You put hours of work into your Thanksgiving dinner. Your turkey is golden, the cranberries piled in an heirloom crystal bowl, and your mashed potatoes are five-star restaurant worthy. All that’s left to do is make sure your table is ready for this spectacular feast, and what better way to spice it up than by creating a unique centerpiece? Table-scapes and centerpieces add dimension, color, and interest that complements the dishes and gives the meal that special-occasion polish. If you’re placing serving dishes on the table, opt for tall, narrow centerpieces like candlesticks.
45 DIY Thanksgiving Centerpiece Ideas that will (almost) Steal the Turkey’s Show
Small flower arrangements scattered down the length of the table work great if you serve your meal buffet style, or plate dinner in the kitchen before bringing it to the table. You can even use some of your leftover Thanksgiving ingredients in your table display. Bundles of fresh herbs like basil and sage look great tucked into DIY floral arrangements, and a bowl of fruit doubles as an after-dinner snack, just in case anyone still has room after dessert. Best of all, DIY Thanksgiving centerpieces are quick, easy, and inexpensive, so you can spend less time getting ready for your guests and more time enjoying yourself with your friends and family. Check out these eighteen centerpiece ideas for inspiration.
1. Dark Blue and Earth Toned Décor
Creating cozy autumn décor isn’t just about using warm colors. You can successfully blend dark blue with earthy tones of orange and brown to make a stylish centerpiece for your dining room table. Faux leaf plants can help bring the feel of the outdoors right into your home. Of course, a couple of pumpkins really hone in on the spirit of Thanksgiving.
2. Rustic Candle and Pumpkin Box
If you want a more farmhouse feel to your centerpiece, a wooden box is an awesome idea. It’s also a good choice if you’re going for something more casual. The box gives you room to toss in several different autumn-themed items from acorns to small pumpkins. Matching candles can bring the tablescape together as it adds a layer of warmth that’s perfect for celebrating the holiday.
3. Copper and Faux Plants Centerpiece
Copper can make for a wonderful accent look among your other autumn decorations. It can turn your style into something that is both rustic and modern. To fill up the centerpiece, faux plants and berries are useful in keeping to the overall theme. With this being longer to fit the table, you can weave in a handful of tall candles throughout to separate the greenery so it can all flow together.
4. Dark Wooden Boat Fall Tablescape
With a little time and the right tools, you can build an attractive, warm fall tablescape. The wooden “boat” can hold numerous items fitting for the holiday. You can fit plenty of faux fall foliage, a few different pumpkins, and a few candles and candle pillars. Varying the sizes of the candles and pumpkins can ensure that each of the items blends while also standing out among each other.
5. Pumpkin and Eucalyptus Farmhouse Style Box
For those of you looking to step away from traditional-styled decorations, then white pumpkins are an excellent choice. They can instantly attract attention, so you can fill up a wooden box with a handful of these small décor items. The style is further emphasized if the box is given a distressed look. Add in some eucalyptus plants to give the centerpiece a welcoming touch of color.
6. Stunning Colorful Floral Table Arrangement
When you have a larger table, a long centerpiece style may work out best as it can take advantage of the empty tablespace. A good way to do this is to create a beautiful floral arrangement. To keep things from overwhelming the table, consider giving it a low-profile, and the perfect way to ensure they stay in place is by placing the stems inside the foam to act as an anchor. Using multiple colors can bring more life to the setup.
7. Colorful Crafty Floral Pumpkin Centerpiece
A simple, affordable way to decorate for the holidays is with this fun faux pumpkin centerpiece. The white fake carving pumpkin serves as the perfect foundation to fit all of your vividly colored flowers. Using a variety of colors is ideal as it sets the floral arrangement apart from the simple pumpkin. Remember to use a foam block inside so everything stays exactly the way you want them to be.
8. Stunning Small-Sized Coffee Table Fall Décor
Who knew how gorgeous you can make a simple woven tray when you have the right decorative items? It serves as the ideal base to build from to create your compact fall coffee table centerpiece. From there, you can add a variety of autumn-based items like faux pumpkins and faux leaves to surround a candle display. It’s a practical setup that gives your living room a stunning appearance, especially once you light the candle.
