How to Make a Centerpiece for a Baptism


A baptism can be strictly interpreted as any religious ceremony involving a water ritual; however, baptisms are commonly associated with Christian ceremonies. A homemade centerpiece for a baptism celebration needs to reflect the religious nature of the event. For the best results, use a cheerful angelic theme that's simple to create and appropriate for an infant or adult baptism. Not only will the homemade decoration add a personal touch, it costs less to do it yourself than to purchase a similar item from a store.

Things You'll Need

  • Plastic plant pot 1 foot tall
  • White spray paint
  • Gold paint pen
  • Small gold decorative stones
  • 24 artificial white carnations
  • Measuring tape
  • Gold ribbon 2 inches wide
  • Clear glitter
  • Cover a large, clean plastic plant pot with white spray paint, inside and out, and let dry as directed on the paint label.

  • Draw simple angel silhouettes around the outside of the pot with a pencil. Go over each silhouette with a gold paint pen and let dry as directed on the paint label. You can also use angel stencils, stamps or stickers to decorate the pot.

  • Pour enough small gold stones into the pot to fill it three-fourths full. Cut the stems on each artificial carnation 1 1/2 feet long. Slide a carnation into the middle of the pot, pushing it through the stones to the bottom. Repeat the process with the remaining flowers to create a round bouquet emerging from the pot.

  • Measure the diameter of the pot's rim. Cut a piece of ribbon twice the length of the measurement. Wrap the cut ribbon around the top of the pot again and tie it in a large bow in front.

  • Pull the tails of the bow down and cut them even. Trim the bottom of each tail with an inward angle cut to create a crisp and professional appearance.

  • Place the centerpiece in the middle of the table. Sprinkle a pinch of clear glitter over the decoration to give the flowers an "angelic" sparkle.

Tips & Warnings

  • Any artificial white flowers are suitable replacements for the carnations, including roses, daisies, orchids and lilies.
  • Customize the centerpiece for a baby girl's baptism by adding a few pink flowers to the arrangement. Customize the creation for a baby boy by adding a few blue flowers.
  • Print out a simple angel silhouette from an online search if you're worried about freehand drawing. Trace the angel silhouette repeatedly until you feel confident enough to draw it on the pot.
  • Skip the decorative rocks if you want to use fresh flowers for the centerpiece. Place a plastic liner in the pot and fill it with water or water-retaining floral foam to keep the flowers from wilting during the celebration.
  • Always use spray paint in a well-ventilated area and wear a face mask to avoid inhaling fumes.

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