If you ask us, there’s more to providing your family a good Thanksgiving dinner experience than just putting delicious food on the table (although that is undoubtedly the most important thing). We also love building a sense of atmosphere through themed and seasonal decor! Yes, that also includes the dinner table. You might be surprised just how much a centrepiece can achieve when it comes to setting the stage for a festive dinner. That’s why we’ve been on the lookout for awesome DIY Thanksgiving centerpieces that we might try our hand at making!
Are you feeling just as interested as we are, if not more, in creating a homemade Thanksgiving centrepiece for this year’s table? Check out these 15 fantastic ideas, designs, and tutorials that we’ve come across so far in our search for inspiration.
1. Pumpkin menu centrepiece
If you’re going to start entertaining the idea of building atmospheres, would you love to go all out and provide your guests with a menu and everything, just like they’re eating in a gourmet restaurant? Then we think this very firs idea might be the one for you, right off the bat! Check out how The Merry Thought made a custom table menu centrepiece on the face of a pumpkin.
2. Simple fall bouquet centrepiece
If you’re in a little bit of a hurry and don’t have much to work with right now, why not put together a simple fall bouquet? After all, a selection of nice seasonal autumn things can be just as pleasing to the eye as flowers in the summer! We love the way A Blissful Nest outlines their process for putting together this case of twigs and dried fall flowers on a plaid throw.
3. Pumpkin, candle, pinecone, and cranberry box
Do you love the idea of a stylishly scattered and gathered looking centrepiece but you’re just not sure it will survive your family’s dinner if you let it spread too far across the table, straying from the centre? In that case, we think you might really appreciate the way 724 South House kept their cranberries and miniature pumpkins contained in a rustic chic wooden box in order to make their centrepiece! Add a few candles to light and there you’ll have the atmosphere we were talking about earlier as well.
4. Pinecone, gourd, and grass filled tray
Were you quite intrigued indeed by the idea of making some kind of slightly more contained gathered centrepiece but you’re just not sure the wooden box idea is quite the one for you? Then perhaps you’d prefer to create something similar but on a flatter slightly wider tray. Check out this tutorial from A Piece of Rainbow to learn more about how they created theirs using leaves, grass, pinecones, and gourds.
5. DIY pumpkin vase
If you’re going to involve a pumpkin in your centrepiece, would you rather embellish it with a little more than some stencilled paint? Then perhaps you’d prefer to take a look at the way A Pumpkin and A Princess turned theirs into a vase to hold a beautiful autumn bouquet! In fact, you could even combine this idea with the painted dinner menu centrepiece quite easily in order to really make use of your pumpkin.
6. Rustic branch turkey centrepiece
If you’re going to put in the time and effort it takes to make your very own Thanksgiving centrepiece, would you rather create something that you actually have to construct the full shape of from scratch? Well, if the idea of working with natural supplies appeals to you, then we think you’re going to get a real kick out of the way Made in A Day created this turkey centrepiece made entirely from twigs and branches!
7. 5-minute log and tea light autumn centrepiece
If you have a large table to work with and access to a sizeable branch and simple household power tools, then we think you might appreciate just how quickly Jenna Burger shows you how to make this beautifully rustic tea light log centrepiece happen! Even if you don’t light the candles, surrounding it with leaves and miniature pumpkins like you see here makes for a stunning autumn woodland aesthetic.
8. Simple Indian corn and gourd glass vases
Are you working with even less time than the projects you’ve seen so far actually allot for but you’re still feeling determined to make your own centrepiece and present a nice table? In that case, we’d absolutely suggest taking a look at how Classy Mommy used simple glass vases filled with dried Indian corn and differently shaped small gourds to create something interesting and unique!
9. Beautiful dough bowl centrepiece
Are you actually still thinking about how much you loved the tray based centrepiece idea but you can’t help wishing the tray matched your ideal fall rustic aesthetic a little better? Then we have a feeling the way D’Amore 1896 used an oblong wooden dough bowl as their base might be right up your alley! We’re also totally in love with how they used snowy white cotton and fabric pumpkins alternated with branches to fill the dough bowl simply but beautifully.
10. Mini paper pumpkins
If you’re going to get really craft with your centrepiece, would you actually rather make something that’s simple enough for even your kids to get in on the creation process for? Then we’d definitely suggest checking out how easily Craftaholics Anonymous made these lovely card paper pumpkins by cutting orange paper into strips and fastening them end to end strategically. It’s actually even simpler to do than it looks here.
11. Thankful turkey tail feather centrepiece
Are you the kind of DIY enthusiast who will gladly use just about any project as an opportunity to do a little bit of upcycling, especially with things you might already have lying around your house? In that case, we’re pretty convinced that this next design from Dandelion Patina might be right up your alley! They show you how to make a thankfulness turkey centrepiece, making the tail feathers out of paint stir sticks and old forks you’re not using in the kitchen anymore.
12. Colour wrapped wheat bouquet
Are you actually a little bit of a minimalist in your sense of personal and decor style, even when it comes to dressing things up a little? In that case, we think you might get along a little better with something like this colour wrapped wheat bouquet outlined step by step on Inspired by Charm! They show you how to add a little colour pop to the stems using bright embroidery floss before gathering the wheat into a vase like flowers.
13. DIY apple candle holders
Did you really love the idea of cutting tea light sized holes into a piece of nature and making a beautiful fall candle holder for your table but you just don’t have the space to be placing a whole tree branch in the middle of your dining room if you still want enough room to eat dinner? Then we’d encourage you to try this cute apple candle idea outlined step by step on Juniper Home instead! We like that this project gives you the option of making many and scattering them all over the place, or just a few.
14. Succulent cornucopia
If you come from the kind of family or from a particular place that celebrates harvest just as heavily as Thanksgiving around this time of year then we’re sure you’re already familiar with just how beautiful looking a cornucopia can be! We love the way Succulents and Sunshine put a slightly more contemporary and trendy spin on theirs, however, by filling it with succulents instead of just fruits and vegetables.
15. Raised book and vase centrepiece in a burgundy, navy, and gold tablescape
Do you actually already have a set of candlesticks and cases that you like to set out with your good china and silverware for nice holiday meals but you’re still hoping to add a little something extra to the scene? Then we’d suggest checking out how easily Shades of Blue Interiors established a fall inspired colour scheme with their linens and mirrored it in a self gathered autumn nature bouquet, then raised that even higher up as the centrepiece by setting it on some stacked books that match the scheme.
Have you made another kind of lovely DIY Thanksgiving centrepiece before that you were very happy with indeed but that you don’t see here on our list? Tell us all about what you created and how you did it or link us to photos of your finished work in the comments section!