Narrow Centerpiece for a Rustic Table Setting

Are you looking for a simple centerpiece for a dinner party? I have to admit, I like to look at giant show-stopping centerpieces, but when I’m actually sitting at a table those can be really annoying.

Have you ever had to look around the centerpiece to see the person you’re trying to talk to on the other side? It defeats the purpose of sitting down to dinner with friends when the centerpiece is an obstacle instead of a complement to your table.

narrow centerpiece

I have two rules when it comes to a centerpiece:

  1. Below eye level and
  2. Not so big or busy that there’s no place to put plates, glasses, salt and pepper and all the other things you need when you eat.

I’m going to share an easy DIY centerpiece using jars or glasses you can make in just a few minutes. I have a table that is narrow so I have to keep my centerpieces small unless I want my guests to eat on their laps. I’ve used a wood box as a centerpiece and antlers as a centerpiece in the past. This year I used wine glasses to make candle holders and a wood baguette pan. Get the details below.

Rustic DIY Wine Glass Candle Holders

I have a bunch of these very inexpensive wine glasses that I found at a garage sale. They are perfect for small candles, but alone that seemed pretty blah. To jazz them up I used some wool yarn, burlap ribbon and hot glue. You could make these with any glass jar, a mason jar or a jam jar would be perfect.

supplies for wine glass candle

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They take only a few minutes to make, but they add a small detail to the table. I like to keep my tables simple. The supplies you will need are:

Step to Make Rustic Candle Holder

To make these you start with heating up your glue gun. Place a big dab of glue on the glass and press the end of your yarn into the glue. I used a toothpick to avoid burning my fingers. You don’t need to glue all of the yarn down, just your starting point and ending point.

Wrap the glass until it’s about two-thirds covered. Add another dab of glue to the start of the burlap twine. Twist it around on top of the yarn and add a second dab of glue at the end. That’s it!

Next, see how you can use these in your table setting.

How to set a Simple Rustic Table

If you want to set a simple, rustic and classic table, here’s an easy formula.

  • First, use a simple table cloth. This one is a cotton painter’s drop cloth from Home Depot. You can use these straight out of the package and it has a soft rustic feeling. I didn’t iron it, it’s rustic right?
simple rustic table setting
  • Second, use wood on the table in some way. Wood accessories give your table a warm, rustic feeling. I like to use this teak and brass vintage flatware from ETSY. I’ve also used an old wood baguette pan that I found at a flea market (you can find a similar baguette pan at Pottery Barn). The shape is perfect for a narrow table. You can fill a baguette pan with fruit, flowers or candles but it’s nice and narrow. I used faux cotton stems.
simple rustic table setting
  • Third, use candles. Even if you don’t have candle sticks, you can use candles in a glass jar, like the ones we made above.
simple narrow centerpiece
  • Fourth, choose one accent color. Even if you don’t have a lot of dishes, you can use color in napkins, or glassware. It doesn’t have to be a bright color, it can be a muted color. For a rustic feeling, the colors that work well are warmer tones, pinks, browns, orange, red instead of cooler colors which have blue undertones. I’ve used pink because got some pink plates at IKEA.

Hopefully we will all get to go back to having friends for dinner this year. Try setting a simple rustic table and share a picture with me. I’d love to see it.

centerpiece for a narrow table

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  1. Andrea, your simple centerpiece is so warm and inviting. Iโ€™m crushing on that baguette pan. My small kitchen table is round so I also have little space for a centerpiece. I got a giggle out of your, โ€œeat on their lapsโ€ remark, lol! Love how you embellished the stemless wine glasses. Thanks again for hosting!

  2. These are really pretty Andrea, I love the size, they add ambience and elegance without impeding conversion or one’s view. They look lovely sitting in the baguette pan with the faux cotton. Thank you so much for being our hostess, and I hope you have a blessed Thanksgiving!

  3. Love the delicate pink, warm chocolate and neutral color combo on your tablescape. Everything is soft and inviting and the diy votive glasses made an easy, elegant upcycle. I’m going to look for these glasses when I’m out thrifting ๐Ÿ˜‰
    Thank you for hosting the hop and have a wonderful Thanksgiving.

  4. Your table is very pretty. Love the votives you shared today, very creative. Happy Holidays!

  5. Wow, the glow of candlelight is gorgeous! Love the tablescape; were you up on a ladder to get that overhead shot? The pink plates and your grandmother’s dessert cups are so pretty together.

  6. So simple and cozy Andrea! I would have never thought to use yarn to embellish wine glasses as candleholders. Your baguette board makes the perfect narrow centerpiece! Thanks so much for all your organizing efforts. Happy Thanksgiving โ™ฅ

  7. Yes, I think we’ve all had a craft fail or two. The worst is when it happens on a Facebook live lol! Your centerpiece is lovely, Andrea. I’ve never heard of a baguette pan before…what a perfect vessel for your narrow table! I love the simple elegance of your diy votive holders. It all looks relaxed and cozy. Those pink IKEA plates give it a nice feminine touch, too. Thanks for organizing this hop! Pinned ๐Ÿ™‚

  8. Andrea, I love your candle holder idea is brilliant. Love the cost and simplicity. The result was awesome. Thank you so much for hosting. I know your centerpiece will the lovely on your Thanksgiving table.

  9. Andrea, this is lovely–I love the texture the yarn adds! Thanks for organizing the hop, and Happy Thanksgiving! Blessings, Cecilia @My Thrift Store Addiction

  10. Wow Andrea, I really love these. Our next retreat, we should make one of these!!! Wonderful crafting with you, and thanks for organizing.

  11. Andrea, this is beautiful! I know you think you can’t do tablescapes, but you can! I love the glasses wrapped with the wool yarn is very pretty. The texture and color of the yarn adds the rustic feel that coordinates with the wooden baguette pan completes that look. To add the cotton bolls along with the wool yarn is brilliant! Thank you so much for organizing this hop! Wishing you a lovely Thanksgiving!

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