My DIY Fall Decor centerpiece is always simple, budget-friendly, and can last through Thanksgiving. Using nature as my guide, I put together a rustic centerpiece by using real pumpkins and gourds, a few faux picks, moss, and even feathers.
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DIY Fall Decor Ideas
Even though this fall table centerpiece only took me about 10 minutes to throw together… yes, throw. It took me over a week to get motivated to get it done!
Like last years Easy Fall Table Decor, I started out with wanting all neutral colors. I did keep it more neutral, but I still couldn’t stay away from some harvest colors. Our new paint colors (Mindful Grey by Sherwin Williams) made it easier.
I still thought about stuffing as many pumpkins in the hutch again. I love that look! This year, I used all the white vases I usually store inside along with my late mother’s soup tureen. I added a few cotton branches and called it good.
How to Create Simple Fall Table Decor
- Table Linens: I wanted a table runner and when I saw this gray plaid one from Target, I knew it was perfect. I love how it coordinates with my IKEA gingham chair covers. (They are no longer available, but you can sometimes still find them on eBay).
- Base: I first looked for my base. I planned on using my dough bowl like the year before, but while shopping at my local craft store, I found this log bark tray. I thought it would be perfect to arrange all my fall decor item. Your base doesn’t have to be a container. It can be flat, heck, you can just use your table runner.
- Larger items: What will your larger pieces be? You’ll want to arrange those first. Shop your produce section of the grocery store. This is where you’ll find all kinds of things to decorate with. Of course, I wanted white pumpkins and a variety of squash. I always buy more than I need, but you can always use them for fall decor elsewhere. Other great items are eggplants, walnuts, artichokes. Depending on how long your centerpiece needs to be there, will help determine if you can use more perishable items such as asparagus and other beautiful fruits and veggies.
- Filler: I grabbed whatever caught my eye. I will usually just walk around my yard and clip twigs, branches, flowers, seed pods etc… Anything that will give me that rustic centerpiece look. I used store-bought moss, seasonal picks, and pheasant feathers. Once I had all my items to create my fall centerpiece, I laid them all out on the table and just started putting things in, filling in the small vacant areas with leaves and moss. I even grabbed some rocks I had spray painted to fill in small areas.
- Walk Away!: Once you think you’ve got it, walk away. Otherwise, you’ll tinker and tinker and hate everything. Come back to it in an hour or so and see if you still like it. Looking at it with a fresh eye will help finish up your DIY Fall Decor table centerpiece.
If you’ll be using this for Thanksgiving dinner or any dinner, you’ll need to consider the height of your table decor. You want your guest to see who’s on the other side of the table. You can remove it of course when you’re eating, but for a holiday dinner, we usually want some sort of table decor.
My method is always trial and error with a lot of rearranging, but once I start, I’m usually finished in 10-15 min.
I love the rustic look and I think you’ll be surprised what nature will provide for you when you look around.
I’ve been eyeing these beautiful rose hips on one of my walking trails. I need to remember to take my garden snips with me. I can easily just poke them into this already assembled DIY fall decor table centerpiece.
What I love the most, is this will transition perfectly for Thanksgiving. My work is done!
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Debbie Prewitt says
Beautiful display! I love the natural look! What are your tips for insect control on things gathered from our yard for your displays? Even with cut flowers I have this problem.
I usually give everything a good shake and then I bring them into the sink, where I may spray them gently. If it’s a dried item, like pinecones, I will bake them in a tinfoil pan on the lowest setting for 45 min or so. An occasional spider is just part of the process and to be expected though.
Sarah Walker Caron says
What a lovely centerpiece!
Thank you so much!
I love your flannel runner! Yay for fall decor!
Thank you so much! It’s from Target.
You’re making me eager for the holidays!
It’s always fun to have a plan!
I just love this interior! The table decorations are beautiful and they will be my autumn inspirations for sure! 🙂
Thank you! Simple decor is always the best!
I love all of these cute ideas, thanks for sharing!
Thank you Kimberly!
I love this festive fall table setting!
Thank you Julie! The best part is it only took about 5 min!
Looks so beautiful and easy too!
Thank you Bird!