DIY Table Decor: Fall
Easy Autumn Pumpkin Wreath Centerpiece
With a handful of affordable supplies from the craft store, you can easily create your own wreath centerpiece that's both elegant and versatile enough to use throughout the season – although it'll look fantastic on your table at Halloween!
How To Make A Pumpkin Wreath Centerpiece
- 12″ grape vine wreath
- 8″ glass hurricane candle holder (be sure it fits in the center of the wreath)
- Orange pillar candle
- 27-piece box of silk autumn leaves*
- 62-piece box of mini pumpkins and gourds*
- Hot glue gun
- Pick out about a dozen each of the leaves and mini pumpkins/gourds to start. You may wish to use more as you progress, but twelve is a good start.
- Let your glue gun heat up, and then bead a thin line along the back of each leaf – try to follow the vertical “vein” in the leaves. Press each leaf (tips pointing outward) gently onto the grape vine wreath, alternating colors if you wish.
- When all twelve leaves have been attached, you can decide if you'd like to add any more. Next, bead a small dot of glue on the back of each mini pumpkin/gourd and press firmly into the center of each leaf. You can alternate between pumpkins and gourds or use all of one kind.
- When you're done, most of the grape vine wreath should be covered in leaves and pumpkins. If you're satisfied with the result, move on to the next step. Otherwise, add more leaves or pumpkins/gourds as you see fit.
- Lastly, place your orange candle in the hurricane glass and set it in the middle of the wreath. You can tie a raffia ribbon around the candle, though you'll probably want to remove it when the candle is lit to avoid a fire hazard.
That's it – a quick and easy autumn pumpkin wreath centerpiece that can be used for years to come!
Undoubtedly, you'll have left over leaves and mini pumpkins/gourds. When setting your table for company, try scattering the leaves around each place setting. You can also fill a clear glass vase or bowl with the remaining pumpkins for an extra tabletop accent.
Two More Easy Projects for Your Autumn Table
These two simple, autumn-inspired table decor projects are as easy to make as they are pretty, and all the materials should be readily available at your local craft store.
How To Make Our Fall Pumpkin Trio
A trio of pumpkins is an easy centerpiece to transform your table or mantle from summer to autumn in a snap.
- For the Pumpkins: Find faux pumpkins at your local craft store and paint them in metallic shades or the fall colors you like best.
- For the Bases: Paint wooden candle holders (or find some unique ones at a thrift shop) and attach the pumpkins with hot glue.
How To Make Our Embossed Leaf Pillar Candle
- White pillar candle (unscented)
- White tissue paper
- Wax paper
- Heat gun or hair dryer
- Leaf rubber stamps
- Pigment ink pad
- It's actually quite easy to make your own decorative candles. Make sure the surface of your candle is clean before beginning (use rubbing alcohol).
- Take a single sheet of white tissue paper and stamp your leaves. With your scissors, trim close to the edges of the leaf design.
- Next, get a piece of wax paper that's just tall enough to cover the height of the candle, but also long enough to wrap around the circumference with some to spare.
- Place your tissue paper leaf on the candle and wrap the wax paper around it, pulling it taut.
- Using a heat gun or hair dryer on the hottest setting, heat the area of the leaf design for 15 to 20 seconds – you should see the wax softening and the tissue paper becoming more transparent.
- Remove the heat source and carefully peel the wax paper away while it's still warm. Repeat for each design.