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DIY: Photo Centerpieces

By Katy Sommerfeld

So, you got your print photographs digitized? Good for you! You made the best decision to preserve the sweetest and most precious memories you have by making digital copies that will last forever. Now that you’ve got your digitized photos, what can you do with the originals? It feels wrong to throw them away, but you don’t want to keep them sitting in a box for the rest of your life, either. If you have gotten your print photos digitized and are wondering what you can do with the originals, we have some great ideas for creating simple and elegant centerpieces that will have your next event or family dinner looking absolutely stunning. 

Photo Vase Centerpiece

This centerpiece is elegant and so easy to recreate. You can personalize this centerpiece as well by using different materials to fill the vase if desired. 

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • Medium or large flower vase
  • Print photos you want to display
  • White candles that can fit inside your case
  • Small wood sticks (you can find these at most craft stores)
  • Strings of faux pearls or twinkling fairy lights

Step one

Place the wood sticks vertically in your vase so that they cover the bottom of the vase and form a platform for the candle. Put a photo of your choice between the vase and the wood sticks so that you can view the image. 

Step two

Tie the string of pearls or twinkling fairy lights around the top of the vase so that the strands circle the vase around a few times. 

Candlelit Photo Centerpiece

This DIY makes a gorgeous, glowing centerpiece, perfect for an summer evening!


  • Photos of your choosing
  • Vellum paper
  • Laser or inkjet printer
  • Scissors
  • Tape
  • One large vase and one small vase
  • One candle

Step one

Print your photos onto vellum paper using a printer that has a “draft” or “quick” setting. The draft setting will prevent your printer from using too much ink on the vellum paper, reducing the likelihood of smearing. Print your photos on “letter” size so that you can fit multiple pictures on the surface of the large vase. 

Step two

Create a layout for your photos inside the large vase. You want to make sure your photos don’t overlap one another, but you also don’t want to leave any gaps where the vase is not covered by photographs. You may need to trim photos in order to make them fit well in the vase. Use transparent tape to keep the photos in place.

Step three

 Put a candle into the smaller vase, and then put that smaller vase inside the larger vase. The smaller vase will prevent the heat or wax from the candle from reaching the vellum paper. 

That’s all it takes to create this photo centerpiece that glows like a beautiful candle!

Vintage Mason Jar Photo Centerpiece

This super easy DIY makes a lovely, vintage-looking centerpiece that brings your black and white photos to new life. 

Materials needed:

  • Quart-sized mason jar with lid
  • 4x6 print black and white photograph, trimmed to fit inside the mason jar
  • Vegetable oil
  • Dried flowers
  • Twine

Step one

Insert your photograph into the mason jar. Pour enough vegetable oil into the mason jar so that the oil covers the photo completely. Put some of the dried flowers into the mason jar on the opposite side of the photo. Put the lid on the mason jar.

Step two

Tie a bow using the twine around the rim of the mason jar. If you want, you can tie more dried flowers into this bow to make it look even prettier. 

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