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Fall Centerpiece Ideas

Fall centerpieces add a colorful and festive touch to your table. Whether it is for your dining table, a party, or a banquet there are many options for making a lovely fall arrangement. This is a guide about fall centerpiece ideas.

Autumn leaves, pumpkin, apple, and other elements of a fall centerpiece.
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September 8, 2011 Flag
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I love having centerpieces on my table. You can do it very inexpensively instead of paying outrageous prices but still go for the same look. Go to your yard, park, or along the side of the road, which is where I start. Look for pine cones. I love them and they are free.

If you get them early, they still may be "wet" and you'll need to dry them out. I put mine in a bag. Put in dry place, anywhere where they don't absorb outside moisture. Also, I can examine them for bugs and things that aren't easily seen by your eye. I leave the cones in the bag until they feel dry, just to be really sure nothing has laid eggs or they have bugs (This has only happened one time in my life). You can put them in a sealed baggie if you want to be sure.

Next, I go to the fabric store. I usually go to the aisle where they display the bolts only having a few yards left. You don't have to do this, but the prices are great. I have noticed that the people who sew start a season ahead, just like in magazines.

When buying remnants, you can get enough for a table runner, place mats, or a piece to just fit in the center of table. They always have the latest colors and designs for the season; plaids, different colors, and burlap. it's all there. Fall with its bright oranges and reds. This year, a bright golden yellow was my choice.

Select candles to pick up on one of the colors. You can use all the same color if you like. I'm not a matchy type person, so I like different sizes in the heights. Sometimes I use the round ones. They can be burned later after you disassemble the centerpiece; I use them for looks.

I have picked up a ceramic bowl, where you can put pumpkins at Halloween time (aren't out yet) along with my pine cones. I have it in the center of my table.

I used place mats this year but love changing it up, to brighten it up. It's beautiful with the place mat and a big bowl filled with pine cones and pumpkins. The candles frame it and everyone complements me on how wonderful it looks. You can omit the pine cones and use apples or fruit of several colors matching your table runner, place mat, or center piece of material.

If you do not sew, don't worry. You can purchase the tape that you just iron along the edge. Also I did see some fabric glue you could use, depending on what fabric weight you picked. The burlap is so neat because it comes in so many fall colors now. You can just take out the last few threads on the ends, leaving you with frayed edges.

Note: In my kitchen, a couple new hand towels hanging on the oven door, new oven mitts, and $3.00 rugs gave my kitchen a wonderful fall look.

By Luana M. from San Diego, CA


November 10, 2014 Flag

Fall is coming and pumpkins are everywhere. These mini pumpkin planters are the perfect way to bring some color to your holiday table setting.

Mini Pumpkin Planter

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November 29, 2011 Flag
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This is what I did using some of my remaining flowers from my cornucopia project, I still have some left over!

  1. I purchased this pumpkin from Walmart for about five dollars.
  2. View of pumpkin before starting project.

  3. The first thing I did was remove the stem. I just pulled it right out.
  4. Removing the stem from the pumpkin.

  5. Next I placed the candle on top of the pumpkin and traced around the outside with a pencil. I liked the bigger candle best, but you could use whatever you prefer. With that done, I placed the candle aside and using a knife I cut around my pencil tracing.
  6. Cutting pumpkin along the marked circle.

  7. Next I took a large spoon from my flatware and began scooping out the Styrofoam. Just as you would do on a real pumpkin. I scooped out the amount I needed to push my candle down to the depth I wanted it. This part is completely up to you, but mine was about 2" or so.
  8. Using a spoon to scoop out interior of Styrofoam pumpkin.

  9. Once that was done I simply pushed the candle into the pumpkin and made sure it was even all around.
  10. Putting candle into hollowed out pumpkin.

  11. Finally I took my thrift store flowers and placed them into the very small crevice between the pumpkin and candle. Play with the flowers and place them however you like!
  12. Stryofoam pumpkin with candle and artificial flowers.

  13. This is my centerpiece, but it would also make a great present if your going to be at someone else's home for Thanksgiving.
  14. Styrofoam pumpkin centerpiece with candle lit.

The kids will have a blast helping you too. Fortunately for everyone, most of these items have already been marked down! Remember to never leave a candle lit and unattended.

