DIY Thanksgiving Centerpieces
Setting the table for Thanksgiving can be a chore if you’ve invited a lot of people. The fun part is that you can make most of the centerpieces yourself in just a few easy steps. Whether you’re looking for something specific, or if you are totally blank and need some good ideas fast, the following are some DIY Thanksgiving centerpieces that anyone can make.

Corn and Candles

What you need:

  • 3.375″ (W) x 10.5″ (H) glass cylinder candle holders
  • 3″ (W) x 9″ (H) white or cream pillar candles
  • 8 ears of Indian corn per candle
  • 6 feet of twine per candle
  • Hot glue and gun

Place the pillar candles inside the candle holders. Attach 8 ears of Indian corn to each candle holder so that they are standing up, ends flush with the bottom of the candle holder. Glue them in place so that they wrap all the way around the holder. Wrap the twine around them as much as you can and tie it off in a knot. Add a dot of glue to the knot so that it holds better.


Pumpkin Topiary

What you need:

  • 3 pumpkins
  • Hot glue and gun
  • Peat moss

Purchase 3 different sized pumpkins. They can all be orange, or you can get one that is white, one that is orange, and one that is green. Try to get pumpkins that are similar in shape, concaving on the top where the stem is. Remove the stems from the largest two, but make sure to leave a stem on the smallest one.

Stack the pumpkins with the largest on the bottom and the smallest on the top. Use hot glue to secure them to each other. The hot glue is only there to help. It will not keep them from coming apart, so be sure to use great care when moving the topiaries. Apply more hot glue to the seams between the pumpkins, and stick peat moss to the glue.


Wheat Sheaves

What you need:

  • As many bunches of wheat as you want centerpieces
  • A large rubber band for each bunch
  • Scissors
  • 2″ wide brown, satin ribbon

Doing one bunch at a time, lay a bunch of wheat stalks on a table. Pick up some of the stalks and wrap your hand around them below the grains. Start to add stalks to the bundle a couple at a time, placing them at different angles, but making sure that the tips always line up at the bottom. You may have to adjust your grip as the bunch will begin to widen. When you have the entire bunch in your hand, wrap a rubber band around where your hand was. Using the scissors, cut along the ends so they are even. Wrap a ribbon around the sheaf to cover up the rubber band and tie it in a double knot. Trim the ends of the ribbon at an angle. Stand the sheaves on the tables.


Pumpkin Vases

What you need:

  • As many pumpkins as you want centerpieces, about the size of a volleyball
  • Wild flowers, silk flowers, or any flowers you want
  • Carving knife

When you purchase your pumpkins, consider getting some in varying colors so that it mixes up the design a bit. Begin by carving a 4″ circle in the top of each pumpkin. Clean out the inside of the pumpkins entirely, scraping the edges to get out as much of the pumpkin guts as you can. You can remove the seeds and set them aside to toast them later. Arrange your flowers in the pumpkins, just as you would arrange them in a vase. Add water so the flowers stay crisp for the evening.


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