What to Put on a Wood Slice for a Centerpiece


A wood slice can bring a rustic look to a centerpiece with its bark exterior and unstained appearance or it can be the epitome of refinement if smoothly sanded and stained a deep, rich color. Design your centerpiece based on the type of wood slice you are using, as you want to coordinate the two into one central display.

Rustic Flowers

  • The earthiness of the wood slice becomes dominant in your design as you mix wood-cut flowers with dried ones in your centerpiece. Group three, different-height, glass cylinder vases together in the center of the wood slice and insert spice pillar candles inside each one. Thin-edged ribbons encircle the vases holding the stems of dried flowers standing upright around the glass. Wood-cut flowers peek out between the bottom of the vases as they rest on the wood.

Rustic Fruit

  • Fresh fruit combines with the slice of wood for an autumn centerpiece display. Core several different colored apples, such as red, green and gold, and make an opening large enough to hold a votive candle. When grouped into the center of the wood slice with a cranberry-red, votive candle inserted, the apples become a flickering centerpiece for your table. The addition of pine cones, some evergreen branches or holly leaves dress the display up and incorporates the season.


  • A smooth, cherry-stained slice of wood sits in the center of the table. It contains small candy canes mixed with pink and white glass-cut beads on top arranged in a circle along the perimeter of the wood. In the center of the circle rests one lone flower, the candy cane amaryllis. The flower, aptly named for its pink-and-white-striped petals, has a small water container attached to the stem. Place a glass cake cover over the display to prevent guests from handling the fragile flower.


  • Burn a heart into the wood slice, or the monogram of an engaged couple, for a wedding centerpiece. Arrange small heart-shaped tea light and votive candles around the engraving with the petals of a red or white rose. This becomes a memento or wall plaque after the wedding.

    Or engrave the name, date and time of the birth of a newborn into the wood for a christening centerpiece. Place silver cups on top holding small baby supplies, such as rattles and small, stuffed animals.

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