How to DIY your own treasure chest centerpieces #Decor DIY#crafts#diy centerpiece#non-floral centerpiece#pirates#tutorial Updated Oct 12 2015 (Posted Apr 15 2010) Guest post by Sandy When my partner and I discussed which aspects of the wedding that came with price tags were the highest priority, I knew that the table decor was super high on my list (way higher than the food itself, in fact). I'm a very visual person, and I know that the centerpieces and other objects on the table will be in our guests' fields of vision throughout the entire evening. So this is one of a few aspects of the wedding that we're going all out on (another being the rum-centric, serve-yourself bar my partner is planning). We're seating people 12 per large rectangular table. Table decor will consist of 3 elements: (1) treasure chest centerpieces, (2) mini barrels topped with lanterns, and (3) large amounts of candles. I had purchased the small wooden chests individually on Ebay. Apparently they were really big in the 1970s, but today not so much. We also considered placing those little push-activated, battery operated LED lights under the sheeting to make the treasure glow, but decided against it because we already have a lot of set-up planned and we don't want to send anyone around lifting treasure and pushing lights. Materials: Treasure chests Drink coasters Faux pearls Fake coins Plastic sheeting (for the treasure base) Plastic chalices Rough gems and diamond cut gems Fashion bracelets Heavy duty scissors Hot glue gun and hot glue Step 1: We wanted the treasure to be fixed in place inside the chests, but didn't want to glue items directly to the wood… we also couldn't afford to fill each chest up to the top with treasure. So we picked up a large sheet of textured plastic (intended for the rectangular fluorescent lights you sometimes see in kitchens), and cut it to size with heavy duty scissors to use as the base of the treasure. Related Post A felt succulents tutorial for all your rustic centerpieces, bouquets, and headpieces Are you into succulents and want them to last forever and ever and ever? I've got a DIY project for super easy felt succulents to... Read more Step 2: We also collected a large mix of treasure materials. The most affordable, and therefore most abundant, were pink and purple rough cut plastic "gems" which we used as our first layer. We hot-glued them to the plastic sheets and topped them with diamond-shaped gems and fake coins. Using these cheaper materials as a foundation saved us a lot of money, and I think they look pretty decent when they're in the finished product. In order to get a good fit inside the chest, we placed the treasure base inside when glueing the edge gems. The base sat on little ledges inside some of the chests (with an empty space underneath), and in others we elevated it with styrofoam. Step 3: As we glued, we also incorporated larger items such as strands of faux pearls, fashion bracelets, silver drink coasters and plastic chalices. Step 4: Place the treasure chest masterpieces on your tables with lots o' candles, lanterns, barrels or vintage signs and watch your guests "ooh" and "ahh" your creativity! Guest post written by Sandy In a "past life," Sandy wrote, directed and designed sets/costumes/props for plays with casts of 60-80 kids. She finds planning her and her partner's upcoming DIY pirate-themed wedding to be essentially the same experience, but with a bigger budget. And sharper swords. And rum. http://offbeatbride.ning.com/profile/Sandy PREVIOUS Kristen & Charlie's farmyard, bluegrass, eco, afternoon affair NEXT Custom XKCD wedding dice Show/Hide comments [ 5 ] These are TOO cute! Reply These turned out beautiful! I'm up for any craft that involves hot glue and fake gemstones! Reply These are ridiculously cute! Great job. Looks like your wedding is going to be awesome. Hope to see some more pics. Reply I adore this! Would it be possible to know roughly how much money and time was spent on these? I'm planning a steampunk wedding so piracy and loot play a big part in the theme. Great job! Reply OMG! DO you still have these? Are you willing to sell? Reply Join the conversation Cancel ReplyYour email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *Comment Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. Sign me up for your offbeat awesomeness newsletter! No-drama comment policy Part of what makes the Offbeat Empire different is our commitment to civil, constructive commenting. Make sure you're familiar with our no-drama comment policy. Biz owners & wedding bloggers Please just use your real name in your comment, not your business name or blog title. Our comments are not the place to pimp your website. If you want to promote your stuff on Offbeat Bride, join us as an advertiser instead.