I recently grew a batch of 30 grass centerpieces and they were a big hit at the event.
They still looked great even after the event, so I got to use them in other fun ways.
Well, this is not officially a centerpiece since it is on my mantle but the same idea could be used on a table.
I used a layer of cork to protect the mantle from the moistness of the grass out of its container but if you are going to grow your grass in an attractive container, you would not have to do this.
I put skinny candles already in a glass holder (from Dollar Tree) directly on top of the square of grass and
pushed it down a little until it was level.
Since the event was in the first part of April, I got to use the grass as if it were
In other information I have read on growing grass for centerpieces, it says that you can grow the
grass in large containers and then cut the grass sod to fit in the container you want to use so I
wanted to try this for future reference.
Ummmm...maybe I did something wrong but mine was a muddy mess on the sides.
I guess my lesson from this is that if you are going to cut the grass to fit in a prettier container,
make sure it is not see-through. (You could GROW the grass in a glass contianer however if you don't
mind seeing the roots. Or a piece of ribbon or scrapbook paper could be added to hide
the roots from view.)
From that little experiement, I had a square of grass with a hole in the middle.
I threw away the muddy mess, cleaned the glass container, and put a chunky candle in it.
To protect the table, I put the whole thing on a 1/2" thick piece of cork from another project.
Here is the same set up but with river rocks around the base of the grass.
This covers up the roots somewhat if you don't like the look of them without a container.
If you try this, be aware that you need to put rocks underneath the entire patch of grass
to protect the table (or hide something waterproof underneath it all).
Here are a couple of instances where I did try to cut the grass to fit non-transparent containers.
Since the containers were deeper than my grass, I packed them with plastic bags to
make the grass the correct heigth.
You can even add flowers directly to the grass. Mums, daisies, and other hearty flowers
will last about 12 hours without wilting (if they not in a hot area). Water picks could be stuck into the dirt
if you would like to use something more like roses, etc.
Here is another illustration of mums stuck directly into the dirt.
I went back and poked holes in all the aluminum trays after this so the water could drain.
Was it because I didn't put a layer of dirt on top of the seeds? I had not in the past, but, oh well.
Fianlly, the squares went from this:
On the cork, I cut out paper base lines and bases and pasted them onto the
cork squares. Most of the cork came from rolls of thin cork from Hobby Lobby.
They didn't have enough for all that I needed so I found a package of thicker cork
at Michaels to complete the centerpieces. The thick cork was actually MUCH
better (but it was more expensive).
After the event, we put the grass squares back in their little aluminum holders and gave them
a good watering. They went to two other parties and lasted about 5 weeks total.
I am sharing this at "Frugal Friday" at