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Thanksgiving Tablescape: 5 DIY Decorations

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1. Fall Fruit Centerpiece

For me, a Thanksgiving centerpiece is all about celebrating fall’s bounty, and one easy way to do that is to bring that fall food into your decor. Here’s how!


  • Large, shallow bowl, tray, or large vase
  • enough red apples to fill your centerpiece, plus one pear (see below for variations, if apples and pears aren’t your thing!)
  • roll of twine


Fill the container 2/3 of the way with your apples, place the pear artfully, so it’s visible, then fill the rest of the way with the apples. Wrap the twine around the top of your container a few times, then tie a knot. I like to leave the loose ends on the longish side, so they dangle onto the table a bit.


Not crazy about red with a pop of green? Here are some other ideas:

  • change the ratio – make it mostly pears with one apple or use all one color, like in the photo above
  • use a mix of apples in different colors
  • try tiny gourds
  • fill with pine cones
  • use whole walnuts (in the shell) and fresh cranberries in your container

Up next: Miniature gourd place settings

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Becky Striepe

Becky Striepe is a freelance writer and vegan crafter living in Atlanta, Georgia. Her life’s mission is to make green crafting and vegan food accessible to everyone! Like this article? You can follow Becky on Twitter or find her on Facebook!


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4:00AM PDT on Aug 20, 2013

A time for showing gratitude

4:45PM PST on Nov 20, 2012


12:09PM PST on Nov 18, 2012

Becky all these crafty ideas are very thoughtful and decorative. I especially appreciate the Gratitude placecard which will be fun and inspiring. I plan to ask each family member to express their personal feeling of gratitude and make their own card before the dinner. Then everone will pick a card from a carved out gourd and place it on the table wherever they choose to sit. Then each person will 'show & tell' their card of gratitude!
My granddaughters always love to make their own 'personalized' creations. This is a culmination of a field trip for pine cones, a few chestnuts and assorted natural elements. I do not have a sewing machine anymore; however a needle and thread works wonders! I have always favoured organic vs synthetic and Thanksgiving is the perfect Holiday to layer all the elements.
Last but never least offering our individual donation to the Food Bank and including a homemade note of Happy Thanksgiving wishes : )

10:59AM PST on Nov 18, 2012

Thank you

8:45AM PST on Nov 18, 2012

thanks for these great tips!!!

9:30AM PST on Nov 17, 2012


7:36AM PST on Nov 17, 2012

Thanks...would be nice if people used their real china and not paper plates!

3:09PM PST on Nov 16, 2012

Please don't spoil the beautiful table decorations with a turkey corpse.

For those thinking of having a dead bird on the table, please go to the link below. I sincerely hope you will then reconsider.


2:30PM PST on Nov 14, 2012


8:46PM PST on Nov 13, 2012


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