Make this simple but stunning pumpkin centerpiece to match your Thanksgiving table decorations. The red, blue, yellow color scheme is a fun variation on fall colors.
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Don’t you love the warm colors of fall decor? I do and I thought I’d create a fun variation that adds even more color to my Thanksgiving table.
We host “Friendsgiving” dinner each year for three families and sometimes a few other guests. To be totally honest, our weeknight dinners are usually in front of the tv in the living room. So that means having a big crowd around the dining table is really special.
I wanted to do something fun to decorate without spending a ton or making my guests feel like I’m trying to be too fancy. After all, our crowd is people who have known each other since college and our messy, messy kids.
You can easily make this pumpkin centerpiece to match your own decor. All you need are a few faux pumpkins and flowers.
How to make Thanksgiving decorations
- 6 assorted medium pumpkins and gourds
- 1 bag assorted small pumpkins
- Rust-Oleum Ultra Cover 2X White Primer
- light blue and dark blue paint
- 1-inch sponge brushes
- rectangular basket
- silk sunflowers
This is pretty easy to put together and you can use any combination of paint colors and choice of flowers. I love the red, blue, yellow color scheme and it matches my kitchen.
Start by painting the pumpkins. I sprayed mine with primer and then hand-painted them using a sponge brush and some leftover paint samples that match our walls.
Since these pumpkins are foam, the primer was essential to getting the blue paint to stick. You could also use paint made specifically for foam or use a spraypaint (which would be faster too).
After the pumpkins were dry, I used scissors to cut one bunch of the sunflowers into individual flowers. I left a long stem on each flower but separated them from the main bunch.
Then I just piled everything in the basket.
I put in a few sunflowers, then the big pumpkins and gourds. Then I stuck in a few more sunflowers in between and sprinkled the little pumpkins on top to fill in the gaps.
Thanksgiving tablescape inspiration
I picked this color scheme because it matches the rest of my home. The sunflowers are also a hat tip to the Van Gogh artwork in my living room.
The rest of my Thanksgiving tablescape is things I already had. One of the best decorating tips I’ve ever heard was to choose a whole-house color scheme. That way no matter what decor you buy or DIY, it will always match.
I don’t always stick to that rule – unless you could rainbow as a color scheme – but I do try to be more intentional about my dining table.
The red and blue tablecloth is vintage from my husband’s grandma.
The candlestick holders are thrifted and the red tapers were purchased for Christmas. (See – I can use them for any holiday because they match!)
My flatware is from Ikea. I bought a ton of it because it was cheap and we need to serve at least a dozen on big holidays. It instantly became our everyday flatware too.
The sunflower placemats are thrifted.
I made the paper pumpkin place cards and you can find the tutorial over at Ideas for the Home by Kenarry.
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