Vegetable Decor: Thanksgiving Centerpieces For Less Than $10

Ever since the Remodelista editors spottedartichokes, carrot greens, and whole beets used as tabletop flowers (see Babel Restaurant in Cape Town), they’ve been seeing vegetables in a new light.With their dark, leafy greens, winter vegetables in particular are perfect for decorating a long Thanksgiving table: they’re cost efficient (totaling under $10 for as many as ten arrangements) and you can add the leftovers to the soup stock. Here’s how to recreate the look for your holiday table:

The Arrangements

Above: All of the leafy produce in your vegetable bin are fair game: just pick a vase to roughly match the shape of your veg.


DIY Winter Vegetables as Decor | Remodelista

  • 2 fennel bulbs with stems attached
  • 1 bunch green chard
  • 1 bunch heirloom carrots, tops included
  • 3 leeks of varying sizes
  • 1 bunch white radishes
  • 6 to 10 clear-glass vessels of any sort: Remodelista editor Alexa used a Chemex Coffee Maker, a Bedside Water Carafe, the carafe’s cup, a vintage glass vase, and four Weck Glass Storage Jars in different sizes.


DIY Winter Vegetables as Decor | Remodelista

Step One: Wash and clean the vegetables and dry excess water from the leaves.

DIY Winter Vegetables as Decor | Remodelista

Step Two: Fill vases with water about halfway full; be prepared to pour out water when adding weighty items such as fennel bulbs.

DIY Winter Vegetables as Decor | Remodelista

Step Three: Add the vegetables in groups to the vases. For each vase, decide if you want the stems and roots to be fully or halfway submerged, or sitting on top of the lip (this works well for radishes and other round vegetables).

DIY Winter Vegetables as Decor | Remodelista

Above: Two carrots criss-cross in a Chemex Coffee Maker put touse as a vase.

DIY Winter Vegetables as Decor | Remodelista

Above: The finished set looks hearty in a group; it can also be paraded down the length of a table, mantel, or kitchen shelf.

Looking for more Thanksgiving decor ideas? If so, visit 5 Quick Fixes: Elevating the Napkin, Thanksgiving Edition.


Kate S.
Kate S3 years ago


Billi Holmes
Past Member 3 years ago

Different and interesting!

Edo R.
Edo R4 years ago

Thanks for sharing!

Duane B.
.4 years ago

Thank you for sharing.

Rehana VN
Rehana V4 years ago

Tacky. Better used to feed someone.

Jonathan Harper
Jonathan H4 years ago


Natasha Salgado
Past Member 4 years ago

Interesting...but I prefer pretty flowers! Thank you

Vicky P.
Vicky P4 years ago


Aud Nordby
Aud n4 years ago