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13 Thanksgiving table-toppers

Bring simple country style to your table this Thanksgiving season with these easy, do-it-yourself centerpieces.
  • Go nutty!

    Have the kids collect acorns, and use them (or any kind of nut) to make these beautifully simple candleholders. Place votives in a glass holder, and set inside a larger drinking glass or vase. Add nuts to the outside of the votive holder, and scatter around on the table runner. 

    Hint: Whenever you decorate with acorns, pop them in the microwave for 30 seconds or so to kill any worms living inside. Otherwise, they'll chew their way out, leaving holes in the acorns as they make their way onto your table.

    Date Published: November 1, 2012
    Date Updated: October 24, 2014
  • Thankful for the harvest

    Place a pillar candle into a roomy candleholder, vase, clear bowl, or canning jar, and pour seed corn, Indian corn kernels, soybeans, or other dried grain around the base of the candle. This decoration couldn't be simpler, and it reminds us to give thanks for the harvest, and the farmers who grow our food.

    Date Published: November 1, 2012
    Date Updated: October 24, 2014
  • Bittersweet beauties

    White pumpkins wrapped with bittersweet vine make a simple yet festive topper for the table or mantle. Use bittersweet seed pods in the bottom of clear glass votive holders to continue the theme.

    Date Published: November 1, 2012
    Date Updated: October 24, 2014
  • Cupcake tin makeover

    Turn a vintage cupcake tin into a beautiful fall display for the counter or kitchen table. Fill the tin with grain, nuts, and dried fruits, and add votive candles in pretty fall colors. To make mini seed balls, coat a small styrofoam ball with glue and roll in seed corn, dried soybeans, or other grains.

    Date Published: November 1, 2012
    Date Updated: October 24, 2014
  • Fancy feathers

    Arrange pheasant feathers in a vase for a beautiful, simple arrangment perfect for fall. Set the vase on a mirrored tray and add other feathers and fall fruit. Hang mirrors behind the arrangement to reflect light into the room.

    Date Published: November 1, 2012
    Date Updated: October 24, 2014
  • Mum's the word

    Flower-covered pumpkins a pretty enough for the Thanksgiving centerpiece! Use fresh, dried, or silk flowers in fall colors, remove the stems, and attach to pumpkins with hot glue or straight pins. Using pins will allow you to easily replace fresh flowers as they fade.

    Date Published: November 1, 2012
    Date Updated: October 24, 2014
  • Corn candle cozy

    This decoration couldn't be simpler, but it's pretty enough for your Thankgiving centerpiece. Place a wide pillar candle onto a pretty plate, surround with Indian corn about the same height as the candle, and wrap with twine. Lovely!

    Date Published: November 1, 2012
    Date Updated: October 24, 2014
  • Assorted antiques

    Turn random antique bowls, jars and tins into a lovely decoration for fall. Here, an old tray holds a Ball jar filled with wheat and wrapped with a simple ribbon. A pretty fluted tin mold is turned upside-down to support a colored glass bowl full of pecans. A few ears of Indian corn round out the display. Use whatever you have on hand, grouping items together to make a single statement.

    Date Published: November 1, 2012
    Date Updated: October 24, 2014
  • Bring the outside in

    Get the feel of dining outdoors under the trees with these gorgeous centerpieces! Cut a few small branches from your most vividly colored trees, and place them in tall hurricane vases. Add small pumpkins and gourds to the bottom for weight and color. You can also place a few colorful leaves on each charger, and top with a clear plate.

    Date Published: November 1, 2012
    Date Updated: October 24, 2014
  • Beautiful bounty

    Turn seasonal vegetables and fruit like pumpkins, gourds, cabbage, artichokes, pomegranates, and figs into candle and flower holders. Arrange them on a tray, hollow out a small space on top, and insert candles, flowers, sprigs of wheat, and bittersweet. Fill in the gaps on the tray with smaller fruit and nuts. Beautiful!

    Date Published: November 1, 2012
    Date Updated: October 24, 2014
  • Simple country style

    For a simple, yet elegant country centerpiece, trim a few branches of colorful fall foliage, and place them in a tall, sturdy vase. Finish the look with a couple of pumpkins in contrasting shapes and colors. Rather than placing a traditional table runner down the midle of the table, lay a throw or quilt across one corner. 

    Date Published: November 1, 2012
    Date Updated: October 24, 2014
  • Autumn antiques

    Give an antique lantern new life (and light!) with a pair of pillar candles. Place the lantern on a tabletop, mantle, or buffet, and surround it with leaves, gourds, and mini pumpkins.

    Date Published: November 1, 2012
    Date Updated: October 24, 2014
  • Bowled over

    This simple yet elegant display has "country" written all over it, and the muted fall colors are perfect. Arrange your favorite earthenware bowls on the table, and paint a pumpkin to match. Three simple stripes make the pumpkin look like a piece of pottery! Add smaller pumpkins to bowls to complete the arrangement.

    Date Published: November 1, 2012
    Date Updated: October 24, 2014
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