25 Nov

DIY Decor: “Give Thanks” Centerpiece

Thanksgiving table centerpiece idea

Looking for a last-minute centerpiece idea for Thanksgiving? Here’s a project that can easily be tailored to your own color palette and the decorative materials available to you. The most important element of this concept is the “give thanks” message, so head to the scrapbook aisle of your favorite craft store to find chipboard letters similar to the ones pictured here!

(DIY details are below.)



You’ll need:
Rectangular vase or planter
green floral foam (approx 1.5 bricks)
black river rocks
white lollipop sticks
chipboard letters
decorative gourds (real or artificial)
artificial orchid leaves or other greenery
satin ribbon (1.5 – 2″ wide)
hot glue gun
tape and/or craft glue

Fill the vase with floral foam, trimming the foam as necessary to fit. Make sure to leave at least 1″ of space between the top of the foam and the rim of the vase. Cover the foam with river rocks.

Insert the artificial orchid leaves (or other greenery) at an angle into the foam on one side of the vase, and place the decorative gourds around it.

Embellish the vase with a band of satin ribbon.

Using the chipboard letters and craft or hot glue, add the word “thanks” to the ribbon on the front side of the vase.

Using a hot glue gun, secure each letter in the word “give” onto its own lollipop stick. Let the glue dry, then insert the 4 sticks through the rock layer and into the floral foam so that the finished centerpiece reads “give thanks”!


Thanksgiving table centerpiece idea

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what a great idea! cute and simple.

November 25, 2009 at 12:11 pm

maria SAYS:

I love it!!!! it’s a very cute idea.

November 25, 2009 at 12:31 pm

Leslie SAYS:

That’s a great idea! It actually looks like it would be fairly easy to make.

Happy Thanksgiving!

November 25, 2009 at 12:54 pm

Lorell SAYS:

Thanks for the idea, very cute!!! I wanted to say that I love your blog and everything you do. You must give thanks to God every day for your great talent. I am starting my blog and have posted some of my ideas. If you have the time, please stop by. Happy Thanksgiving!

November 26, 2009 at 8:18 am

Cate O'Malley SAYS:

Love the simplicity!

November 26, 2009 at 7:58 pm

Michele, Fivein5 SAYS:

What a cute and simple centerpiece! A simple and beautiful idea that can be used any day. Happy Thanksgiving!

November 27, 2009 at 1:23 pm

Cameron SAYS:

So clever! You could modify and use for other holidays, as well. For example, at Christmas, you could fill the box with small Christmas balls or candy canes and use the letters to spell Merry Christmas or Happy Holidays…the possibilities are endless. Thanks for the great idea!

November 29, 2009 at 9:07 am

down pillow SAYS:

Love this centerpiece – so simplified & modern :)

November 29, 2009 at 9:43 pm

Splash! Posters SAYS:

Simple, beautiful, meaningful.

Unique, too, (probably no longer.. now that everyone is going to make one for her home.)

December 22, 2009 at 11:36 pm
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