A Thanksgiving tablescape and centerpiece. (a cheap, easy and beautiful DIY)

Yesterday I did a wrap up of our Thanksgiving dinner and decor, but I wanted to share how I put together the hanging centerpiece before I move on to all things Christmas.

There are no rules here.  I mixed yard clippings with rhinestones and mercury glass with mason jars… it all worked together.

I explained how easy this shelf was to build, but it is even easier to create a beautiful display with items you already have in your house or in your yard.

I started with  several of the real pumpkins left over from Halloween, which I had upcycled and blinged out with Tori Spelling jewelry pieces.   The first step was to get the basic shape you’re going to design around.  I wanted it to be higher in the middle than on the ends, so I used assorted candle holders or glasses to elevate the pumpkins to the height I wanted, creating kind of an arc.

Please forgive my terrible “pen tool” skills on the photo editing program. #lame

Once I had the basic shape that I wanted, I could start filling in the centerpiece.  I am not exaggerating when I tell you that every single bit of greenery used was clipped out of our yard or off of our trees that very morning.

I clipped Dusty Miller (because there’s plenty of it and because it coordinated beautifully with the pumpkins), clipped little branches from trees, a few vines here and there… basically just a nice palette of greens.  I started layering the flat leaves around the glassed and candle holders, covering most of the wood.

The next step was to take little glass votive cups, put a little water in them and create little mini vases full of Dusty Miller…

I ran these, evenly spaced,  all along the edges of the “shelf”.

Once the little votive vases of the Dusty Miller were in place, then I added more greenery to fill in any gaps and topped the whole thing with a few strips of burlap.

For the table itself, I actually took an old drapery panel that was the perfect shade of green, sliced it length-wise to make one long runner, then added more of the pumpkins.  A few more votive candles, and you guessed it: more yard clippings.  (Note: Asparagus Fern is the only kind of asparagus that would EVER be on my table.  Yuck!)

So aside from the pumpkins (which I slowly bought over the months of September and October) I had everything I needed to pull this together.  Think beyond Thanksgiving…  As long as you stick with a simple color palette, you’ll be fine.

What do you have that you could mix and match to create something beautiful?

Comments

  1. says

    Simple, elegant and the price is definitely right. I wish we could have an outdoor space like that for the winter days here. Just too darned cold.

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