DIY Thanksgiving Centerpiece

If you are hosting Thanksgiving dinner this year, these gorgeous DIY Thanksgiving centerpiece ideas are to die for. Don’t be surprised if your guests feel compelled to photograph and Instagram your beautiful table.

One of my favorite things about fall is the decorating. The rich, autumn colors evoke a feeling of bounty and blessings and gratitude. You can deck your house and table with all of nature’s bounty straight from your garden, yard, and the farmer’s market.

Hosting Thanksgiving dinner, or any holiday meal, is costly enough without having to worry about spending hundreds more on decor and centerpieces. That’s why I’ve chosen to feature only budget-friendly centerpieces you can easily create yourself, with items you already have on hand.

Once you’ve finished creating your DIY Thanksgiving centerpiece, turn your attention to your fireplace mantles, your banister, shelves and coffee table, and use these same ideas to create inexpensive fall masterpieces for your entire house!

Are you ready to get started?




This gorgeous DIY Thanksgiving centerpiece can be easily pulled together in about 5 minutes, with basic items you already have on hand. The no-fail tutorial at Stone Gable makes it amazingly easy.

DIY Thanksgiving Centerpiece

Stone Gable: 5-minute DIY Fall Decor




Cake stands are a fantastic way to add height to your centerpieces, and you’ve probably already got a few in your china cabinet. Plop a circle of pumpkins around a bouquet of hydrangeas and you’ve created a masterful DIY fall centerpiece.

DIY Fall Centerpiece

Ella Claire: DIY Fall Centerpiece




All you need is a few tall, taper candles and a bunch of hydrangeas from your yard to twine amongst a row of pumpkins of varied sizes. This easy, DIY Thanksgiving centerpiece is perfect for any size dining table.

DIY Fall Centerpiece

Ella Claire: Fall Home Tour




Use some scrap wood to build a long, narrow box to display candles, gourds and Spanish moss as a beautiful DIY fall centerpiece that hardly costs you anything. Instructions are available at 724 South House.

DIY Fall centerpiece

724 South House: Dressing Up Your Table For Fall




Or if you don’t have the time or inclination to build anything, just display your fall decor on a simple serving tray. If you already have one, this DIY fall centerpiece won’t cost you a thing!

DIY fall centerpiece

A Pumpkin and a Princess: Fall Candle Centerpiece




For another blessedly easy DIY Thanksgiving centerpiece, wrap white pumpkins (two are real, one is fake — can you tell them apart?) in bittersweet vine and secure it with u-pins for a rich, textural, Thanksgiving tablescape. This table runner is made of napkins placed end to end. Quite ingenious, huh?

DIY Thanksgiving Centerpiece

Karin Lidbeck: Bittersweet DIY Thanksgiving Centerpiece




Carve out the center of your pumpkin (my girls call these types of pumpkins princess carriages because they do rather look like the pumpkin used for Cinderella’s carriage, don’t they?) and use it as a gorgeous vessel for your Thanksgiving floral centerpiece. The roses and mums, and the silver serving tray beneath it make this fall centerpiece look particularly elegant.

DIY Thanksgiving Centerpiece

Jenny Steffens: DIY Thanksgiving Centerpiece




Rustic but elegant, the vessel holding the gourds, candles, pinecones and greenery is made from an old, repurposed pallet. Use produce and decor from your yard, and this gorgeous DIY fall centerpiece will cost you nothing. And yet, these simple Thanksgiving table decorations will have a huge impact.

DIY Thanksgiving Centerpiece

Far Above Rubies: Thanksgiving Centerpiece Preview




Here is another simple Thanksgiving decoration. Use dried peas, kidney beans and corn as a creative, colorful and beautiful filler for your hurricane vases, add a candle and finish it off with a simple twine bow. You can cook this cute DIY Thanksgiving centerpiece up into soup with cornbread when fall has passed, and repurpose the vase into your next seasonal centerpiece. This would be gorgeous in large apothecary jars, too.

DIY Fall Centerpiece

Amanda Jane Brown: Fall Decorating with Hurricane Vases




This long, galvanized tray is filled to overflowing with all sorts of scrumptious fall goodies.  You can switch out the fall items for pine boughs, pinecones, berries and candle when Christmas rolls around, and reuse the tray again in the spring for your Easter centerpiece. Simple Thanksgiving decorations make a big impact when grouped together on a tray in varying heights and textures.

DIY Thanksgiving Centerpiece

Worthing Court: Farmhouse Fall Table Centerpiece




Wrap a bit of vine from your yard around some produce in a large dough bowl, and you’ve got a magnificent DIY fall centerpiece for under $10! The dough bowl, along with the grapevine balls and green, moss balls in this inexpensive Thanksgiving tablescape could be repurposed for Christmas and Easter as well, bringing the cost of your centerpiece down even more.

DIY Thanksgiving Centerpiece

Sophia’s: Fall in the Dining Room with 5 Easy Centerpieces




This simple table runner is just a board, painted with chalk paint. You could reuse this DIY chalkboard table runner for every holiday, just changing out the inexpensive Thanksgiving table decorations for Christmas or Valentine’s-themed decor. The white pumpkin and candles keep this fall tablescape simple and cohesive.

DIY Fall Centerpiece

DIY Chalkboard Table Runner by Liz Marie blog




I found this photo on Pinterest, but couldn’t find who to credit it to. I love that an old, weathered, wooden plank is used as the base of this inexpensive Thanksgiving table decoration, with various sizes and heights of candles, greenery and fall produce intertwined on top.

