The V Spot

Rants, observations and home decorating from a woman with no time for a blog.

Making a hanging centerpiece for an outdoor Thanksgiving.

I love Thanksgiving.  We host the dinner at our house, and I love having friends and family around.
The more, the merrier is our motto so we need a big space for dinner.  We set the dining room up as the buffet and everyone eats out on our patio.  (Fortunately, Southern California weather usually allows us to do this.)  I love to do something big and spectacular as far as centerpieces and tablescapes go.

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I do my best to create an outdoor room, and to change it up a bit each year.  A few years ago I told Handsome Hubby that I wanted a hanging centerpiece… basically a floating shelf.  This is what he made for me, and it was pretty much what I had pictured in my head.  (I love it when that happens.)

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I love the rusticity of the wood and the rope when paired with the shimmer of the candlelight and the ribbon.  Everything else?  Clippings from the hedges and trees in our yard and pine cones gathered on a hike.  Practically free.  Yay.  (Then a simple runner of tulle, candles and fresh pears.  Simple is good.)

It was very easy to make.

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You can use whatever size board you want.  The base of this is about 18 inches wide by 7 feet long.  I can’t remember if this was built to specific measurements I gave HH, or if this is what he had on hand.  Either way… Once the base is cut, frame it out with 1 x 2 and then add a bit of decorative trim.  Stain it or paint it.  (Or don’t.  It’s up to you.)  Put an eye hook in each corner for hanging.  We added them in the middle for added stability because it was so long.

It looked very pretty at night too.  (Forgive the blurry shots.  These photos are from 2007.)

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I’m going to use this again this Thanksgiving and incorporate these green, blinged out pumpkins.

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I’ll show you how it turned out later this week.

 

28 Comments

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Leshia @ Southern Chic Love said...

November 19, 2012 at 2:20 pm
My utility room is definitely the room that needs the makeover.
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Jessica said...

November 19, 2012 at 2:36 pm
the bathroom
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jennysfriend said...

November 19, 2012 at 4:55 pm
My garage needs some major organizing and tidy up!
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Destiny said...

November 19, 2012 at 5:23 pm
My bedroom! It hasn't had anything done to it in the ten years I've lived here!
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At The Picket Fence said...

November 19, 2012 at 10:56 pm
That hanging centerpiece is gorgeous Vivienne!!! You always come up with the most creative ideas. :-) Our garage could use a makeover for sure and I'm seriously over my green carpet. LOL!
Vanessa
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Lisa Nelsen-Woods said...

November 20, 2012 at 12:18 am
My living room. I need more seating because the family won't visit!
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Amy Anderson said...

November 20, 2012 at 1:17 am
Um, my kitchen area which is going to be a craft area - when the boxes are gone . .
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Steph @ The Silly Pearl said...

November 20, 2012 at 1:21 am
Living Room!
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Gina @ MoneywiseMoms said...

November 20, 2012 at 2:02 am
My living room
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Leslie Stewart said...

November 20, 2012 at 2:06 am
This is absolutely gorgeous! You did a wonderful job! Have a Happy Thanksgiving!
Leslie
houseontheway@gmail.com
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Heather - Dollarstorecrafts.com said...

November 20, 2012 at 3:03 am
Floating centerpiece = EPIC GENIUS!!
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Mary Beth said...

November 20, 2012 at 4:35 am
The bedroom of my 2 youngest son's definitely needs a makeover!
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Amanda @ Serenity Now said...

November 20, 2012 at 1:55 pm
Our upstairs bathroom needs a complete overhaul! Great Giveaway, and I love the hanging shelf. :)
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Laura said...

November 20, 2012 at 11:17 pm
Well, my kitchen is in sad shape, but it's not the only room that needs help! :) The living room, the bathroom upstairs, the dining room...
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Angie CountryChicCottage said...

November 21, 2012 at 3:06 pm
This looks great Viv! :) My entire house could use something... ;)
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Anna said...

November 22, 2012 at 8:47 am
my main living room could definitely use a makeover. I started with browns and neutrals for the big pieces of furniture, but I don't know where to go next!
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Leshia @ Southern Chic Love said...

November 24, 2012 at 4:02 pm
utility room
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Heidi @ Moms Crafty Space said...

November 24, 2012 at 11:00 pm
My family room is in desperate need of a makeover...it's top on the project list for 2013!
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Angie B. said...

November 25, 2012 at 8:54 pm
Oh my a lot of rooms do but I'd like to see my bathroom get a makeover first
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J's mom said...

November 25, 2012 at 8:55 pm
I love that hanging center piece. & also love living in Southern California with the warm weather for Thanksgiving. We also end up eating outside a lot this time of year.
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Holly Lefevre (504 Main) said...

November 25, 2012 at 8:59 pm
Viv! OH MY GOSH! You outdid yourself. This outdoor room is positively magazine worthy! I am beyond impressed! And I love Ace Hardware!
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Literary Winner said...

November 25, 2012 at 8:59 pm
Definitely our kitchen!

maggie at literary winner dot com
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Lisa @ akawest said...

November 25, 2012 at 9:01 pm
My living room is in desperate need of a makeover.
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Lisa said...

November 25, 2012 at 10:05 pm
Your centerpiece is gorgeous!! I need help organizing our spare bedroom/my dressing room/closet. We love Ace!
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1porkchop said...

November 25, 2012 at 11:53 pm
My kitchen is in most need. Too many knife nicks in the linoleum.
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Unknown said...

November 26, 2012 at 2:04 am
My bathroom is so ugly it is in dire need of help s.tudyingforensix@gmail.com
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dispatcher_kristy said...

November 26, 2012 at 2:17 am
my living room needs a major upgrade
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Unknown said...

November 26, 2012 at 3:09 am
my bathroom really need a makeover

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