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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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