Fall Garden Centerpieces – DIY Fall Décor Centerpiece Ideas

Fall Garden Centerpiece With Fruits And Fall Plants
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As the summer garden winds down, the grasses fade and seedpods take on a brown, mottled hue. That is nature’s cue to start collecting elements for a DIY fall centerpiece. Here are ideas for a fall centerpiece that should get your creative juices flowing.

Making a Fall Centerpiece from the Garden

The backyard is full of interesting finds that can be combined with fruits, flowers, pumpkins, and gourds for fall décor centerpiece ideas. Add a creative container or carved out pumpkin to show off your bounty.

First, visualize a theme. Do you want to emphasize certain colors? Do you want an outdoorsy, dried look or a whimsical, pumpkin filled arrangement?

Start collecting the backyard bounty. Take a stroll through the garden and pick up dried seedpods, pinecones (if you have pine trees), interesting bits of wood and branches, clusters of berries, ornamental grass seed heads, sprigs of colored leaves, fall-blooming flowers, evergreen boughs, magnolia leaves, and anything else that strikes your fancy. 

Choose a container. Do you want a centerpiece for a long table arrangement, or for a smaller table? A pitcher filled with dried elements from the garden could decorate a side table. Fall garden centerpieces especially beg for out-of-the-box containers, such as antique pieces, nostalgic tins, or woodsy finds. Do not forget, carved out pumpkins or gourds make great floral containers, as do glass. Once you have the container, it will give you more ideas for filling it.

Fill your chosen container. With container and outdoor filler in hand, decide what goes in it. Ideas for a fall centerpiece include small, different shaped gourds, all sizes candles, fruits, nuts, small pumpkins, and flowers. A walk through the local garden center will yield many possibilities to add to your centerpiece. Some of these may include:

Additional Fall Décor Centerpiece Ideas

Cornucopias are a traditional fall centerpiece that can be modernized with current colors and real fruits and nuts instead of plastic and silk. For a quick arrangement, line a pedestal cake plate with fall leaf twigs, then top with gourds and dried corn cobs. A large, clear glass vase or candleholder can be filled with goodies around the candle. Nuts, acorns, candy corn, small gourds, pumpkins, and small oranges are a few ideas for filler.

Also, once the arrangement is finished, add other components such as a wood tray underneath with candles or small pumpkins or gourds added on the tray for a distinctive look.

Don’t forget you can browse online for more inspiration.

Susan Albert

After graduating from Oklahoma State University with a degree in English, Susan pursued a career in communications. In addition, she wrote garden articles for magazines and authored a newspaper gardening column for many years. She contributed South-Central regional gardening columns for four years to Lowes.com. While living in Oklahoma, she served as a master gardener for 17 years.