Fabulous Fall Centerpieces

Give your table a festive look with a pretty centerpiece that's perfect for fall gatherings large or small.

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Table Runner and Centerpiece
Fallen Leaf Table Runner

    Bring beautiful fall color inside with a table runner sprinkled with fallen leaves and pretty pumpkins. Create the table runner using camel-color wool, flannel, or felt as a base. Cut the fabric to size. Lay coordinating ribbons along the center of the runner and secure with double-stick tape or a dab of fabric glue, if necessary. Set a compote or cake stand in the center and scatter leaves, mini pumpkins, and pears down the runner. To give this table runner staying power, use fabric leaves and glue them to the table runner base.

Message in a Tree

    Show your guests that you're thankful for them this fall with a tabletop tree full of leaves and personal messages. 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, found at a crafts store. For added fun, sprinkle blank cards and writing utensils on the table for guests to write their own messages to add to the tree.

Global Table Setting

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

Gilded Centerpiece

    Fill a gilded pitcher with a brilliant bouquet of roses, dahlias, and rose hips. Lightly spray flower petals and rose hips with gold paint to echo the glint of the pitcher.

Standout Pumpkin

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

A-Maize-ing Centerpiece

    Nestle colorful ears of corn on a bed of wheat for a feast of earthy color and texture that's distinctly fall. Fit a shallow bowl with dry floral 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.

Fruity Centerpiece

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

Autumn Candles Centerpiece

    Garnish plain pillar candles with leaves for an elegant and understated display. 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.

Harvest of Flowers

    For a pretty and super-quick centerpiece, create this beautiful autumn centerpiece with a small pumpkin, a grocery store bouquet, and some hot glue. Choose a bouquet of mums in harvest colors, and cut each flower at the top of its stem, just below each flower head. Attach each blossom to an uncut pumpkin with a little hot glue. Sprinkle colorful leaves and small gourds around the pumpkins for added interest. This is a great last-minute project.

Bountiful Centerpiece

    What better way to celebrate the Thanksgiving harvest feast than by creating a centerpiece using a feast of gorgeous green vegetables? To wrap a candle in green beans or asparagus, stretch two sturdy rubber bands around a white pillar candle, then insert vegetables under the bands. Cover the bands with a circle of satin ribbon. To make the articoke candle holder, cut the top off and a bit of the center out of the articoke. Set the candle in the hole. Decorate the platter underneath with a few white mums and hypericum berry sprigs.

    Warning: Do not burn candles down to the rubber-band level.

Pumpkins and Vines

    Swirl a bittersweet vine around a fat pumpkin for an instant centerpiece. (Place the pumpkin on a platter so moisture won't ruin a tabletop.) Star anise and dried fruit slices decorate our table, but pinecones, moss, and natural elements are also appropriate.

    Warning: Real bittersweet berries can make children and animals sick, so be sure to keep them away from the display.

Pear and Wheat Centerpiece

    Two rows of artificial pears glued and picked together form the simplest sort of centerpiece. Bundles of rye tucked into the spaces further the feeling of fall.

Fall Platter

    Interesting gourds or pumpkins can stand alone or be surrounded by textured natural elements. Pressed fall leaves peek up around the edges of this platter, topped with a casual handful of nuts and candies.


    Glistening red currants create the framework for this asymmetrical bouquet. A pink-hued hydrangea bloom and a few red roses add interest to the angled line of the design.

White Pumpkin Centerpiece

    Say goodbye to plain orange pumpkins. Creamy-white varieties look elegant adorned with silver glitter and nestled in boxwood atop a silver wine cooler. Use this look for an elegant Thanksgiving or for a seasonal bridal or baby shower.

Floral Pumpkin

    Both whimsical and elegant, this floral version of a pumpkin was created by carving a block of soaked florist's foam into a sphere and placing it on a cake stand. Orange mums were cut short (2 to 3 inches), then inserted into the wet foam to cover. A faux stem (a woody branch), a few leaves, and a twine of berries finished off the arrangement.

Mini Pumpkin Candleholders

    Miniature pumpkins are available in either orange or white. Break off the stem, then insert a small round metal cookie cutter, pounding it down into the pumpkin with a mallet. Carve out the plug by cutting around it with a paring knife. Insert a votive or tall taper candle, wedging these into place if necessary and securing with museum wax.

Fall Arrangement

    A faux pumpkin has been dolled up with a wild arrangement of twigs, leaves, and berries. At the center, a focal point of a golden bow and tiny birdhouse catches our eye. This design can be created with a circle of dry Styrofoam and hot-glued to the top of the artificial pumpkin. Cover the foam with glued-on bits of Spanish or green moss.

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