By Tabitha Surface, Extension Agent
The holiday season has officially arrived, and coming soon to a dining room near you is Thanksgiving dinner! By now, you’re probably well on your way to planning your menu and assigning potluck dishes to visiting relatives and friends, but have you planned the table décor? If not, don’t worry. With a little “upcycled” imagination, you probably have most of what you need around the house and in the yard for spectacular decorations.
For a beautiful Thanksgiving centerpiece, look no further than your outdoor fall decorations. Here’s an easy guide to creating a beautiful centerpiece base using that fall pumpkin you’ve had in the yard for a while now!
- Choose a pumpkin and gather your favorite fall flowers.
- Cut a medium hole in the top of the pumpkin.
- Scrape out the guts and the seeds.
- Insert a piece of water absorbent floral foam or use a small jar or can to hold the flowers inside the pumpkin.
- Arrange the flowers in the pumpkin and decorate around it with a harvest from nature: fall branches, acorns and pine cones.
- As a bonus, roast the seeds from the pumpkin for a delicious pre-dinner snack!
If you don’t have a pumpkin handy, and you do have a lot of children at your Thanksgiving table, you might not want to risk your favorite vase for that kids’ table centerpiece. Instead, collect plastic food jars, such as those used for peanut butter. Clean the jars and remove the labels. Then, arrange flowers or fall foliage inside. By filling the bottom with decorative stone, you give the vase weight and add a modern element. The plastic takes spray paint well, so don’t be afraid to experiment and personalize your decorations.
These are a couple of our favorite easy centerpiece ideas using items from around the house and yard. What are some of your favorite trash-to-treasure tips for holiday decorating?