Copycat Lemon And Eucalyptus Candle Centerpiece

May 11, 2020

vintage wooden tool box faux eucalyptus leaves garland juniper lemons

Let me start off by saying that I love Kirkland's. Always have, always will. But as a DIY home decor blogger there are certain things they, and others, sell that I KNOW I can make for less! It was with this in mind that I agreed to participate in a Spring Nesting Blog Hop hosted by my friend Cecilia from My Thrift Store Addiction. If you're here from Lora B. Create & Ponder, welcome! I knew I could make a lovely spring centerpiece with a vintage twist that could give Kirkland's a run for their money. Stick around to the end and you'll see just how I accomplished it!

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farmhouse kitchen table eucalyptus and lemon centerpiece wooden box

Case in point: I fell in love with Kirkland's Lemon and Eucalyptus Candle Centerpiece, just not with the price tag ($54.99). I knew I had the ways and means for a DIY version so this spring blog hop challenge was the perfect opportunity for me to go ahead and just do it.

Buffalo Bolt Co. vintage wooden tool box centerpiece greens lemons living room coffee table

While I didn't use glass hurricanes for my version, I still used candles -- the LED kind. They're versatile and so easy to use -- just set them to turn on at any given moment and they'll turn off 6 hours later. It's like magic, I kid you not. I have these things set up all over my house. 

My faux greens are a mix of lamb's ear and eucalyptus. I got the faux lemons at Goodwill a few years ago. You can also get faux lemons at Dollar Tree in packs of three for a dollar.

white couch Ikea pink pillow covers garland centerpiece faux lemons

white slipcovered couch farmhouse living room wooden tool box coffee table centerpiece

The new centerpiece replaced the ironstone pitcher with faux tulips I created when I put together my Modern Farmhouse Living Room Spring Refresh. 

While I still love that arrangement (now sitting on our farmhouse kitchen sideboard), I'm happy with the lemons for now. Also, they go perfectly with my newly decorated spring dining room!  

illuminated LED candles rustic wooden tool box coffee table centerpiece

I wish I could get a good picture of this centerpiece while the candles are lit. I had to turn on a lamp just to get this one. You can't really tell so much here but I swear that when the candles are the only light in the room they create a super warm and cozy glow.

vintage wooden tool box faux eucalyptus leaves garland juniper lemons

faux lemons lambs ear juniper sprigs

How To Make A Copycat Lemon And Eucalyptus Centerpiece

1. Start with your vessel. In my case it was a vintage wooden tool box. Wooden dough bowls would work equally as well.

wooden tool box flower arrangement tupperware

2. Depending on the depth of your vessel, you might need to find something around the house to add height to the arrangement. I used 3 upside down tupperware containers. Clearly no need to be fancy since no one will see. 

Kraft Macaronit & Cheese Thick 'n Creamy box

Yup, I used this too.

LED candles wood cutting board handle

3. It turned out I needed even more inserts to get the candles to the right height, so I added two more items on top of the tupperware: a Kraft Macaroni & Cheese box -- can you tell I have teenagers lol (like I said, no one's gonna see it!) and a wooden cutting board on top of that. Again, it all depends on the size and shape of your container as well as the height of your candles and how much greenery you have to work with. You can also use floral foam if you prefer. I just didn't have enough on hand and wasn't going to go out to shop for it. Plus using what you already have is resourceful and saves money!

I placed the cutting board on top of the Kraft box which was on top of the plastic containers . . . . .

Led candles wooden cutting board riser centerpiece wooden box

4. Once your risers are inserted and your candles are placed where you want them, it's time to add some greenery.

vintage wooden tool box LED candles eucalyptus garland

5. I started by loosely wrapping my eucalyptus garland around the candle arrangement inside the toolbox. I got the garland from Hobby Lobby for 50% off last year. 

frosted juniper berry picks

faux eucalyptus lambs ear frosted leaves white berry picks

6. Continue adding whatever greens you have on hand, layering as you go. I used faux juniper berry sprigs as well as leafy greens with white berries and plain lambs ear picks. I love the glitter/sparkly  effect on some of the leaves. So pretty!

 Here's the centerpiece just before I placed the lemons in it. 

frosted faux leaves lemons

Those lemons do add such a fabulous pop of color.  

vintage wooden tool box Buffalo Bolt. Co. faux eucalyptus leaves garland juniper lemons

And here's the final product. So spring-y with those brightly colored lemons added! I love it. And I made it for way less than $54.99. It felt really good to create this centerpiece -- I haven't attempted a copycat DIY project in what seems like a really long time. So thank you, Cecilia, for bringing me into this spring nesting blog hop fold. It got my creative juices flowing and now I get the benefits of seeing this bright and cheerful centerpiece in my spring farmhouse living room every day!   

Lemon and Eucalyptus Candle Centerpiece Supply List

Wooden Tool Box Planter (s) (Set of 3)
Galvanized Tin Kitchen Caddy
Faux Lemons
Eucalyptus Garland
Lambs Ear
Juniper Berry Picks
White Berry Spray

Now be sure to hop on over and visit Judith at Botanic Bleu and see what lovely spring ideas she has for your porch and deck!

spring nesting blog hop photo collage

Then be sure to check out all the great spring nesting ideas from my other talented blogger friends who participated in the hop, linked right below!

Well, that's it for today, friends!

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My thrift store addiction said...

This is lovely, Kathleen--you know I love a thrifty copycat! I often use household items to add height too! Pinned! Blessings, Cecilia @My Thrift Store Addiction

Lora Bloomquist said...

Great springy centerpiece, Kathleen! I'm drooling over that amazing tool caddy with the awesome graphics. They do make wonderful centerpieces! I like your version better than the $50 one!

The Crowned Goat said...

This is gorgeous Kathleen! You totally nailed it! I swear I walk into Hobby Lobby and Kirklands all the time and see ideas they've "borrowed" from fellow bloggers. This one is fantastic and perfect for Spring and Summer too! Hugs, CoCo

Calypso In The Country said...

You did a beautiful job and I like yours even better than your inspiration piece! Great tips funny how we all use things from around our house to add height. This makes a perfect centerpiece for spring! Great hopping with you.
Stay well,

Linda @ Itsy Bits And Pieces said...

You did a wonderful job getting the look you want with what you had, Kathleen! I like yours better than the original, too...great job!

Paula@SweetPea said...

I love this idea! I struggle with what to put on my coffee table for summer and this idea will be perfect.

Jemma@athomewithjemma said...

Good Morning Kathleen!
So great to Spring Hop with you and meet you too!
I love this centerpiece and I am always a fan of lemons too.
Great tips on how to add height without having to invest in more stuff...Love!

The Tattered Pew said...

Kathleen I love this copycat centerpiece! You did such a great job... I think I like yours better than the original. The LED candles are so smart as well. Pinned it!

Botanic Bleu said...

All of us have a few tricks up our sleeves for creating centerpieces. If you take a store-bought centerpiece apart, you will very likely find some filler at the base. hahaha...

Your centerpiece looks lovely, and no one can see the bases beneath the greenery.

Thanks for the shout-out,


Junkchiccottage said...

This is thrifty and so pretty Kathleen. Your centerpiece is fabulous.
Perfect for Spring and Summer.
Have a great week.

Kathy said...

You are a woman after my own heart. I can't imagine paying those outrageous prices for a "storebought" arrangement. Plus you will reuse those elements, probably for years in so many ways. One of these days, I am going to have to buy some of those candles; I can go to bed and if forget them, I'm still OK!

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