By Mistie from Baton Rouge, LA


November 3, 2015 Flag
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Here is a simple and colorful way to recycle pine cones into an autumn centerpiece.

finished centerpiece

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October 23, 2008 Flag
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Although the outdoor flowers are dying, you can still use lots of garden items for decoration, inside and out! I like to make fall and winter arrangements in antique milk jugs that I got from auctions of relatives. In one, I have just filled with corkscrew willow.

old milk can with dried arrangement

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October 2, 2008 Flag
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If you wish to use pine cones, seed pods, and the like in your fall arrangements, spread them on a foil covered cookie sheet and put them in the oven to about at hour at 200 degrees F. That will kill any critters that might be hiding inside.

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September 23, 2011 Flag
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I bought a styrofoam pumpkin; the pretty orange ones that look real. I cut off the top, and put in some pretty fall sprigs that I found on sale. I just laid them in, so next year I can change the look if I want.

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October 13, 2010 Flag
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This darling natural centerpiece is quick and easy to make for your lovely celebrations. It would be fabulous also for a group activity that is thrifty but lovely. finished centerpiece

Approximate Time: 1 hour



  1. Gather up some pinecones, acorns, and other outdoor nuts. Put in freezer for a few hours to make sure there are no bugs on them.
  2. Using a bowl trace and cut out a circle from your cardboard. Mine is about 8 inches round.
  3. Coat the cardboard with dark green paint and allow to dry. (About 15 minutes.)
  4. Cut 2 of the 3 inch pieces of foam. Paint them brown with the sponge brush and set aside to dry. (About 10 minutes if lightly painted.)
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  6. (If you are using an already made scarecrow or other item for the center skip this next step.) Take your centerpiece and cut it out and fold it into a triangular shape.

    Cut a piece of 3 inch foam with a serrated edged knife to fit inside the centerpiece. Cut down a skewer to fit inside the foam and leave enough at the bottom to anchor the centerpiece into the brown foam block. See picture. (I cut my skewer about 5 inches.)

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  8. Glue two pieces of the brown foam together. This should look kinda like a bale of hay. When the glue has dried, hot glue it to the center of the green cardboard.
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  10. Put your centerpiece in place and then scatter about the leaves. Glue them down with white glue.
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  12. Add a pumpkin or gourd to the side of the brown piece of foam.
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  14. Add flowers, pine cones, and nuts to the cardboard and glue them down with white glue. Allow them to dry overnight.
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  16. Spray the entire arrangement with spray adhesive and shake on some gold glitter. Allow to dry and set in the center of your table.

This is a great group activity and a very inexpensive way to make a table come alive.

By Gem from VA

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October 21, 2008 Flag
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Updated with photos! Start by carving the pumpkin designs. Glue it to the base. Glue the candle jar on top, first cut off the stem, so the jar will sit flat!

craft pumpkin with fall silk foliage

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September 29, 2004 Flag
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For an easy woodsy centerpiece for your table all you need to do is raid your wood pile or go to the woods and find a cool branch. Using a hole saw, cut a hole the size of a tea candle in the side of your branch.

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October 6, 2000 Flag
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I have just been called upon to make centerpieces for a up and coming church banquet. I need to make fifteen centerpieces and they have to all be under five dollars each! We are going with a fall motif.

I have looked all over the internet craft sites and my magazines at home for ideas. The problem is that nothing is cheap enough. I was hoping my thrifty friends could help me come up with some inexpensive ideas. Have a great day!


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April 23, 20040 found this helpful

I need ideas for my sons First Communion centerpieces. Anyone?

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November 3, 20040 found this helpful

For a fun and creative fall solution, I made wishing willows for my center pieces. I took a terra cotta pot, any color and placed floral foam or any type of styrofoam in it. Then I took a small branch or twig from my trees in the backyard, and stuck it into the foam. I placed moss around the top of the foam and placed decorative leaf notecards on the branch. The purpose of the cards are for the guest to write down their thoughts for the couple, advice or for a birthday party, warm wishes. It was a guest sign-in project and fun center piece all in one. And it cost less than $5.00.

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September 21, 20110 found this helpful

For a Fall accent centerpiece, you can use real leaves, acorns, and a votive candle for each table. Try to get some different color of leaves, You can buy votives, fake leaves & candle holders very cheap at the Dollar Tree too. this would be pretty and cheap too.

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October 23, 2006 Flag
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Carve a small hole, one inch deep, in miniature pumpkins for use as taper candle holders.

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