylinders as I found them at Goodwill or yard sales.  I ended up using 7 for my project and they cost $0.89 – $1.51 each.  I only used about 1/2 yard of burlap, so total cost for the whole centerpiece was around $10.

It is sooo simple to make!  Take your fabric and cut it to fit your cylinders.  I used white burlap and left the edges unfinished.  Wrap it around the cylinder and secure it with a little hot glue or double stick tape.


Here are all 7 cylinders wrapped in burlap.


Then just arrange them on your mirror the way you want.  You will probably have some room in between your cylinders and the edge of the mirror that you can use for filler items.   I put moss and eggs around it in the spring, Christmas ornaments/greenery/or berries around it for Christmas, and for fall, I decorate it with this leaf garland that I bought at Dollar Tree.


I love how the candlelight illuminates the whole cylinder! Smile


And I love the fact that is totally interchangeable and can be easily decorated for all season.  I have used the cylinders by themselves as vases and used the mirror for other centerpieces too.


Love it decorated for fall Smile


So if you are looking for a unique centerpiece, start collecting glass cylinders and a suitable mirror at Goodwill or yard sales.  Then you can have your own custom centerpiece perfect for every season.


Thanks, Christa, for letting me visit today and share my project with you and your readers!


Thanks, Christina!! Wow – isn’t that centerpiece gorgeous?? And so easy to recreate one of your own! I love how easy it is to customize it for different holidays and seasons. If you need a centerpiece, head to your Dollar Tree and see what you can find!! And make sure you come back and visit Christina’s awesome new site, The Frugal Homemaker!


  1. Christa says:

    Just stopped by your blog! So pretty! Love the dressers post! It is so fun to get inspiration from blogland, isn’t it? Happy blogging to you! 🙂

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