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How to Make a Centerpiece for a Golf Themed Party

Updated on May 16, 2013

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A golf themed party can be perfect for a myriad of events like showers, engagements, retirement, rehearsal dinners and even a high school golf team banquet. That's were my first experience in coming up with golf themed centerpieces started.

My son was on the golf team for 4 years and every year I volunteered to make the centerpieces for the golf banquet. By the time my daughter got to high school and played golf her 4 years, I had it down to a science. Since then, I have passed along ideas and suggestions to family members and friends over the years that were hosting a golf themed shower, retirement or whatever!

I am including some fun, silly and a bit more elegant ideas for golf themed centerpieces. If you are hosting any type of event that has a golf theme, maybe you will find some ideas your can use!

Lots of photos, including the grass I grew for this project... so keep scrolling!

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Vases Centerpiece - for a Golf Theme

Vases Golf Centerpiece
Vases Golf Centerpiece

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I have loaned out my tall, cylinder vases but was able to find these three round vases to use as an example. They are a little bit larger in diameter than the ones I normally use but you get the idea.

For the smallest vase, I placed about an inch worth of green paper shred in the bottom and then added a bag of golf tees on top. I sprinkled a bit more green shred on top as well.

For the two taller vases, I started with a small amount green shred on the bottom and then added a layer of golf balls on top. I sprinkled some more green shred and continued layering until they were full. Pretty simple, huh? But a wonderful centerpiece for a golf themed party.

5 Golf Themed Centerpieces using Vases & Candle Holders - for any type of party

  1. Fill 3 different height cylinder vases with golf balls and set them on a "golf plaid" napkin or piece of fabric.
  2. Fill 2 different height cylinder vases with golf balls and the 3rd with golf tees. Group on the table with a piece of green fabric or astro-turf and the base.
  3. Choose a clear vase and gather fresh or silk flowers, golf balls and water. Fill the vase with golf balls and then water. Use the the golf balls to hold your fresh or silk flower stems in place.
  4. Place a cut section from astro-turf in the middle of the table (could be square, round, rectangle, kidney -- whatever shape you want.) Place a vase or large floating candle holder (like a fish bowl) in the center filled about with water. Float a candle or bloom from a fresh flower in the water. Place a golf ball and tee in three spots around the bowl and on the astro-turf.
  5. Take 3 of the same style but different height vases and fill them with golf balls. Carefully turn each one upside down in the middle of your table to create a grouping. Place 3 pillar candles on top of the upside down vases and light. (Optional - use LED Candles if you are worried about guests reaching across the flames.)

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Set of 3 Cylinder Vases are very Versatile - What You Fill them with?

Eastland Glass Cylinder Vase Set of 3
Eastland Glass Cylinder Vase Set of 3

These cylinder vases will come in handy for a golf centerpiece as well as a ton of other options (like floating candles on the mantle.)

You can use water, colored water, floating candles, flowers or greenery or fill them with objects like golf balls, tees, Christmas ornaments, (colored) sand, or a host of other items, depending on your party theme.

 

This Bag of Tees is Perfect for a Golf Centerpiece - FORE!

INTECH Golf Tee 2 3/4" 500 Pack (White)
INTECH Golf Tee 2 3/4" 500 Pack (White)

White, wood or assorted colors, golf tees are a perfect addition to your centerpiece. Stick them in foam or grass standing up with a golf ball hot glued on top.

Fill a vase or container or use them like confetti and sprinkle them around your centerpiece. However you use them is perfect for a golf themed party!

 

Mix It Up!

Remember, it is a lot more eye pleasing to have a mixture of different centerpieces rather than a

"sea of likeness."

Different height centerpieces help draw the eye around the room. You could choose 3 designs you like and divide them among the guest tables and/or set them around the room/area where the party is taking place.

This is an easy and fast way to make centerpieces. It's colorful, has golf elements like the bag, ball, flag, green, etc... and will fit nicely on most any size table.

Fill it with green shred and then add a golf item or two like:

* Flag stick (pin),

* Foam golf balls

* Tees

* Ball markers

or whatever else you would like.