9. Fun Dryer Vent Pumpkin Topiary
Dryer vent pumpkins can be absolutely adorable, and although they can work well when used as porch décor, they can still look incredible when stacked as a fall centerpiece for your table. Consider painting them different colors as it can differentiate them better. Also, throw in some craft moss in between to give the topiary some texture as well as make the pumpkins seem a touch more realistic. It’s a great way to allow your tablescape to shine.
10. Wooden Lettered Stair Candle Holder
Candles are always a lovely way to bring a cozy vibe to Thanksgiving dinner, and this centerpiece is ideal as it can make a statement while not getting in the way. The stair-like style offers a sense of flow to the piece, and you have more than enough room to write a saying on one or both sides of the wood that suits you and your family. It’s the personalized touch along with the earthy, autumn colors that make this fitting for the holiday.
11. Rustic Decorative Pumpkin Tablescape Display
This decorative pumpkin display is one of the best Thanksgiving centerpieces for those of you who boast a more farmhouse-like style in your home. The rustic metal container can mesh perfectly with any other rural decorations you may have laying around. There are a few different supplies you’ll need depending on the size of your container. You should be able to fit a good amount of faux fall-themed items, however, such as an assortment of pumpkins, autumn garland, and maybe even some pillar candles.
12. Oversized Wine Glass-Style Candle Holders
For a simple and quick DIY project, you can create beautiful centerpieces using these large candle holders styled as wine glasses. Rather than put candles inside, you can use the spacious holders to contain a variety of decorative items perfect for the autumn season. Mini pumpkins and faux berries tend to look well inside these holders, and thanks to the clear glass design, you can easily show off every angle of your completed look.
13. Colorful Layered Hurricane Vase Candle Holders
A unique approach to a centerpiece, you can take a few hurricane vases and use them as pretty candle holders. Simply place a candle in each vase and fill them up with a variety of beans to create a layered, colorful appearance. There are many different rich colors to choose from to create an autumn look. If you want to create a good contrast, focus on the color of the candle as well to use something that’s the opposite of the beans.
14. Stained Decorative Wooden Box Centerpiece
This wooden box shows that simplicity can still be eye-catching. Depending on the decorative items you use inside the box, you can use about three tall flameless candles. Tiny pumpkins can look incredible inside the box as well. Another aspect that makes this box such a fun idea is that you can easily switch out the décor as the seasons go by so you can keep your centerpiece year-round.
15. Beautiful Fall Veggies Edible Centerpiece
You can bring the holiday spirit to life with this stunning edible centerpiece. It puts some beautiful fall veggies to good use, decorating your Thanksgiving table in style. You can use anything you have in season, really, as the greater the variety, the more colorful the centerpiece will be in the end. Afterward, feel free to donate it off to spread the giving spirit of the season.
16. Faux Pumpkin Centerpiece Thanksgiving Tablescape
Pumpkins never go out of style in autumn, so why not use them to their full potential in a jaw-dropping centerpiece tablescape? There are plenty of incredible things going on with this setup from the large white pumpkins to the smaller, multi-colored pumpkins woven throughout. To further help your main pumpkins stand out, consider adding some fall foliage around them to give off that perfect accent color. The candles also look wonderful alongside the rest of the decorations whether you light them or not.
17. Creative Fruit Kabob Turkey Pumpkin
It’s always nice to bring something unique to the table, and this fruit kabob turkey does just that. This awesome display can be made using any sized pumpkin as that simply determines how many kabobs you are going to place inside it. It is an incredible use of fruit to create not just a cool centerpiece, but also a place where people can just grab what they what, further bringing your family and friends together.
