DIY Wooden Love Heart Rustic Wedding Centerpieces

Earlier this month our daughter got married in a quaint rural setting in northern British Columbia. It was a beautiful homestyle country wedding where the families came together to create an intimate handmade wedding.

The ceremony was held in a beautiful outdoor setting on the groom's father's acreage. The delicious food was prepared by the groom's mother and grandparents. Our daughter, her bridesmaids, Mr. Frugalista, and I made all the DIY wedding decorations, including these DIY wooden love heart rustic wedding centerpieces.

The goal was to create a beautiful rustic, casual, low budget wedding where every detail was created with love and had a story.

DIY Rustic Wedding Centerpieces On A Budget

DIY Rustic Wedding Centerpiece Boxes

The inspiration for our rustic wedding centerpiece boxes came from Pinterest and being that we were on a tight budget and the venue was a province away from our home, ordering the custom boxes was not an option. So we made our own version with fence boards and I'm going to show you how to make this low budget wedding idea.

These DIY centerpiece boxes would also be wonderful for an engagement or anniversary party too.

DIY Wedding Decorations On A Budget

The original plan was to use a woodburning tool to etch the love hearts into the wood. After the first attempt, I decided heck no was that happening. There just wasn't enough time with the wedding just two weeks away so I came up with another quick way to embellish the wooden boxes.

Rustic Wedding Centerpieces

How To Build Rustic Wooden Wedding Centerpiece Boxes

Building the wooden centerpiece boxes

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The wooden boxes are not difficult to build and we had all eighteen assembled in an afternoon. While one cut the fence boards to size, the other stained each piece.

DIY Rustic Wedding Decorations

The boxes are 5 1/2-inches square, assembled with a simple butt joint and a brad nailer.  The cut pine fence boards were stained with dark walnut stain to give them a rustic appearance.

Rustic Country Wedding Decorations

Did I mention, we didn't start building the wedding centerpieces until two weeks before the wedding Nothing like waiting until the last minute.

Etched love hearts on the wooden centerpiece boxes

First I went to PicMonkey to create the love heart graphic and saved a mirror image to transfer onto the boxes. To see how I added the love hearts to the boxes I have detailed step-by-step instructions here in my Glossy Paper Image Transfer Technique tutorial.

Embellish the wooden centerpiece boxes

The possibilities for decorating the boxes are endless. Because the wedding was over an hour away from the nearest floral shop, we had to use artificial wedding flowers. For the centerpiece florals, we used white roses, purple and blue hydrangeas, and lavender. The other elements used in all the wedding decor was burlap, white lace, and peacock feathers.

Handmade Wedding Centerpieces

Each box is filled with two hydrangeas, one white rose, a lace embellished loopy burlap bow, a single peacock feather, and some lavender pearl bead strands.

I was thrilled when we found a package of 10 silver place card holders for a whopping $5 for the table number cards. We didn't use the numbered cards that came with the holders (pictured below). Instead, I made table number cards with a photo of the bride and groom at the corresponding age of the table number. They were quite a hit with guests as they roamed from table to table to view them.

Love Heart Rustic Wooden Centerpiece Boxes

The boxes alone would have looked lost on the guest tables and so we decorated each table with burlap runners and set the rustic boxes on top of DIY Rustic Wooden Table Risers that we made. To illuminate them during the dance, we flanked the boxes with mini mason jars filled with small pebbles and battery operated tealights. They were quite lovely and added rustic country charm on each guest table.

Rustic Wedding Centerpieces DIY

I'm so glad we were able to create unique and rustic centerpieces for the tables on a tight budget. I'm even more impressed that we were able to make them mere weeks before the wedding. Apparently many guests asked the bride and groom who their wedding planner was and I couldn't have been more thrilled with the compliment.

Here are a couple more ideas for rustic wedding decorations on a budget that you may like. We also built this tiered Rustic Wedding Cupcake Stand and a unique Rustic Wedding Card Wooden Caddy.

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DIY Rustic Wedding Centerpiece Boxes

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