Well, it officially feels like fall here.
After the deluge of the past several days, the sun is out (no joke, it’s been two weeks since we’ve had sun here in coastal NC), and it’s a delightful 69 degrees with very comfortable humidity. My windows are open, and the cool breeze is just what the doctor ordered to recover from the past two weeks and to put my mind in fall mode.
So, to that end, I want to share with you my Fall through Thanksgiving table centerpiece. My centerpiece this year is holding together what my linen tablecloth and felted acorn napkin rings started and is staying with neutral/fall colors with a metallic dash for extra zing.
One of the items I worked into and throughout my table setting was the copper color from my chargers. Truth time, these chargers cost me less than a dollar each at Michael’s Arts and Crafts recently, but I love the color and the feel that they give my table. So when it came time for my centerpiece, weaving that copper color into it was key. I accomplished this with my silver glazed pumpkins, as well as the little velvet pumpkins. The velvet pumpkins were a bit of a splurge, but I rationed that my $1 chargers and my recycled plastic pumpkins more than offset that extravagance.
So, here’s what’s in my Centerpiece:
- 2 Velvet Posh Pumpkins in Bittersweet
- 4 branches of gold/orange silk leaves, which I took apart. They were cleverly called “Fall Foliage Bundles” at Michael’s and were a bargain at $1.29 a pop.
- Dried Lotus Pods. These came 3 to a bundle at Michael’s.
- Pinecones from my yard
- Silver Glazed Pumpkins (see below)
- 2 branches onto which I wired some wool felted acorns.
- I spiraled some of the raffia wire that I use for the napkin rings.
Putting the centerpiece together was very easy. I filled the base with plain pinecones and then placed the more ornamental items on top, jabbing the fall foliage in a couple of places, along with the branches and the twirled raffia wire.
To Make the Silver Glazed Pumpkins:
- I scrounged through my attic rounding up a few of the little random pumpkins I had purchased over the years at The Dollar Store or Wal-Mart.
- After first painting them a true brown which didn’t do it for me, I went back and repainted them with a Burnt Sienna acrylic paint.
- Then I dry brushed them in silver acrylic paint, making sure there was very little paint on my brush and making sure that I went in all directions. By ‘dry brush’ I mean wipe as much paint off of your brush as possible so that you are just putting a little bit of glaze of the paint on your pumpkin. I stayed away from the crevices as much as possible as that’s where I wanted the copper to show through.
- Let them dry…easy Peasy Pumpkin Squeezy!
If you still need more fall decor ideas, check out my fall ‘open house’ with natural decor for more inspiration!
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