How To Make A Fall Table Centerpiece

I love the Fall, and decorating this time of year is one of my favorite things to do.  As I sweep the porch, and hang up my autumn wreaths I like to not only decorate the outdoor areas, but bring some of the beautiful colors from nature into my home. 
After the garlands are hung and fall spice-scented fragrances fill the air, I like to fill my home with the people I love, and share a warm meal after a day spent together carving pumpkins or baking together.  A lovely centerpiece for the middle of your dining room table, buffet, or kitchen island does not need to break your decorating budget.  And it also does not require hard-to-find components. 
I have to share a little secret with you, I am dreaming of a new dining room set this season.  I am working on the table, but need the chairs to go with it.  So far, I have found a few beautiful ideas and am leaning towards a rich, dark brown or black dining room chair.  I think this new centerpiece I made will go perfectly with the direction our room is taking.  Let’s get crafty!

What you need:

  1. Plastic or ceramic garden urn.
  2. Candle holder or small candelabra.
  3. Spray paint: I used a satin finish black spray paint for the urn, and antique white spray paint for the candle holder.
  4. A strip or burlap or fabric to tie about the urn, about 1-1 1/2 yards long, depending on the size of urn used.
  5. Dried moss, and floral picks from the craft store.  I used chartreuse moss, little hydrangeas and small green apples.
  6. Fine grit sandpaper, scissors, hot glue, antique white acrylic paint (to age the urn) and a small foam brush.


  1. I began by using two good coats of black satin finish spray paint on my urn.  While it was drying I applied two coats of antique white spray paint to the candeholder, and allowed both to dry well.
  2. I frayed the edges a bit on my strip of burlap and set it aside. 
  3. Using a dry foam brush, and dabbing it in a bit of antique white acrylic paint, I lightly brushed it over the edges of the dry urn.  I like to use this reverse-distressing technique when I do not have a light surface underneath to bring forward with sanding.
  4. I used a piece of sandpaper to gently distress the edges of the dry candle holder, filled it with candles, and set it inside the urn.
  5. I used a bag of moss around the base of the candle holder, then tucked in my floral picks around the edges.
  6. Using a dab of hot glue on the back of the urn I glued the center of the burlap strip in place, then brought the ends around the front, tied and trimmed them so they were just the right length.
I used a bamboo table runner under the centerpiece, but I have my eye on a couple beautiful fall table runners too.  A girl cannot just have a couple table runners.  That would be like having a couple purses or a couple pairs of earrings, impossible.
Thank you so much for getting crafty with me today! This little centerpiece was so much fun to make and I was able to use it for the first time last night for a dinner party.  I am already thinking about how easy it would be to change the flowers and candles and have a centerpiece for the winter months as well.  I will let you know if she undergoes a mid-November makeover.  Until next time, blessings to you and your family and happy creating!
xoxo, Tanya

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  1. I love all the decorating opportunities for the fall season. Your arrangement looks pretty and I am sure it will look lovely on your table.

  2. very creative! Looking nice!

  3. I love that you re purposed common ideas to create something fabulous.
    It looks fantastic!

    I too am a master designer. 🙂

  4. Very cute, and so easy to do! Also perfect being able to change it up for the season. Great job!

  5. Beautiful!!! Love the layers. Great idea 🙂

  6. its' lovely!!! xo

  7. It's beautiful Tanya! Love the scale of the piece and all the organic elements you used.

  8. What a lovely creation! Thanks for sharing your idea with us!

  9. It looks great. I especially love the moss and burlap.

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