DIY Thanksgiving Centerpiece




Now if you’re looking for an inexpensive fall centerpiece that is cute AND edible, look no further. I think this would be a fun project for kids to put together as the centerpiece for the kids table. Their favorite part will be that they get to eat it when they’re finished. My kiddos would be all over those fruit kabobs if I mixed them up a little bowl of fruit dip.

DIY Fall Centerpiece

The Greatest Thanksgiving Centerpiece by Happy Home Fairy





I hope you’ve seen a couple of inexpensive Thanksgiving table decorations you like and want to copy. Involve your kiddos and your DIY Thanksgiving centerpiece can become a fun, family project. It may even become a much-anticipated tradition!

Be sure to check out these other posts for more Thanksgiving inspiration:

19 Great Thanksgiving Books to Share With Your Kids
11 Smart Ways to Use Up Your Thanksgiving Leftovers
5 Cooking Tools You Need This Thanksgiving



Don’t forget to pin these scrumptious DIY Thanksgiving centerpiece ideas for later!



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  1. I love all of these ideas! I have pumpkins all around my home. I love that they come in so many different colors and styles.

    1. Amy Saunders says:

      Yes, I love that, too! It makes it easy to find the perfect DIY Thanksgiving centerpiece for everyone’s own individual style.

  2. LOVE this post! These idea sand pictures are beautiful. I always want to decorate well but don’t want to spend a lot of money. These ideas are very helpful!

    1. Amy Saunders says:

      Yes! I love that it’s so easy to put together a DIY Thanksgiving centerpiece with just what you have around the house!

  3. These are beautiful! I’m never very good at having an eye for things like this. I’d much rather cook! I look forward to drawing on these for inspiration for our table this year 🙂

    1. Amy Saunders says:

      Maybe you could collaborate with a family member who would rather decorate than cook? Put her in charge of a DIY Thanksgiving centerpiece for your Thanksgiving dinner, while you just enjoy the cooking.

  4. I love these! The one with the Hydrangeas is my favorite! So light and airy, but still very fall!

    1. Amy Saunders says:

      I love how she added the hydrangeas, too, and how light and airy and simple that DIY Thanksgiving centerpiece is.

    1. Amy Saunders says:

      Aren’t they beautiful? I think they add such elegance to the Thanksgiving centerpieces.

  5. These are all so gorgeous! I just love the mixture of flowers, pumpkins, and candles. I wish I could keep my pumpkins out year round!

    1. Amy Saunders says:

      As I’m setting out my Thanksgiving tablescape and mantle decor and everything, I always think the same thing — how well I’d like to leave it out forever. But the day after Thanksgiving, I’m always ready to switch it out for Christmas decor. It’s funny how that works!

  6. I love these ideas, I am hosting Thanksgiving this year and I love DIY, these will definetely impress my guests.

    1. Amy Saunders says:

      They absolutely will! You’ll see your DIY Thanksgiving centerpieces all over Instagram, I’m sure!

  7. I love decorating the table, and mostly using what I have on hand, these are all beautiful. I love the flower bouquet on pumpkin !

    1. Amy Saunders says:

      I love to decorate with what I have on hand, too. It really keeps things simple and inexpensive! The pumpkin bouquet is one of my favorite DIY Thanksgiving centerpieces. I’ve made them with styrofoam pumpkins and silk flowers from Hobby Lobby, so I can reuse them from year to year, and I have them all over my house. Thanksgiving decor is so beautiful!

  8. These are all so beautiful. I love anything with pumpkins this time of year, so it’s hard for me to choose my favorite! The combination of flowers, pumpkins, and candles in some of these centerpieces is perfect. You’ve given me some great ideas for my own Thanksgiving tablescape.

    1. Amy Saunders says:

      Glad I could help, Emily! Have fun making your Thanksgiving centerpiece!

  9. There are wonderful! I’m always looking for unique ways to decorate the table and to make centerpieces and these have inspired me. Thanks for sharing!

    1. Amy Saunders says:

      DIY Thanksgiving centerpieces are so much fun to make. Happy crafting!

  10. I love this and I am going to use it!! I found out that I am hosting Thanksgiving this year so I need to do some decorating because we are also closing on our new house the week after so I was planning on being packed up!! Thanks for sharing this!!

    1. Amy Saunders says:

      Thanksgiving week sounds crazy busy for you! Hosting Thanksgiving dinner, packing up your old house and moving into a new one all the same week? Good luck, friend!!!

    1. Amy Saunders says:

      That is a fun Thanksgiving centerpiece, especially for the kiddos! I’m going to let my kids make one as a fun craft project on Thanksgiving morning, while I’m busy cooking. It will keep them busy, it will beautify our table, and they’ll enjoy eating it afterward.

  11. These are all wonderful ideas and just what we all need to see. I agree that you do not have to spend a lot of money on expensive decor and also sometimes using what you have with a few changes like the serving tray used as a centerpiec, makes it all that special as you give it another purpose but also inspire your guests to decorate their homes with these items too. I love these ideas. Thank you

    D, xo || from

    1. Amy Saunders says:

      Thanks for your comment, D! I often use multipurpose trays in my centerpieces to make them both special and portable. It takes a long time to artfully arrange gourds, candles and greenery, and I often want to move it off my table (so there is room for food!) so it really helps that my DIY fall centerpiece is on a tray. I can move it to the island during dinner and then easily put it back on my dining table afterward.

    1. Amy Saunders says:

      DIY Thanksgiving centerpieces can be so easy and fun to create!

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