DIY fall pumpkin centerpiece ideas

Pumpkins made into vases and candle holders, photo

For those of you who aren’t in a rush to decorate for Christmas, give your pumpkins one last hurrah before everything becomes tinsel and snowflakes. Remember: Fall isn’t over until December 22, and pumpkins aren’t just for Halloween.

Finish your centerpiece with a fall-colored table runner, leaves, green boughs, or more scattered mini pumpkins and gourds. See below for many — and more gorgeous — DIY fall centerpiece ideas.

Pumpkin vases

I carved out two medium-sized pumpkins just big enough to fit a medium-sized wide-mouth canning jar inside. Then I placed the jars, and filled them with water, plant food, and mini carnations. I chose carnations because they last a long time. When it’s time to decorate for Christmas, mix the carnations in one big vase, and you’re ready for the holidays.

Candle holders

I used squat pumpkins and 2¼-inch-wide pillar candles. I carved out a hole that was just big enough to hold the candle. When carving the hole, err on the smaller side and adjust as needed.

Pumpkin & gourd menagerie

I arranged a variety of small pumpkins and gourds in a large glass cylinder. (All the pumpkins and gourds that I used are from Farmer John’s in Half Moon Bay, California).


Kim from Sand & Sisal made this gorgeous DIY succulent pumpkin centerpiece. Click here to see how she did it.

This lovely Thanksgiving table setting is one of many photographs of Tiffany’s beautiful home that she has posted on Instagram. Follow her @mydiyhappyhome.

This simple but beautiful centerpiece comes from Cara at Never Skip Brunch. Click here to read her instructions and see more photos.

Linda at The Home I Create made this whimsical pumpkin and deer centerpiece. Click here to see this and more photos of her beautiful fall decor.

Julie Blanner made this 5-minute mini pumpkin table runner. She show’s you how she pulled it together so quickly.

Karin Lidbeck-Brent is a stylist and designer, and it shows. She produced this gorgeous fall table for Better Homes & Gardens. She tells you how she did it on her blog.

Shawna at Willow Bloom Home posted this picture of her Thanksgiving table on Instagram. See this and many more photos of her gorgeous home @willowbloomhome.

Find more fall decor ideas on my Thanksgiving and Fall Pinterest board.

My first DIY projects appeared in Sunset magazine’s now defunct blog, Home By Sunset. This post is an updated version of “Fall tabletop ideas,” originally published November 27, 2007.

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