18. Bright Holiday Pumpkin Greenery Centerpiece
You don’t just need to use a warm or earthy color pallet while decorating for Thanksgiving. These cool tones work well all the same. The white and light-colored faux pumpkins paired with the greenery give a pleasant contemporary touch to your decorating. With the painted pinecones and faux leaves added to the setup, you are left with a muted, yet attractive, autumn-themed design.
19. Beautiful Potted Rose and Eucalyptus Arrangement
Using a floral centerpiece is a classic way to go about decorating for Thanksgiving. This one in particular expertly combines white roses with eucalyptus, and although they are not the standard autumn colors, they still blend effortlessly in with the spirit of the season. Having them elevated inside a vintage container helps sell the piece even more. You can always add some extra decorations around the floral arrangement like pumpkins to further lean into traditional autumn décor.
20. Small Golden Pumpkin and Flower Design
Sometimes the simpler an arrangement is the better, and this project will be an incredible centerpiece to use in a small-space setting. This foam pumpkin is uncomplicated to paint a cool golden color to make it seem like it’s worth far more. Once the faux flowers are added to it, the result looks like an artistic, contemporary decorative piece that can be an excellent conversation-starter for guests this holiday season.
21. Vibrant Multicolored Thanksgiving Tablescape Décor
This lively setup is perfect for bringing Thanksgiving to your home all season long. It’s wonderfully bright and colorful that it simply screams autumn, giving off that cozy vibe that reminds you of family and friends coming together. There are many things you can do here from adding faux pumpkins and flower arrangements, to using a matching tablecloth runner for extra contrast.
22. Elegant Colorful Harvest Theme Candle Holders
This quick project transforms common glass containers into warm candle holders befitting the fall season. Although you can use any beans, focusing on different colors in a layered fashion can set the mood better, especially once you light up the candle. You can even change up the order of the beans if you are making several of these. The glass candle holders give off an attractive ambiance that will look wonderful when used for Thanksgiving dinner.
23. Dough Bowl Oatmeal Linen Decorative Pumpkin Display
If you want a centerpiece to instantly snatch attention when someone enters the room, then check out this fun dough bowl project using oatmeal linen pumpkins. You can utilize foam pieces inside so that you can set up all your pieces at different heights and angles so that the piece is less static and flows well. Toss in some other autumn-themed decorations like leaves and pinecones to give the centerpiece more color.
24. Decorative Rustic Candle and Beans Display
You can create a cool rural centerpiece using these rustic candles. Their wooden appearance sells the theme of the fall outdoors, and when you need a splash of color, you can sprinkle in some beans. It’s fun to dye them yourself if you wish to create a specific hue, but you can always use beans that already resemble autumn coloring. Simply place the setup on a tray of your choice that best fits your current décor.
25. Outdoor Style Mason Jar Centerpiece
An interesting way to bring in some rustic charm to your table is with this centerpiece that puts Mason jars to good use. You can add lights inside and a burlap slips around the outside of the jar to give your setup warmth. The cool wreath gives it that outdoors feel, and it works as a great base for you to use additional autumn decorative items and even more lights for ambiance.
26. Festive “Happy Thanksgiving” Painted Pumpkins
Welcome the holiday spirit to anyone that comes into your home with this simple pumpkin display. A little paint goes a long way into morphing these faux pumpkins into something a bit more modern and stylish. The “Happy Thanksgiving” signs are straightforward while still giving the set up a personal touch along with the faux autumn foliage.
27. Traditional Cornucopia Thanksgiving Centerpiece Design
A cornucopia is a classic staple when it comes to Thanksgiving decoration, but you can create your own unique one instead. Since you are creating it yourself, you can make it any size that best serves your table. You can also add some cool decorative items of your choice too for a complete customized centerpiece to get people talking around the table.
28. Overflowing with Blessings Bountiful Crate Centerpiece
This long and lean crate bestows distressed coloring giving the outside lots of character while the inside is overflowing with abundant fall flowers. Keep the decorating going as you continue to spill the harvest’s bounty down the center of the table on both sides this Thanksgiving. From nuts to pumpkins, your tablescape is full of texture and interest to make this family feast one you’ll never forget.