1. Use a thin slab of wood to instantly make a vase of flowers look more special:
Owls optional. A lot of craft stores sell slices of tree trunks this time of year, and you can order them here as well. (Or just ask your best lumberjack friend to help you out.)
2. Forgo flowers and display dried stalks of wheat instead:
They’re available at farmer’s markets and in craft stores; the advantage to using these, besides the fact that they are pretty and smell great, is that your sightlines will be much more clear and you can see all of your guests’ smiling faces. This is something to consider with all centerpieces.
3. Make a centerpiece out of corks and candles:
Step 1: Drink every bottle of wine ever so you can tune out your great-aunt’s complaints about the too-dry turkey. Step 2: Follow the actual directions here.
5. Those are ACTUAL GOURDS being used as vases:
This is witchcraft. Get the instructions here.
6. You could also use a pineapple:
Whatever makes you happy. Instructions here.
7. Stack a jar or vase on vintage books:
Pick some up at a used book store or use ones you have that you don’t mind spilling a little gravy on.
8. Or turn an old book into a pumpkin:
To all books everywhere — I am deeply, truly sorry. Directions here.
9. Wrap a page around a jar to make a unique vase:
Measure around the outside of the jar, cut the page down to size, and secure with rubber cement. Again: sorry, books.
10. Mason jars can become all kinds of centerpieces, like these spray-painted ones:
The crafter who made this project used them for Easter, so she applied rabbit decals, but you could leave them plain or pick some other kind of seasonal image (a turkey, perhaps?)
11. Build a surprisingly easy box for your Mason jars for a more cohesive look:
12. If you’re having a space/ rave-themed Thanksgiving (because, who wouldn’t), make these glow-in-the-dark jars as a centerpiece:
Find out how here.
13. Float candles in the jars to light up your table:
You can find floating candles tons of places, like on Amazon.
14. Or float some Granny Smiths:
Apples are in season, after all, and apple-picking is the top 1 best fall activity. This idea comes from Real Simple.
16. Nothing screams “fall” like a tumbler full of cranberries:
If you have a candle stand, great; if not, the cup would still look awesome sitting on the table. Fill a cup with cranberries and a little water, than set a floating candle on top. Do not eat the cranberries as they will be waterlogged and dripping in wax.
17. Cut an old globe in half and fill it with fall foliage:
You can find them at most thrift stores for relatively cheap.
19. No Thanksgiving would be complete without a festive cornucopia:
Martha Stewart shows you how to make one yourself.
20. Use vintage doilies to make this elegant vase: