“Wine is one of the most civilized things in the world and one of the most natural things of the world that has been brought to the greatest perfection, and it offers a greater range for enjoyment and appreciation than, possibly, any other purely sensory thing.”
― Ernest Hemingway
Wine crates are one of my favorite containers for displaying flowers. They are available for free from most wine stores and come in many different sizes. They can be painted or stained if desired to coordinate with a décor theme. Because of their generous size, they make an imposing centerpiece once filled with flowers.
This wine crate was filled with pots of annual flowers. I ran a string of whimsical dragonfly lights through the flowers to light up the centerpiece for an evening party. Magical! For detailed instructions on how-to, please click here.
This pavé-style centerpiece for a wine and cheese party was filled with 2 dozen marbled roses flanked by wine bottle candle holders. Very chic and stunning yet easy to do. You could take it another step and choose a crate of wines from the same country as the cheeses you are featuring. Detailed instructions here.
Filling a wine crate with dried hydrangeas is an easy way to get a dramatic centerpiece in a few minutes, no water required. Details here.
Painting a wine crate in chalkboard paint allows one to write messages on the sides as I did for this blazing azalea display. This is a creative and versatile option for weddings, showers, graduations and birthday celebrations. Details here.
Another chalkboard paint example where the wine crate becomes a living kitchen herb garden. How-to here
The same chalkboard painted wine crate is repurposed for Thanksgiving and filled with an exuberant display of gourds surrounding a wheat shaft with an inscribed seasonal message. Instructions here. Another seasonal idea would be to fill the crate with potted amaryllis surrounded by greens and pine cones.
I hope you have been inspired to create your own centerpieces with wine crates!
“Give me books, French wine, fruit, fine weather and a little music played out of doors by somebody I do not know.” John Keats