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These easy centerpieces and simple tabletop decorations will add creative fall flair to any table in your home.
Display these pretty fall flowers in hollowed-out gourds for a unique twist on a fall centerpiece. Select flowers in a variety of autumn hues, such as bright purple, orange, and yellow, and accent the small bouquets with sprigs of orange berries.
Without carved faces, pumpkins make a dramatic tabletop. Start with lengths of grapevine wrapped around and up and down pumpkins in different patterns. Display smaller gourds under glass and scatter a base of leaves underneath, and include a tall vase filled with wheat or dried lavender for subtle color complement.
This simple addition to your holiday table requires only household items. Using a large china plate as the base, create a layered decoration with stacked teacups and smaller plates. Adorn with orange flowers on each level, and tuck a small amount of foliage in the top teacup.
These colorful vegetables are the perfect fall tabletop decorations when stuffed with flowers and foliage. Cut each pepper lengthwise an inch from the top to make an opening (don't cut the top completely off), hollow out the pepper and fill with different types of flowers. Set the peppers on small plates to finish the decoration.
Inexpensive tools make this uniquely carved pumpkin easy to recreate. Use a large leaf to trace onto a pumpkin and use a scraping tool to cut away only the outermost layer. Set it on a bed of moss and a pedestal for a centerpiece that will last all season.
Small gourds and pumpkins are nearly sculptural, and a cluster of two or three on a pretty plain plate resembles a still life. Tuck in a pinecone and a few leaves, and wrap a bit of raffia or twine around one of the stems.
This decorative arrangement of cattails, pheasant feathers (found at crafts stores), and Purple Majesty ornamental millet doesn't need water, so it will last all season long.
Editor's Tip: Place chicken wire or floral netting inside an urn to create structure within the vase. Mold the wire into a ball to fit the bottom of the vase and stick the stems into the holes to complete the arrangement.
A wicker basket contains a lush arrangement of the growth of autumn. Put a square of floral foam into the container and add a collection of kale, dill, tomatoes, broccoli, and other harvest finds for a colorful, edible centerpiece.
Simple decorations can make a dressed-up tabletop for fall. A few cylindrical vases filled with birdseed provide a sturdy base for long branches. Small pumpkins -- suspended with bits of twine -- hover above a beautiful assortment of branches, berries, and pinecones. To craft the candle-displaying pumpkins, hollow out a few gourds and tuck in candles and berries.