No-Fuss Thanksgiving Centerpiece

Will Thanksgiving be at your house this year? Do you have your dinner table all planned out? I’m here to save you some time and energy by giving you a no-fuss solution. This centerpiece is inexpensive, easy and foolproof–what else do you need?!

Thanksgiving DecorI’ll get right down to it because let’s face it, heading into the holiday season every minute counts. For this centerpiece, you will need:

  • A glass vase
  • Boards from a pallet
  • Sandpaper
  • White spray paint & white latex paint
  • Paint brush
  • Polycrylic
  • Dried leaves
  • Pine cones
  • Berry stems
  • Hemp rope

I know this looks like a long list but it really isn’t. First, I had my husband pry 4 boards from an old pallet. This particular pallet had shorter, thinner boards than most which is what I was looking for but you can use any length and number of boards you prefer. I sanded each board just so there weren’t any splinters sticking out, but I left them pretty rough to suit the look of the centerpiece. Next I scrubbed the boards with steel wool because pallets are generally pretty dirty. Once dry, I painted the boards with some off-white latex paint using my homemade chalk paint recipe, making sure to leave plenty of bare wood. If you go the chalk paint route, the paint dries almost immediately which saves lots of time. I finished the boards with a coat of polycrylic since they will be so close to food (again, pallets are very dirty).

In my yard and surrounding area, I collected wild berry branches (no idea what they’re called but they’re prevalent in the Northeast this time of year), pine cones and leaves (I used a mix of Maple, Oak and Sassafras). I allowed the leaves to air dry for a few days before spray painting one side of each leaf white (one coat did the trick on most leaves).

I loosely wrapped hemp rope around the vase to tie it in with the place mats. The rest is pretty simple: I staggered the pallet boards as an anchor to the centerpiece on my dining room table and layered everything on. Believe me, there was no process to this Thanksgiving centerpiece and some of the main elements could easily be swapped out for those more available to you. I’d love to see what you come up with for your Thanksgiving centerpiece! Here are a few more shots of my Thanksgiving table:

Thanksgiving Decor


Thanksgiving Table

Rustic Thanksgiving Table




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