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.

Moss & Candles DIY Thanksgiving Centerpiece

What you need:

  • Glass hurricane
  • Taper candles (with flat ends)
  • Hemp twine
  • Magnolia leaves
  • Dried moss
  • A small object to set the candles up higher (we used a small glass jar)


Group the candles together and tie them with the hemp twine. It helps to lay out your string horizontally and then lay the candles flat on top of it to gather them together. Wrap the hemp twine around the candles 5 times before tying the bow. Sit the candles in the center of the glass hurricane and on top of your small glass jar. Hold them in place as you fill the sides of the hurricane with magnolia leaves and dried moss until the candles stay firmly erect on their own. Light the candles and enjoy the natural, seasonal ambiance this Thanksgiving centerpiece brings to the table!


Pumpkin Topiary DIY Thanksgiving Centerpiece

What you need:

  • 3 pumpkins
  • Wooden floral stakes
  • Fresh flowers
  • Hot glue and gun
  • Dried moss
  • Leaves (optional)


Purchase 3 different sized pumpkins. They can all be orange, or a mix of colors (we chose white and orange pumpkins). 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.

Place 3 wooden floral stakes on the top of the bottom (largest) pumpkin and middle pumpkin. Glue your moss to the outside top edge of the pumpkin and connect the middle pumpkin on top using the stakes to secure them together. Repeat the same steps with the middle and top pumpkin. Apply the fresh flowers between each pumpkin by simply sticking them through the moss. Use your new DIY Thanksgiving centerpiece on your dining table or anywhere you would like to display it. You can also fan out some leaves under your pumpkin topiary for a finishing touch. *Be careful when transporting the topiary and hold it from the bottom while carrying.


Wheat Sheaves DIY Thanksgiving Centerpiece

What you need:

  • As many bunches of wheat as you want centerpieces
  • A large rubber band for each bunch
  • Scissors
  • 2″ wide brown or dark green 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 DIY Thanksgiving Centerpieces

Orange Pumpkin Vase with Fresh Flowers

What you need:

  • As many pumpkins as you want centerpieces, each about the size of a volleyball
  • Wild flowers, berries, twigs, or a mix of your favorite seasonal items
  • 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.

White Pumpkin Vase with Ornamental Cabbages

What you need:

  •  As many pumpkins as you want centerpieces, about the size of a volleyball
  • Ornamental winter cabbages (any color you like or a variety of colors)
  • Carving knife


Follow the same carving procedure as above.  Arrange the cabbage bouquets as you would flowers and add water to keep them fresh. *Optional: Place a small glass in the center of the pumpkin for a tighter bouquet. You can also add water to the glass to keep the cabbages fresher longer.


Corn & Candles DIY Thanksgiving Centerpiece

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 glue 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.

Easy Thanksgiving Centerpieces

Thanksgiving centerpiece ideas

For a quick solution, purchase a Sunflower Centerpiece that’s covered in realistic-looking fall leaves, berries and real pine cones. Just add some battery-operated flameless candles to the centerpiece to showcase your table settings. It’s 30″ long so if you have a long Thanksgiving table, be sure and get 2 and leave a little space between them on the table when you set them up. If you have a smaller table, set up some fall candle rings in front of each table setting or set multiples up all around your food trays on the table. If you have a lot of single tray dishes, add some height to your table with a lighted Pumpkin Tabletop Tree and surround it with small fake pumpkins.

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