How to Make a Centerpiece for a Baptism

Updated April 17, 2017

A baptism can be strictly interpreted as any religious ceremony involving a water ritual; however, baptisms are commonly associated with Christian ceremonies. A homemade centrepiece for a baptism celebration needs to reflect the religious nature of the event. For the best results, use a cheerful angelic theme that's simple to create and appropriate for an infant or adult baptism. Not only will the homemade decoration add a personal touch, it costs less to do it yourself than to purchase a similar item from a store.

Cover a large, clean plastic plant pot with white spray paint, inside and out, and let dry as directed on the paint label.

Draw simple angel silhouettes around the outside of the pot with a pencil. Go over each silhouette with a gold paint pen and let dry as directed on the paint label. You can also use angel stencils, stamps or stickers to decorate the pot.

Pour enough small gold stones into the pot to fill it three-fourths full. Cut the stems on each artificial carnation 1 1/2 feet long. Slide a carnation into the middle of the pot, pushing it through the stones to the bottom. Repeat the process with the remaining flowers to create a round bouquet emerging from the pot.

Measure the diameter of the pot's rim. Cut a piece of ribbon twice the length of the measurement. Wrap the cut ribbon around the top of the pot again and tie it in a large bow in front.

Pull the tails of the bow down and cut them even. Trim the bottom of each tail with an inward angle cut to create a crisp and professional appearance.

Place the centrepiece in the middle of the table. Sprinkle a pinch of clear glitter over the decoration to give the flowers an "angelic" sparkle.


Any artificial white flowers are suitable replacements for the carnations, including roses, daisies, orchids and lilies. Customise the centrepiece for a baby girl's baptism by adding a few pink flowers to the arrangement. Customise the creation for a baby boy by adding a few blue flowers. Print out a simple angel silhouette from an online search if you're worried about freehand drawing. Trace the angel silhouette repeatedly until you feel confident enough to draw it on the pot.


Skip the decorative rocks if you want to use fresh flowers for the centrepiece. Place a plastic liner in the pot and fill it with water or water-retaining floral foam to keep the flowers from wilting during the celebration. Always use spray paint in a well-ventilated area and wear a face mask to avoid inhaling fumes.

Things You'll Need

  • Plastic plant pot 1 foot tall
  • White spray paint
  • Gold paint pen
  • Small gold decorative stones
  • 24 artificial white carnations
  • Measuring tape
  • Gold ribbon 2 inches wide
  • Clear glitter
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A writer since 2000, Aya Pauli has covered a variety of topics including food, fashion, beauty, health, parenting, education, decor and crafts. Her award-winning recipes have been published in food magazines such as "Taste of Home," and she is also the author of a salad cookbook. Pauli's craft projects appear in major manufacturer websites, including Dow Styrofoam. She also holds a CDA in early childhood education and works as a preschool teacher in Wyoming.