How to Make Fall Centerpieces


Centerpieces complete the table, whether you need them for a holiday dinner or just want something pretty to spice up the table daily. Fall provides many decorating elements to integrate into your centerpieces, whether you use the colors of the season or one of the many natural items provided by fall harvests. Centerpieces should reflect the size of the table, advises the University of Kentucky Extension Service. Use autumn elements that aren't too large for smaller tables, but avoid small centerpieces on large tables.

Pumpkin Centerpiece

Step 1

Cut the top quarter off a pumpkin then remove the seeds and pulp. Use a pumpkin sized appropriately for your table. Substitute a carvable foam pumpkin from a craft store for a longer lasting centerpiece.

Step 2

Place a bowl inside the pumpkin. Use a bowl that is short enough so the sides do not protrude over the top of the opening in the pumpkin.

Step 3

Fill the bowl with water. Add a cut flower preservative to help extend the life of the flowers.

Step 4

Arrange mums, asters or other fall flowers in the bowl. Use at least two colors other than orange, such as red and yellow, to add brightness and visual interest to the arrangement.

Candle Centerpiece

Step 1

Group three pillar candles of three varying heights on top a flat candle base. Choose a fall-appropriate color, such as yellow or pale orange. Alternately, use a neutral cream-colored candles. Combine colors if desired, for example using two orange and one cream-colored candle.

Step 2

Insert fall leave picks into a foam wreath base that is large enough to slip over the grouping of candles. Intersperse fall flower picks among the leaves to add more color.

Step 3

Set the candles on the table then slip the wreath over the candles to form a decorative base. Lay small gourds or loose silk fall leaves on the table around the centerpiece if desired.

Tips and Warnings

  • Never leave candles burning unattended.

Things You'll Need

  • Pumpkin
  • Knife
  • Bowl
  • Floral preservative
  • Flowers
  • Pillar candles
  • Candle base
  • Wreath form
  • Silk leaves and flower picks
  • Gourds


  • University of Kentucky Extension: Centerpieces and Table Decorations
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Jenny Harrington has been a freelance writer since 2006. Her published articles have appeared in various print and online publications, including the "Dollar Stretcher." Previously, she owned her own business, selling handmade items online, wholesale and at crafts fairs. Harrington's specialties include small business information, crafting, decorating and gardening.