Simple, quick and easy. We all love that!

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Golf Centerpieces without a Vase - Simple, Quick and Easy Centerpieces

  1. Get a few golf themed die cut favor boxes (see one below). Add some green shred to fill it up and make a pin flag out of felt and crafting dowel rods (or wood skewer) to stick up out of it with a table number, name, birthday number (50th, 16th, 5th, etc...).
  2. Get some old golf clubs from eBay, Goodwill, yard sales or wherever. Cut them off at a couple of inches above the club head. using a hand held tube cutter (that's how they shorten shafts at the Golf Pro Shops).

    Remember, "Woods" (the clubs with the large heads) will sit by themselves on a level surface. A lot of putters will work too. However, most "irons" won't since they don't have a big enough base to them.

    These can be used as part of a centerpiece grouping or, place a flower in the hosel for a golfing vase.

  3. Fill a wire basket with golf balls (simulates Range Balls on a Driving Range). Use 2 skewers to make a banner with your message (e.g. Par-tee, 19th Hole, Hole-in-One, etc...) Stick a skewer in each side of your basket letting your banner float above the golf balls in the basket.

Golf Hole Centerpiece Craft
Golf Hole Centerpiece Craft

Ingredients

  • 1 - 10" x 1" piece of craft foam
  • 2 - 9' x 12" sheets sticky back Kelly Green Felt
  • Blue
  • Tan
  • Lime Green & Yellow Felt (can be scraps if you have them)
  • Wooden Skewer
  • 2 - Ball top straight pins in matching color (mine are blue)
  • Glue Gun
  • Scissors

Instructions

  1. Picture Steps below:
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Picture Steps for "Golf Hole" as a Centerpiece - Kid Friendly Craft Centerpiece for Father's Day, Birthday, Retirement...

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10" x 1" piece of craft foam laid on top of the back stick of Kelly Green sticky back felt. The sides will stick out farther than the felt but don't worry about that now. Trace around the circle where it comes in contact with the felt backing.Back of the green sticky felt with the circle drawnApply the sticky back green felt to the top of the foam circle. Now, cut out enough 1" pieces of the sticky felt to place on the sides of the foam circle. Peel the backing and place all your felt on the foam circle.I had some scrap felt I could use for various features of the golf hole. I used tan, blue, lime green and yellow.Layout your golf hole anyway you want -- there is no right or wrong. I cut wavy pieces for the different elements of the hole.Here you can see them labeled and where I will hot glue them in place. Lay them out first to make sure you are happy with them, prior to hot gluing. Also, it only takes a few dots of hot glue. No need to get carried away.I painted a wooden skewer white and then broke it at the height I wanted my flag to be. I cut a double thickness of a pennant style flag from the yellow felt, taking care it was on the fold at the widest point. This allows you to wrap the flag aroundHere it is! All finished!Close up of the green and pin (flag).
10" x 1" piece of craft foam laid on top of the back stick of Kelly Green sticky back felt. The sides will stick out farther than the felt but don't worry about that now. Trace around the circle where it comes in contact with the felt backing.
10" x 1" piece of craft foam laid on top of the back stick of Kelly Green sticky back felt. The sides will stick out farther than the felt but don't worry about that now. Trace around the circle where it comes in contact with the felt backing.
Back of the green sticky felt with the circle drawn
Back of the green sticky felt with the circle drawn
Apply the sticky back green felt to the top of the foam circle. Now, cut out enough 1" pieces of the sticky felt to place on the sides of the foam circle. Peel the backing and place all your felt on the foam circle.
Apply the sticky back green felt to the top of the foam circle. Now, cut out enough 1" pieces of the sticky felt to place on the sides of the foam circle. Peel the backing and place all your felt on the foam circle.
I had some scrap felt I could use for various features of the golf hole. I used tan, blue, lime green and yellow.
I had some scrap felt I could use for various features of the golf hole. I used tan, blue, lime green and yellow.
Layout your golf hole anyway you want -- there is no right or wrong. I cut wavy pieces for the different elements of the hole.
Layout your golf hole anyway you want -- there is no right or wrong. I cut wavy pieces for the different elements of the hole.
Here you can see them labeled and where I will hot glue them in place. Lay them out first to make sure you are happy with them, prior to hot gluing. Also, it only takes a few dots of hot glue. No need to get carried away.
Here you can see them labeled and where I will hot glue them in place. Lay them out first to make sure you are happy with them, prior to hot gluing. Also, it only takes a few dots of hot glue. No need to get carried away.
I painted a wooden skewer white and then broke it at the height I wanted my flag to be. I cut a double thickness of a pennant style flag from the yellow felt, taking care it was on the fold at the widest point. This allows you to wrap the flag around
I painted a wooden skewer white and then broke it at the height I wanted my flag to be. I cut a double thickness of a pennant style flag from the yellow felt, taking care it was on the fold at the widest point. This allows you to wrap the flag around
Here it is! All finished!
Here it is! All finished!
Close up of the green and pin (flag).
Close up of the green and pin (flag).

