Make 3 Easy Fall Centerpiece Ideas in Minutes

Build a gorgeous fall centerpiece with simple supplies and the same DIY box. We'll show you three speedy ideas that feature twists on faux fall foliage, pumpkins, and inexpensive seasonal elements.

Fall Centerpiece Box Three Ways

Use the same wood centerpiece box for three different fall centerpiece displays, each with their own unique style. Go for rich fall color, muted herbal hues, or glamorous glitter to make a statement on your fall tablescape. The DIY box can be reused in next year's centerpiece or for other holiday displays. When the party is over, you can give out the pumpkins or herbs as take-home gifts. Each display uses inexpensive natural and seasonal elements that you can find at your local crafts store for a fresh fall look that comes together in minutes.

Make the centerpiece box used in this project.

Fall Foliage

Floral Fall Centerpiece Box

What You Need:

  • Wood box
  • Assorted dry florals
  • Spanish moss
  • Assorted fall pumpkins, gourds, and corn
  • Dry floral foam
  • Scissors

Step 1: Cut and Place Foam

Cut dry floral foam to the size of the inside of the box or container you'd like to use. This will serve as a base to poke in dried florals and to give pumpkins and gourds height. You can purchase dried or faux flowers from a crafts store, or use fall foliage from your yard.

Learn how to make dried flowers to use in this project.

Step 2: Place Produce

Arrange pumpkins, gourds, and corn within the planter box, distributing size and type. Alternate large and small gourds of different colors for the best arrangement. Fill in the empty spaces between produce with Spanish moss, making sure to hide any visible floral foam.

Step 3: Fill in with Foliage

Trim stems of dried fall flowers to size and push into the floral foam. Try to spread out flowers with different colors and sizes for a full and cohesive look. Finish off the display with sprigs of fall leaves and grasses, real or faux. Your box is now ready to shine as the main event in a classic fall table setting.

Harvest Herbs

Pastel Fall Centerpiece Box

What You Need:

  • Wood box
  • Fresh potted herbs, 4" or smaller (we used rosemary, thyme, and sage)
  • Small garden rocks
  • Spanish moss
  • Dry floral foam
  • Plastic sheeting for planter lining
  • Assorted pumpkins and gourds in white and sage colors

Step 1: Create a Base

Line the box with plastic sheeting. This will keep your vessel clean from dirt  and allow you to spritz fresh plants with water without causing damage to the box. Add pieces of dry floral foam to create a display base with varying heights. Fill in the base of the box with small rocks.

Step 2: Arrange Herbs

Arrange the herbs in the centerpiece box. Choose plants that will add a fresh scent to your table or those with a mix of textures. We opted for rosemary, thyme, and sage. You can keep the plants directly in their plastic pots or remove them. Distribute small white and sage pumpkins throughout the display.

Grow your own potted herbs.

Step 3: Fill in Gaps

Use clumps of Spanish moss to fill in the gaps between herbs and pumpkins and to cover any remaining exposed floral foam. The earthy greens of the moss and herbs add a surprising burst of color to the sea of browns and oranges commonly seen in fall decor.

Golden Gourds

Copper Fall Centerpiece Box

What You Need:

  • Wood box
  • Dry floral foam
  • Assorted small pumpkins
  • Assorted fall leaves
  • Glitter 
  • Gold spray paint
  • Acorns
  • Spanish moss
  • Hot-glue gun

Step 1: Create a Base

As with the other centerpiece designs, cut dry floral foam to fit inside the bottom of the box or container you're using. This will give the display extra height and make the centerpiece look fuller.

Step 2: Paint Materials

Use gold spray paint to coat faux pumpkins, leaves, and acorns as desired. Leave some materials natural to add depth and to ground the metallic centerpiece. Sprinkle a few items with gold glitter while the paint is still wet. Let dry.

Update more household objects with gold paint.

Step 3: Arrange Items

Arrange pumpkins and gourds throughout the display, distributing various sizes, shapes, and finishes throughout. Fill in the gaps between the produce with Spanish moss, making sure to hide any exposed foam.

Step 4: Fill in with Foliage

Add depth and detail by adding leaves and acorns throughout the display. Tuck leaf branches into the foam, and use hot glue to secure acorns around the display. Now you have an eye-catching fall centerpiece that will shimmer when it catches the light.

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