Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Number Centerpiece DIY

Pinterest is probably the best. I'm hooked. As you all know, I've been planning my son's first birthday for a while now and have really turned to Pinterest for inspiration.

A while back I came across a pin from A Smith of all Trades, for a yarn wrapped "S." I was inspired. 

I have known for a while that I wanted to do something with the number 1, since it's a first birthday, and so I decided to make a giant number one for a centerpiece to go on the food table.

Here is how it went down...


  • 1 large box
  • 2  pieces of card stock
  • duct tape
  • Xacto knife or scissors
  • ruler
  • wrapping paper (optional)
  • KRYLON glitter blast spray in "silver flash" (optional)
  • silver paint (optional)

number 1 centerpiece

Step One:

  • draw your number, letter, or whatever onto cardboard. I used an old Costco diaper box.
  • cut out 2 (Xacto knife is easiest)

number 1 centerpiece

Step Two:

  • take your card stock and measure out strips 2 inches wide, this will be the siding and cut it out. 
  • We needed one whole sheet & then smidgen of a 2nd sheet of card stock
  • A Smith of all Trades used a cereal box instead, we don't have any cereal in our house, but we did have tons of card stock left over from making the Confetti Birthday Banner

number 1 centerpiece

Step Three:

  • tape the cardstock to the sides of the number one. 

number 1 centerpiece

Here is a little tip: 

  • I added a little filling to the inside of my number to weight it down so that it wouldn't tip over. This is optional. But it just seemed like a good idea. You can use whatever you have on hand. I just put in a couple of bottles of nail polish ;)

Decorating the Centerpiece:

  • When decorating, you can really do whatever you want. 
  • One idea is to cover it in wrapping paper, or you can do what I did an spray paint it with silver glitter. I just painted over the wrapping paper with silver paint first and then used the KRYLON glitter blast spray in "silver flash."
  • In the 2nd picture you can see that the paint wilted the paper a little, but it seemed to smooth itself out once I sprayed the glitter blast. The reason I chose to cover it in wrapping paper was because the duct tape showed up through the paint and I didn't really like that. I suppose I could've wrapped it it card stock instead and avoided the wilting of the paper, but it turned out fine & pretty smooth in the long run =)
number 1 centerpiece

number 1 centerpiece
(looks a little wrinkly after the paint, but for it smoothed out after the glitter blast spray dried, see pic below)

DIY Number Centerpiece

I hope you enjoyed this tutorial!!!! Good luck with your centerpieces!!


  1. What a cute idea for your son's first birthday celebration! Thanks for linking up at the Weekend Blog Hop at My Flagstaff Home!


  2. Wow the options are endless with this and this awesome DIY project will save some much money! Thanks for joining the Link-It To Me link party, I hope you will party with us again next week!