Fall has definitely arrived and it's time to decorate for the season. I love the the rich fall colors that can transition from Halloween to Thanksgiving easily.
Here's a fall centerpiece my daughter Jenny made using wood scraps, dollar store finds, and goblets she found at her local Goodwill thrift shop.
The burlap table runner ties the whole thing together. She's lucky enough to have a talented mother-in-law who sews all her curtains and table runners for her. This one is made with burlap cloth and edged with a contrast cotton material they found at the fabric store.
The main centerpiece is the rectangular box made from wood scraps leftover from another project.
It's really simple to make, you can either nail it together or glue it together with Gorilla Wood Glue. (affiliate link)
To make this box just cut 3 long strips of wood (2 sides & bottom), 1×4 works well, and 2 short strips. Join them together to form a box. You can cut the wood any size you want. If you're using Gorilla Wood Glue
follow the instructions on the bottle. You will have to use a vise grip or clamp to hold the pieces together until it dries; let it dry overnight or longer .
Once your box is assembled paint or stain it the color you want. Jenny used a dark chestnut stain.
Let the paint or stain dry overnight.
Fill the box with moss to the height you want. Arrange silk or dry fall leaves inside, add some foam or fresh mini pumpkins and candles. You can use battery operated or wax candles. Pillar candles work best, but you can use any size or type candle you want. If you want to make it more “Halloween” add some floral picks with bats, spiders, and other scary stuff on them.
The “apothecary” type jars are made from goblets she found at the Goodwill thrift shop and jars we use for our candy buffets.
To make the “base” paint the glass goblets with black spray paint. Let dry. Glue on twine to the stem. You will have to glue on as you wind the twine around the stem.
You can glue the jars on to the goblet base using E6000 Clear Craft Adhesive (affiliate link). Gluing it on will be permanent, it will be hard if not impossible to remove the jars from the goblet. If you want to use the jars later for something else then don't glue it on. Instead secure it with 3M Heavy Duty Mounting Tape. (affiliate link). This way you can gently pry the jar off later and re-use it for something else.
She placed glittery skulls inside the jars. The skulls are sitting on top of black corn kernels. She colored popcorn kernels black with spray paint to make them look “old and spooky”. To do this place a layer of popcorn kernels in an old plastic bowl or tray. Spray the kernels with several coats of black spray paint, allow to dry between coats. Flip kernels over and spray the other side the same way.
If you don't want to go thru the trouble or the mess of spray painting kernels of corn you can fill the jars with black marbles, gravel, or other filler, this will be heavier. Or you can just use moss!
When Halloween is over these centerpieces convert easily to Thanksgiving centerpieces by changing the skulls in the jars, and adding acorns, nuts, and mini squashes.