Centerpiece and Tabletop Decoration Ideas for Fall

These easy-to-make centerpieces and tabletop decorations will add creative fall flair to any table in your home.

By Kelly Roberson

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Bouquet of Fall Flowers and Vegetables

    Going simple is the best decorating solution for fall centerpieces and table toppers. Here, deeply hued roses and dahlias play off the more muted collection of faux tomatoes and fall foliage.

    Editor's Tip: Choose a vase color that recedes and doesn't compete with the blooms.

Centerpiece of Stacked China and Roses

    This simple addition to your holiday table requires only things you already have around the house. 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.

Carved Peppers with Flowers Tabletop Decoration

    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.

Pretty Pumpkins Centerpiece

    Pumpkins like the ones pictured can be used as decorations all season long. Elevate a few -- chosen for the beauty of their contrasting colors -- on a pedestal. Underneath, use a table runner or cloth that picks up on the hues, and tuck in few bittersweet branches for texture.

Tall Grass-and-Feathers Tabletop Decoration

    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.

Pumpkin Flower Arrangement

    Pumpkins are plentiful and inexpensive in fall, so for a pretty centerpiece, use a large one to display richly colored blooms. Cut the top off of a pumpkin or squash, scoop out the flesh, and tuck in a vase. Display a variety of flowers including dahlias, sunflowers, and zinnias.

Fall Foliage Vase

    Leaves work just as well in decorating schemes on the first day of autumn as they do during Thanksgiving gatherings. Once trees start to drop their pretty foliage, snip a bunch of large and unusually colored branches, and accent the decoration with a bowl or two of gourds in colorful containers.

Tabletop Pumpkin Display

    Repetition of color -- whether with pumpkins, foliage, or flowers -- creates a unified fall decorating scheme that accents all of fall's bounty. Dominant tones of orange and yellow are present in a vase of blooms and a cluster of branches on a sideboard, in addition to the main pumpkin display.

Indian Corn Candleholder

    The vibrant, diverse colors of Indian corn perfectly represent the color palette of fall, and you can put them to use in a no-fuss candleholder. Place a candle at the center and hot-glue corncobs together in a circle around it to make this pretty tabletop decoration.

Small Pumpkin Plate Centerpiece

    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.

Seasonal Bounty Basket Centerpiece

    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.

Fall Leaf Table Runner

    It's easy to craft a no-sew table runner in the shapes and colors of fall. Find and enlarge a fallen leaf shape and cut it out from a piece of felt. Glue ribbon or single-fold bias tape to the edge and place on a contrasting piece of felt or complementary table runner.

Eclectic Fall Bowl Centerpiece

    This decoration can be fashioned easily with a fall nature hunt and a halved globe used as a bowl. There's no need to plan the arrangement -- simply mix the treasures together: pinecones, bittersweet, acorns, and branches make the perfect fall centerpiece.

Bright Fall Flower Vase

    Vivid colors and tall vases create eye-catching centerpieces that last. Here, a few carrots are tucked around the exterior of the vase, while a dramatic combination of grasses and blooms add texture and vertical interest.

White Pumpkins Tabletop Decoration

    Color-coordinate your tabletop decoration with your serving dishes to create a classy, monochromatic fall display. Place white gourds at different levels in white ceramic dishes, and accent the table with sprigs of red fall berries in a white ceramic vase.

Fall Flowers in Gourd Vases

    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.

Pumpkin Tree Tabletop Decoration

    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.

Decorative Tabletop Pumpkins

    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.

Flowers-and-Candles Tabletop Decoration

    A rustic rectangular container disguises a few small flower vases, making a great way to create an eclectic collection of blooms, fall foliage, and candles. Tie long grass or fall berries around the container to make the decoration pop.

Sunflower Centerpiece

    Create an eye-catching display from a basic cylindrical glass vase, nuts, and sunflowers. Place a narrow vase inside a wider one and fill the space between the two with layers of fall-hue dried beans, such as Anasazi, large butter beans, and Christmas lima beans. Fill the inner vase with water, and add a variety of sunflowers.

Traced-Leaf Pumpkin Centerpiece

    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.

Fall Foliage Centerpiece

    Brightly colored foliage gathered at its prime brings the perfect fall color accent to this room. Snip a few long branches with a variety of colored leaves still attached and tuck them in a cluster of tall, clear vases on a tabletop.

Seasonal Harvests Table Decoration

    There's nothing that says fall more than a basket of crisp apples and a collection of gourds. Combine the two for a buffet or entry table decoration and use homespun fabrics or a large towel as a base.

Colorful Fall Leaf Vase and Garland

    This easy decoration can brighten a living or dining room in just a few minutes, where a vase filled with colorful branches brings the beauty of the outdoors in.

Indian Corn-and-Wheat Centerpiece

    Pumpkins typically are front and center at doorways and on tables, but this elegant collection of corn and wheat stalks fits in perfectly with the season. Include a variety of colors of corn and a few different sizes and include an individual cob at each place setting.


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