How to Make a Fall Centerpiece for Thanksgiving

pumpkin1With the passing of October, it is no longer socially acceptable for me to display monstrous creations about the house (Okay, who am I kidding? I still have sculptures of Lovecraftian monsters on display on my mantle, and I don’t intend to take them down any time soon). All the same, I’m not quite ready to set aside my pumpkins just yet.

Today’s crafty entertainment of the evening is a fall-themed centerpiece for my dining room table. I love playing with different floral pieces to discover new looks, so I have a pretty wide selection of fabric flowers squirreled away.

A note about selecting pieces for your arrangement: Three is a magic number. In my spread, I have three layers. I have flowers, then tall and pointies (two types of wheat grass and a set of three pheasant feathers), and finally end with a spread of twiggy branches. Play with textures and see what cool combos you come up with!

What you need:

  • Cheap pumpkin bucket
  • Copper spray paint
  • Fall-colored flowers / leaves
    • I used burlap sunflowers, a nice deep orange flower, twigs, pheasant feathers, and wheat grass
  • Floral tape
  • Styrofoam (to fit inside the pumpkin and support the flowers)
  • Moss (optional- use if fill is needed)

1. First, spray paint the bucket. I was just a touch overzealous with my spraying and ended up getting runs! Less is more; work in layers!

2. While your pumpkin dries (the directions on my paint can says you can handle it in two hours), start playing with combinations and arrangements for your floral pieces. I really liked the look of all that wheat grass together, so I braced them all together against the twig branches. Then, I have the flowers set so they’ll peak over the edge of the bucket and add a nice splash of color beneath the grass. Once you are happy with your arrangement, trim the stems.

3. When your nice, newly-coppered container has dried, place the Styrofoam inside to support your arrangement and stab your stems right in place. If you over cut, don’t despair! Use an extra piece of Styrofoam inside the bucket to add height to pieces that need it. If you need a little stuffing inside to help fill gaps, add moss around the stems.

Voila! A beautiful fall centerpiece just in time for Thanksgiving. With drying time, this took me a total of 2 and a half hours.


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