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DIY: Easy Flowers & Candy Centerpiece

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cute baby shower centerpiece idea

Here’s a fun centerpiece idea from a baby shower that I styled a while back (photo gallery here)…  These are soooo easy to whip out once you have all the elements in front of you – and can easily be tailored to match any paper pattern & color palette!

This design is also a great option for quick & affordable “mass” production due to the minimal amount of fresh flowers and candy that you actually need per centerpiece. (Most of the pot is filled with floral foam; there’s just a small layer of candy to cover it.)

cute baby shower centerpiece idea

And to help tie these in with the rest of your party, you can make additional “paper flowers” in smaller sizes to use as cupcake toppers OR a mix of small & large flowers to create an entire “flower bed” cake topper!

Find all the DIY details + free word label downloads below! 



You’ll need:
decorative paper – ideally with 2-sided printing
3″ circle punch
word labels (download below)
white lollipop stick
plant pot
floral foam + 2 floral picks*
filler candy
2 individual flowers
scissors and glue dots (or hot glue)

optional: beaded curtain strands or pretty ribbon for embellishment

1. Make the paper flowers: Punch out circles for the tops and cut out simple leaf shapes. Glue both pieces to the lollipop stick to create the “flower”. The paper used here is Boughs of Whimsy by Whimsy Press.

2. Print & trim out the “word labels”. Create the white border on the labels by leaving a little white space around the edge of the label when trimming it out. I’ve included free downloads in various colors for BABY/GIRL, BABY/BOY, and BRIDE/LOVE at the bottom of this post.

3. Fill the pot with floral foam, making sure the fit is snug. Fill 2 floral picks with water and add a flower to each of them. Insert them into the floral foam near the edge of the pot so that they kind of “spill out” of one side.

4. Insert a paper flower into the foam, then hide the foam and floral picks with a layer of your candy. (I used red licorice wheels & red gumballs at this baby shower.)

5. Decorate the pot with ribbon or strands from a beaded curtain, as pictured here. (If you use beaded curtain strands you’ll have tons of leftover strands to use for napkin rings, hanging decor, etc!)

cute baby shower centerpiece idea

*In lieu of the floral picks, you can sometimes just wet the floral foam to keep the flowers fresh. However, this will only work with certain types of filler candy because the wetness from the foam can make some types of candy coating start to bleed (i.e. m&ms, gumballs).



Click on a link to download:

BABY/GIRL in Pink & Red

BABY/BOY in Navy & Light Blue

BRIDE/LOVE in Pink & Red

BRIDE/LOVE in Navy & Light Blue


P.S. The blue tags (baby boy or bride) would coordinate well with these double-sided papers by Whimsy Press: Hydrangea & Snow Birds

{Photography by: Jillian Bisinger}

By |2018-10-05T14:56:09+00:00July 19th, 2010|Free Printables, Party Decor Projects|

About the Author:

Jennifer Sbranti is the founder of Hostess with the Mostess®, a creative living and party planning resource established in 2006. She lives in Northern California with her husband, Sonny, and daughters Macy (8) and Rylie (6). Sbranti’s work has been featured in media outlets such as Good Morning America, The Today Show, Real Simple, People, InStyle Weddings, and Extra! TV. She has designed creative content and unique live events for several well-respected brands, including Mattel, Coca-Cola, The Hershey Company, Toys”R”Us, Pottery Barn Kids, and Starbucks.


  1. Bea @ CancunCookies July 19, 2010 at 6:05 pm

    These are great! Thanks for the idea and the free downloads…

  2. Chaukeisia July 19, 2010 at 7:20 pm

    Thank you. I think I will use this idea for a baby shower I have to do.

  3. Alaynah Boyd July 19, 2010 at 7:32 pm

    This looks so adorable, easy, and not too expensive! Love it. Thanks for the great idea!

  4. Courtney @ Pizzazzerie July 19, 2010 at 7:56 pm

    Beautiful as always Jen! Love the bright color!

  5. Holly of So Chic Decor July 19, 2010 at 8:26 pm

    These are so cute!! I love the colors!

  6. ashley July 19, 2010 at 9:20 pm

    Love this! I love your page.. always get inspired!!! =)

  7. Bird July 20, 2010 at 12:23 am

    Sooo pretty!! :)

    I can see this popping up on soooooo many parties!! :)

  8. Bird July 20, 2010 at 12:44 am

    Oh, the rss is working again!! :D

  9. [email protected] July 20, 2010 at 6:34 am

    These are great! Always love your ideas!

  10. [email protected] July 20, 2010 at 8:04 am

    Love the red and pink color combo! These are adorable!

  11. Anto July 20, 2010 at 8:51 am

    Super cool idea and great plant pot! Where did you find that?

  12. Jenn @ HWTM July 20, 2010 at 9:00 am

    Anto – The pots are from IKEA. I bought them last October but I think they were only $2-$3 each. Gotta love that place! :)

  13. Sandra July 20, 2010 at 7:02 pm

    You always have the greatest baby shower ideas!
    Thanks for the free downloads!

  14. Suzzi January 30, 2011 at 10:41 am

    Hey, could you tell me what the font is used for “flowers” as well as “Candy” in the post title?

    • jenn s. January 31, 2011 at 10:00 am

      It’s called “JFFerrule” :)

  15. Lamb May 27, 2011 at 12:52 pm

    You had me at candy ;)
    I especially love the super-cute rolled licorice!

    If you get a chance tonight, I’d love for you to link this up to my Not “Baaad” blog hop. There’s a weekly award for the best post!

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