Fabulous Fall Centerpieces

Give your table a festive look with a pretty centerpiece for fall gatherings, large or small. Our tips for fall centerpieces help you incorporate natural and faux elements into your decor for a festive and bright fall table.

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    Votive Mason Jar Mood Lighting

    Give your plain votives and Mason jars an upgrade with this creative centerpiece idea from Addicted 2 DIY. These 3-inch pillar candles sit inside quart-size Mason Jars for a farmhouse-style look. Because leaves from your backyard brown quickly, try sprucing up your space with some leaves from a crafts store. 

    Get the directions here.

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    Repurpose an Old Globe as a Fall Centerpiece

    This arrangement is as attractive as it is easy. Turn an old globe into a distinctive fall centerpiece for a unique spin on seasonal decor. Separate the globe's hemispheres and fill each one with colorful leaves, seedpods, small pumpkins and gourds, pinecones, and bittersweet.

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    Get Chic with a Monochrome Spread

    We know, we know, one of the best parts of fall is decorating with pretty oranges and reds. But if you're looking for a change, try matching candles, flowers, and other elements to white (or green, or ...) pumpkins. We love this ultrachic white spread.


    Get more inspiration from Tone on Tone!

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    Paint a Pumpkin for the Focal Point

    This humble cornucopia takes a glamorous turn with a single mini pumpkin dressed in shining gold. Arrange pears, apples, and gourds in a cornucopia. Brush silver Luster Dust (available at a crafts store) onto the tops and stems of white mini pumpkins that are clean, dry, and at room temperature. 

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    Beautiful Blooms in Pumpkin Vase

    Only four materials turn a crafts store pumpkin into a beautiful vase. If there's still empty space on your table, add extra foliage to small watering cans, or spread out twigs with colorful leaves attached. Mini pumpkins and gourds tie the look together.

    Get the directions from The Full Bouquet.

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    Add a Pop of Color with Wheat Stalks

    This project is so simple—it'll take you less than 10 minutes!—but it adds a big statement to your table. Use a variety of embroidery floss colors, like Inspired by Charm did, or adapt it to the theme or your home's decor. We love their idea of setting one wheat stalk at each place setting.

    Get the full directions from Inspired by Charm! 

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    Display Fall-Color Flowers

    Glistening red currants create the framework for this asymmetrical bouquet, which is a wonderful example of how pretty flower-focused fall centerpieces can be. A pink-hue hydrangea bloom and a few red roses add interest to the angled line of the design.

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    Playful Turkey Centerpiece

    This one is for the kids! Younger children trace their hands on colored paper and help glue the turkey's nose and mouth. Older kiddos decorate the inside of a baby food jar with glitter paint. Turn these birds into place cards by having kids write guests' names on the feathers.

    Get the directions from I Love To Create. 

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    Elevate Pumpkins for Fall Centerpieces

    Say good-bye to plain orange pumpkins. Creamy-white varieties look elegant as fall centerpieces when adorned with silver glitter and nestled in boxwood atop a silver wine bucket. Use this look for an elegant Thanksgiving or for a seasonal bridal or baby shower.

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    Cover Pumpkins in Flowers

    For pretty and quick fall centerpieces, create this beautiful autumn centerpiece with a small pumpkin, a grocery-store bouquet, and hot glue. Choose a bouquet of mums in harvest colors, and cut each flower just below the flower head. Attach each blossom to an uncut pumpkin with a dab of hot glue. Sprinkle colorful leaves and small gourds around the pumpkins for added interest.

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    Combine Flowers and Fruit

    Choose fruit and blossoms in shades of the same color for monochromatic and beautiful fall centerpieces. Yellow apples, pears, and flowers combine in this sunny centerpiece. Arrange the fruit in a compote, add an inch of water, and then tuck in flowers and greenery.

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    Use All-Natural Elements

    Swirl bittersweet vines around large pumpkins for instant and fresh fall centerpieces. Place the pumpkin on a platter so moisture won't ruin the tabletop, and complement the pumpkin with smaller natural elements, such as star anise, dried fruit slices, pinecones, or moss.

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    Watch: Easy Fall Centerpiece Ideas

    Try these three quick and easy ideas with apothecary jars, nuts, beans, ribbon, and more to make easy fall centerpieces.

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    Use Indian Corn in Fall Centerpieces

    Nestle colorful ears of corn on a bed of wheat for a feast of earthy color and texture. Fit a shallow bowl with dry florist's foam, leaving the foam an inch or two taller than the bowl. Insert wheat stalks into the foam, parallel to the table top. Partially remove the husks from several ears of Indian corn and arrange them on top of the wheat.

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    Create Bountiful Fall Centerpieces with Vegetables

    What better way to celebrate the fall harvest than by creating fall centerpieces using a feast of gorgeous green vegetables? To make: Stretch two sturdy rubber bands around a white pillar candle, then tuck green beans or asparagus stalks under the bands. Cover the rubber bands with satin ribbon. To make the artichoke candleholder, cut the top off and hollow out a bit of the center. Set a candle in the hole. Decorate the platter with a few white mums and hypericum berry sprigs.

    Editor's Tip: For safety reasons, do not let candles burn unattended. Only let candles burn for an hour or two at a time, and do not burn them down to the rubber band.

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    Get Creative with Candles

    Garnish plain pillar candles with leaves for elegant and understated fall centerpieces. Choose a few favorite leaves from your lawn. Determine placement of leaves on each candle. Coat the backs of the leaves with decoupage medium and smooth in place on the outside of the candle. If necessary, use tacky white crafts glue to hold the stems down. Cover the sides of the candle and the leaves with one or more coats of decoupage medium.

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    Add Personalized Messages

    Show your guests that you're thankful for them this fall with a tabletop tree full of leaves and personal messages, which offer an inspirational way to personalize fall centerpieces. Arrange twigs vertically in an urn, and anchor the arrangement with decorative rocks. Write short messages on decorative paper, punch a hole in one corner of each piece, and tie the notes to the twigs using skinny ribbon. Fill in spaces with colorful faux leaves, available at crafts stores. For added fun, sprinkle blank cards and writing utensils on the table for guests to write their own messages to add to the tree or other fall centerpieces.

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