DIY Table Centerpiece (2 Ways)


This past April, Larry Schneiderman hosted the Triumph Over Parkinson’s fundraiser at the Dayblock Event Center in Minneapolis. It was a very successful event, raising over $150,000 for Parkinson’s research.

Natalie and Chad were tasked with making centerpieces for the event, and they went for simple and slightly rustic. Natalie wanted something with a graphic element (stenciled pegboards) and pallets were Chad’s inspiration for the DIY clipboard stand.

The idea could be recreated for almost any event where it fit the décor – graduation parties, baby or wedding showers, wedding reception, brunches… The clipboard would be great for the menu on a buffet table, too.

Such a simple centerpiece idea - Could be used for any occasion - graduation, wedding, shower, backyard bbq, special event

Unfortunately, I don’t have any pics of the process for Chad’s DIY stand, but he gave me some of the details:

Base – Cedar 2×2 (cut 12″ long)
Supports – Cedar 1×1 (cut 14″ long)
Horizontal slats – Pine lathe (he purchased in bundles) – 14″ long
X-Acto Clip No. 4
Steel Wool & Vinegar

He used a steel wool and vinegar method to stain the wood (all kinds of tutorials here) and then assembled the stand. You could also use regular stain or paint for a different look.

The supporting 1×1’s were attached to each end of the base, one in front and one in back, and then the lathe strips were attached. You can see that the placement of the supports causes the horizontal slats to be at an angle, and Chad further added to the visual interest by offsetting every other slat.

DIY centerpiece with stenciled pegboard, DIY clipboard stand, flowers and candles

There were two different sized pegboards – the larger was 2′ x 2′ and was used with the clipboard on the 60″ round tables.

The smaller ones – approximately 1′ x 1′ – were placed in various spots around the event with a simple arrangements, allowing the lettering to stand out.

Simple centerpiece

I love the simplicity of this look and how they mixed up the arrangements. It would be so easy to change the stenciled words to fit the occasion.

For more color and variety, the pegboards could be painted – all in one color or each board in a different color for a more eclectic look.

Stenciled pegboard and flowers in a vase

Interested in more DIY ideas? Check out these posts, and our DIY Pinterest board!

Photos: John Huelskamp (Landmark Photography)

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