Centerpiece Grass

Did you know you can grow your own grass centerpiece in a week to 10 days? Yup, if you have a week or two prior to your party, place potting soil in your centerpiece containers. Liberally sprinkle wheat or rye grass seeds (they grow the fastest) on top. Then add a thin layer of potting soil on top.

It will spring up with grass and you can add a Flag stick, golf ball and/or tee to give it the golf theme!

Growing My Rye Grass

Growing My Rye Grass
Growing My Rye Grass

Golf Grass Centerpiece - Fun and Original

Grass Golf Centerpieces
Grass Golf Centerpieces

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This golf centerpiece is made with 4 square, glass candle holders. Place them in a tight group to form 1 larger square. I floated two disc style floating candles in two of the holders.

For the other two holders, you need grass. Whether you grow your own in your containers or use astro-turf. Place a golf ball on top. Or, you can stick a golf tee into the grass, add a dab of hot glue on the top and place a golf ball on top.

I added a green, blue & yellow plaid ribbon wrapped around the middle of the grouped square of holders for a bit of color.

You could also add a flag pin in the center of the 4 vases with a table number or message. There are tons of possibilities here!

Golf Ball Planter - Or Candy Dish, Centerpiece, Tee Holder...

Large Ceramic Golf Ball Container - Use as a Planter, Candy Dish or Gift Basket!
Large Ceramic Golf Ball Container - Use as a Planter, Candy Dish or Gift Basket!

This golf ball planter can be used for the real grass centerpiece, to hold tees as favors for your guests or stuff it full of green shred and place a flag, tees or golf balls in it.

Lots of possibilities for this one!

 

Ball Marker Confetti

You can "sprinkle" ball markers around any centerpiece to liven it up and add another golf element to your decor!

Encourage your guests to take some home with them at then end of the party. Markers make a great party favor.

Golf Ball Markers as Confetti - for your Golf Centerpiece

ProActive Ball Markers (24/pk)
ProActive Ball Markers (24/pk)

These cute little golf accessories make original and unique table "confetti".

Sprinkle them around your centerpiece and after the party have your guests take some home!

 
Unique Centerpiece for golf theme
Unique Centerpiece for golf theme

Come Up With Your Own Unique Centerpiece

Look around the House!

Another great way to come up with unique golf centerpieces or décor to use in vignettes, is to look around the house.

Do you have...

* a favorite centerpiece bowl?

* a set of candle holders you love?

* heirloom (family) silver?

* collection of glassware like Fostoria or Depression glass?

Use golf themed items in addition to the décor you already have and your centerpiece will be unique!

If you have a golfer in the family, raid his/her golf supplies for gloves, golf balls, tees, golf shoes, divot tools, ball markers, golf hats (Titleist, Callaway, Ping...), golf umbrella, etc... Place them around your party room in little vignettes or as centerpieces on your buffet table, cake table, drink station, gift table and more. This will add to the overall theme.

Using real items as décor is a lot of fun and can make it much cheaper!

