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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
This is what I did using some of my remaining flowers from my cornucopia project, I still have some left over!
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
Fall is coming and pumpkins are everywhere. These mini pumpkin planters are the perfect way to bring some color to your holiday table setting.
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.
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.
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.
Here is a simple and colorful way to recycle pine cones into an autumn centerpiece.
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.
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!
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.
Carve a small hole, one inch deep, in miniature pumpkins for use as taper candle holders.
Mums can be very easy to work with, and fall pumpkins make fun accessories for mums. The easiest thing to do is to create an arrangement of fresh flowers, place them in a jar of water, and place this jar inside the pumpkin...
A mini-pumpkin at each place, with a place card against it makes a festive table setting.
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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!
For thrifty fall centerpieces I have gone to the grocery store and purchased small pumpkins and/or gourds and placed them in the center of the table with some colorful leaves. If the trees have already changed in your area, you can go outside and pick up a variety of leaves in different colors and then place them in the center of the table in a circle and place the small pumpkins on top, leaving the leaves sticking out. These are colorful and you can usually get the mini pumpkins for under a dollar. IF the leaves have not changed color yet, then you can go to a craft store and purchase a package of fall leaves and then cut them into smaller pieces to use under your pumpkins.
Amy - Charlotte, NC
If there's a dollar store in your area, pick up candles...in any "harvest" color, as well as stems of fall leaves. Then go to a farmer market or a good grocery store and buy 15 decorative small pumpkins. Dig holes in the pumpkins, insert candles...make a circular arrangement with the silk "fall leaves," bending some upward in a nice pattern. There you have colorful table centerpieces at very little cost!
I have used this as a nursing home craft project that were later used for table decorations in their lunch room.
Old Reader's Digest hardcover books are in abundance; yard sales, thrift stores and free. Take two pieces of ribbon and wrap around the book and glue, then glue a piece of styrofoam on top for a base. Tip: If you use white foam, give it a light coat of brown spray paint.
Use any type of fall items you may have, items from nature like pinecones, acorns, etc., can even use your computer to generate objects on cardstock and cut then out, add a long pick that can be inserted in the styrofoam, fall silk flowers, leaves, etc. You get the idea, let your imagination run wild!
Take a piece of masking tape and write "winner" and tape to the bottom of one chair at each table. At the end of the evening there will be a winner at each table ... nothing like recycling!
Ms. Syd Barr - Dunkirk, MD
This is a really cute idea. Buy dryer venting hose (about three dollars for nine feet) and paint it with orange acrylic paint. Cut the hose into three equal portions. Bring it around and staple the ends together. Add a piece of brown paper bag for the stem and a couple of silk, fall-colored leaves near the stem. You will have three darling pumpkins for about three dollars each.
Another idea is to spray pumpkins gold and tie a pretty ribbon and silk flower at the stem. Good luck.
I need ideas for my sons First Communion centerpieces. Anyone?
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.
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.
I need an elegant centerpiece with red apples being the main theme but with fall flowers. It needs to be simple yet elegant and not too high for tables. It is for the grand opening of nursing home. Maybe candles with fruit. I also need something for the mantle of a fireplace. I need to impress higher ups with elegance.
Joann from Throop, PA
If you want to use candles, you could core the apple first, with a corer that goes all the way through, and then insert pillar candles in fall colors(orange, gold, sage, burgundy). If you want to keep it shorter, you can buy the 6 in pillars rather than the 12 in. You could cluster the apples on a plate, or line them up in a row, on a long narrow tray. They sell vines of fall flowers or leaves at the dollar stores, which you could intertwine throughout the apples. To keep it really low, you could scoop out the top of the apple with a melon baller or something, and then insert tea lights into the cavity. Make sure to level off the bottom of the apple, by slicing a piece off the bottom. This will keep them from rolling over. You could always cluster the table arrangements, and then line the fireplace mantle, with tall candles. And if you could lean mirrors against the back of the mantle, it would look like double the mantlepiece. Good luck!