Five Simple DIY Thanksgiving Centerpieces

For DIYers everywhere, Thanksgiving is one of the holidays we look forward to the most. The beautiful fall colors, people coming together, and just the overall spirit in the air make this time of year perfect for crafting. As we all know, no Thanksgiving table setting can be complete without a centerpiece! Here are ten of our favorite DIY Thanksgiving centerpieces to give you some inspiration going into the holiday season:


1. Bay Leaf Votives

Bayleaf Votives
(Photo courtesy of Good Housekeeping)

Supplies Needed:

  1. Votive candles
  2. Ribbon (color of your choosing)
  3. Scissors
  4. Bay leaves
  5. Hot glue gun


  1. Using the hot glue gun, take individual bay leaves and stick them around the perimeter of the votive candle holders using a small dab of glue near the center of each leaf. Stagger the leaves so that the tips are at varying heights and they overlap over one another.
  2. Measure a piece of ribbon about 1.5 times the length of the circumference of the candle holder and cut it using your scissors.
  3. Take the ribbon and tie it securely around the base of the bay leaves you just glued onto the candle holder, and use a small dab of glue to keep it in place. Tie a pretty little bow at the end to complete the piece!


2. DIY Pumpkin Vase

DIY Pumpkin Vase
(Photo courtesy of South Shore Decorating)

Supplies Needed:

  1. Medium-sized pumpkin
  2. Paring knife
  3. Assorted flowers
  4. Decorative plate


  1. With the paring knife, make a circular cut at the top of the pumpkin wide enough for the flowers you will be arranging inside.
  2. Empty out the contents of the pumpkin. Pro tip: save the seeds and bake them for a delicious snack!
  3. Place pumpkin on a decorative plate that matches your Thanksgiving theme, and arrange the assortment of flowers inside to your liking.

3. Antique Box

DIY Thanksgiving Milk Box Centerpiece
(Photo courtesy of Sarah Joy Blog)

Supplies Needed:

  1. Small pumpkin
  2. Short assorted flowers
  3. Wooden milk crate


  1. This beautiful centerpiece takes very little time to put together! Start with an old milk crate or rustic wooden box.
  2. Nicely arrange an arrangement of flowers throughout two-thirds of the box. We recommend cutting the flower stems relatively short because you don’t want to block guests’ view of the people across from them with a centerpiece this wide!
  3. Take a small ornamental pumpkin and put it into the remaining empty space within the crate. Be sure to find one that’s tall enough to be seen, but also small enough to fit within the milk crate. You can boost the pumpkin up by placing it on a box if needed.

4. Pile of Pears

DIY Pile of Pears Thanksgiving Centerpiece
(Photo courtesy of Good Housekeeping)

Supplies Needed:

  1. One dozen fresh pears
  2. String in a warm, fall color
  3. Scissors
  4. Brown paper bag
  5. Decorative plate
  6. Permanent marker
  7. Hole puncher


  1. Take your brown paper bag and cut out 5-10 leaf-shaped pieces.
  2. Punch a small hole at the small end of the pear-shaped pieces, close to the edge.
  3. On each of the leaves, write festive words like “family” or “love” using your permanent marker.
  4. Take the sayings you’ve just prepared and tie them onto the stems of some of your fresh pears. Make sure not to overdo it. Leave a few pears bare so that the centerpiece is subtle instead of appearing too busy.
  5. Place the newly tied pears and arrange them onto a decorative plate of your choosing, mixing in ones that don’t have sayings along with the ones that have the leaves tied to them.

5. Color-Wrapped Wheat

DIY Color Wrapped Wheat DIY Thanksgiving Centerpiece
(Photo courtesy of Inspired By Charm)

Supplies Needed:

  1. Dried wheat stalks
  2. Embroidery floss
  3. Scissors
  4. Clear glass vase


  1. Divide your wheat stalks into bundles of 3-5 pieces each.
  2. Tie the embroidery floss around the base of each bundle, just below the grains.
  3. From there, wrap the floss for about an inch or two down each of the bundles so that the color really pops.
  4. Cut off any excess. Be sure to vary the color of the string on the various bundles so that your bouquet isn’t one-dimensional.
  5. Place the newly wrapped bundles of wheat into your glass vase, and you’re done!

There you have it! Five simple yet beautiful DIY Thanksgiving centerpieces that will impress any house guest during the holiday season. We hope you enjoyed reading our tips and tricks of the trade. As always, keep crafting!

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