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Another Centerpiece Idea - from a Professional Event Planner

Moss Runner for Your Table - Resembles Grass

Super Moss 22430 All Purpose Moss Mat Runners, Instant Green
Super Moss 22430 All Purpose Moss Mat Runners, Instant Green

This is a cool item I've used before for a golf theme. The moss runner is 18" wide and 48" long. It's perfect as a base for your gift, cake, buffet or dessert table. It resembles close cut, real grass like on a golf green.

Simply roll it out, add a few tees and golf balls, shoes or glove in strategic areas and you have an awesome, low profile golf centerpiece. It can also be cut or torn to use wherever you want.

 

Golf Ball Candles - What a Cute Idea for a Golf Themed Party

Set of 4 Hand Poured Solid Beeswax Golf Ball Votive Candles in IVORY - 100% Beeswax Candles by Toadily Handmade
Set of 4 Hand Poured Solid Beeswax Golf Ball Votive Candles in IVORY - 100% Beeswax Candles by Toadily Handmade

This set of 4 golf ball candles are so cute! Use them in the putting cup above or in a different candle holder.

The are a wee bit smaller than the standard golf ball but they do fit perfectly in most votive candle holders. They will burn for close to 6 hours and are unscented.

 

One more Look at the Ideas in Photos

Let's take one last look at the ideas for golf themed party centerpieces in photos.

Maybe it will spark a new idea for you!

Recap of Centerpiece Suggestions - for a Golf Themed Party

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Round vase filled with golf balls and green shred sitting atop astro-turf. Two 3/8" dowels and twine act as holders for the pennant flags with the word "FORE"Golf vignette consisting of a vase filled with golf balls, a golf shoe & glove and an Ian Poulter headcover.Three containers turned upside down (2 with golf balls, 1 with tees) with a plaid fabric circle and candle on topSmall round container filled with tees and a few golf balls turned upside down to form a base for plaid fabric and a candle.4 small, square candle holders snug up against one another to form a larger square. 2 have floating candles, two have grass with golf balls on top. A plaid ribbon is strung around the grouping.Another view from the top.Close up of small vase with shred and tees.
Round vase filled with golf balls and green shred sitting atop astro-turf. Two 3/8" dowels and twine act as holders for the pennant flags with the word "FORE"
Round vase filled with golf balls and green shred sitting atop astro-turf. Two 3/8" dowels and twine act as holders for the pennant flags with the word "FORE"
Golf vignette consisting of a vase filled with golf balls, a golf shoe & glove and an Ian Poulter headcover.
Golf vignette consisting of a vase filled with golf balls, a golf shoe & glove and an Ian Poulter headcover.
Three containers turned upside down (2 with golf balls, 1 with tees) with a plaid fabric circle and candle on top
Three containers turned upside down (2 with golf balls, 1 with tees) with a plaid fabric circle and candle on top
Small round container filled with tees and a few golf balls turned upside down to form a base for plaid fabric and a candle.
Small round container filled with tees and a few golf balls turned upside down to form a base for plaid fabric and a candle.
4 small, square candle holders snug up against one another to form a larger square. 2 have floating candles, two have grass with golf balls on top. A plaid ribbon is strung around the grouping.
4 small, square candle holders snug up against one another to form a larger square. 2 have floating candles, two have grass with golf balls on top. A plaid ribbon is strung around the grouping.
Another view from the top.
Another view from the top.
Close up of small vase with shred and tees.
Close up of small vase with shred and tees.

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Have/Are You Hosting a Golf Themed Party or Shower? - Which is your favorite golf centerpiece idea?

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    • Sylvestermouse profile image

      Cynthia Sylvestermouse 3 years ago from United States

      I absolutely love your creativity! All of these centerpieces are aw!esome

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      TheToyStore 4 years ago

      What a really fun idea and great centerpiece suggestions!

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      BuckHawkcenter 4 years ago

      Oh, wow! What a great centerpiece this is! Now I need an excuse to have a party and use this one. Well, I don't really need an excuse to have a themed party - so off I go to plan one!