11 Nov

Grateful Mod Centerpiece #2: Table “Forest”

This cute little “table forest” arrangement was so much fun to make – and super easy! It coordinates with the Grateful Mod Tablescape and you could use it as an alternate centerpiece option to the (more involved) design featured on the table, or as accent decor elsewhere at your fall party or Thanksgiving dinner.

Once again, these utilize the free Grateful Mod printables, which were created in honor of Operation Give Thanks, in support of our troops.

Here are the DIY details:

Grateful Mod Printable Patterns & Embellishments (download them here)
Craft circle punches 2 different sizes or a paper circle cutter – (I used 2″ & 2.5″ punches here)
Cookie sticks (available at craft/baking stores)
Glue stick and tacky glue or hot glue
Vase + *vase filler
Floral foam or styrofoam

1. Punch circles from the paper patterns. For each circle, you’ll actually need to glue 2 circles together front-to-back to create double-sided circles with the pattern facing out. This will ensure the arrangements looks good from both sides. Big trees = 3 big circles + 1 small circle. Small trees = 2 big circles + 1 small circle.

2. Glue circles together to form “tree tops” and let dry.

3. Use tacky glue or a hot glue gun to attach the “tree tops” to cookies sticks. Let dry.

4. Fill your vase with foam. Add small pieces if necessary to create a snug fit.

5. Stick the trees into the foam to stand them up.

6. Cover the foam with a bright orange filler. (see note at the bottom regarding filler options)

7. Embellish the vase with a band of ribbon wrapped all the way around the vase, and one of the printable embellishments on both sides. (The embellishment will cover the point where the edges of the ribbon meet, so you can just attach the ribbon to the vase with tape to make things easy since it will be hidden anyways!)


*Vase filler: I used tiny orange styrofoam balls that I bought at Wholesale Flowers in San Diego last year for the vase filler pictured here.  Since it was a seasonal item, I don’t think they always have them in stock. If anyone knows of shopping resources for where to purchase these online, please let me know and I’ll add the link here! And if you can’t find these tiny foam balls, then opaque orange vase gems, bright orange sand, or even orange candies are great alternatives!

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I love it! Is there a tutorial for the first centerpiece?

November 11, 2010 at 9:40 am

jenn s. SAYS:

DIY for the first centerpiece is coming tomorrow! :)

November 11, 2010 at 9:51 am

Mindy SAYS:

so simple, easy and cute!!

November 11, 2010 at 9:44 am

Melina SAYS:

We’re having guests over for dinner on Sunday — I think this is the perfect addition to the table. Thanks for sharing!!

November 11, 2010 at 9:49 am

Tina- Bash Event Studio SAYS:

I love the colors! You can find the tiny styrofoam balls at Hobby Lobby, the colors my differ but I’m quite they have a color that will work with this project.

November 11, 2010 at 11:23 am

Bird SAYS:

I have the exact same punches inthe exact same colors! :)LOVE the tute!! xoxo

November 11, 2010 at 11:48 am

Laurie SAYS:

This is so beautiful! I love that its not the traditional fall leaves and pumpkins!! In one of the images above it looks like full sheets of printed paper was used to cut the circles out of, but I didn’t see the full sheets of paper in the downloaded PDF’s. Will you be adding that to the downloads? Thanks so much for sharing!

November 11, 2010 at 11:53 am

jenn s. SAYS:

OMG – you’re right. Thanks, Laurie! Just added them to Scribd.com and you can download them here: http://www.scribd.com/document_collections/2694476 :)

November 11, 2010 at 12:12 pm

Sandra SAYS:

Love this idea, thanks for the printables and directions. I can’t believe how you have time to post considering your revows this weekend. Best Wishes this weekend and have a faboulous time in Vegas, can’t wait to see the details. Thanks for all the inspiration, you are the BEST thats why I LOVE this website!

November 11, 2010 at 1:27 pm

Douglas (Watkins) SAYS:

Simple yet elegant

November 11, 2010 at 3:12 pm

Tricia @ {every}nothing wonderful SAYS:

Love this – great variation on the cookie stick trend! Interesting and enticing!

November 11, 2010 at 3:49 pm

Maureen from Anders Ruff Custom Designs SAYS:

I love those floral balls…we use it for staging all of the time! (They look like candy! )


November 11, 2010 at 5:19 pm

Kelly SAYS:

This is such a beautiful display! Do you have recommendations for stores where these printables will look best? I was thinking a Kinko’s for the large pattern papers and my home printer for the rest. What are your thoughts?

November 13, 2010 at 7:14 am

Shannon SAYS:

I LOVE this centerpiece but I can’t find the vase anywhere!! Does anyone know where I can get one? I’ve already tried Michael’s, Christmas Tree Shoppes, and Ikea. Thanks!

November 13, 2010 at 6:02 pm

Adrienne SAYS:

Crate and Barrel has square ones but not a rectangle — I’m looking for one too! :)

November 20, 2010 at 3:49 pm

Deepika SAYS:


Suggestions on where
to find vases like this???


December 3, 2010 at 5:08 pm

jenn s. SAYS:

I always buy them at a local San Diego floral supply – and they actually sell them online too! Here’s the link to this exact vase: http://www.wholesaleflowersandsupplies.com/matte_window_box-13in.html

You can also find similar containers at Jamali Garden: http://www.jamaligarden.com/index.php?option=com_products&task=all&mid=16

Hope that helps! :)

December 3, 2010 at 7:58 pm

Jesse SAYS:

This is so cute. My sister gave me an easter gift last year that was a small pail filled with rocks and lollipops sticking out of it like flowers in a pot. She got lollipops from this site. They sell bouquet flower candy, so I’m assuming she bought one of these and just took them apart. It’s a really cute, small Spring gift for someone.


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