8 Easy Pumpkin Centerpieces to Complete Your Fall Table

Use the season's best pumpkins to decorate your table and wow your dinner guests.

Succulent Pumpkin Centerpiece
Photo: Philip Friedman; Styling: Morgan Levine


Are you someone who jumps right to Christmas decorations after October 31st? Slow down and celebrate the fall season in its entirety by decorating your Thanksgiving table with a pumpkin centerpiece (because no one likes to see a decked-out Christmas tree before they even celebrate Friendsgiving).

Transform your leftover pumpkins into whimsical mushrooms, a luxurious candelabra, or a cute collection of owls. A festive centerpiece with pumpkins is an easy and inexpensive way to repurpose your Halloween decorations for Thanksgiving. Just make sure you preserve your pumpkins so they can last that long.

01 of 08

Terrarium With Mini Pumpkins

Terrarium Pumpkin Centerpiece
Philip Friedman; Styling: Morgan Levine

Supplies

  • Mini pumpkins
  • Moss
  • Pinecones
  • Acorns
  • Fishbowl

Steps

  1. Place the moss at the bottom of the fishbowl.
  2. Arrange the mini pumpkins, acorns, and pinecones on top of the greenery.
02 of 08

Mushroom Pumpkins

Mushrooms Pumpkin Centerpiece
Philip Friedman; Styling: Morgan Levine

Supplies

  • Assortment of pumpkins and gourds (make sure to have the same amount of narrow and wide varieties)
  • Wooden skewers
  • Pumpkin carving knife or keyhole saw
  • Large loop tool (optional)
  • Moss (optional)

Steps

  1. Cut off the stem portion of the wider pumpkins. Hollow or clean up the opening—you can also use a large loop tool for a cleaner look.
  2. Attach the wider pumpkins—stem portion facing down—to the top of the narrow pumpkins with skewers.
  3. Group the pumpkins together and add moss to complete the look.
03 of 08

Pumpkin Candelabra

Candelabra Pumpkin Centerpiece
Philip Friedman; Styling: Morgan Levine

Supplies

  • Pumpkin
  • 5 taper candles
  • Craft knife
  • Sculpting loop tool (optional)

Steps

  1. Carve five small holes that are wide enough to fit the candles with a craft knife. The holes should be about ½- to 1-inch deep.
  2. Stick the candles into the holes.
  3. Optional: A sculpting loop tool can make the sides of the holes neater.
04 of 08

Cute Owl Pumpkins

Owl Pumpkin Centerpiece
Philip Friedman; Styling: Morgan Levine

Supplies

  • 3 pumpkins (or however many you want on the table)
  • White, brown, black, and yellow felt (plus any other colors you want to use for the eyes)
  • Yellow pipe cleaners
  • Tacky glue
  • Scissors
  • Tape

Steps

  1. Cut out various-sized circles of white, black, and brown felt pieces to create the “eyes.”
  2. Cut out a triangle shape from the yellow felt for the beak.
  3. Glue all of the felt pieces onto the pumpkin to create the face.
  4. Glue and tape yellow pipe cleaners to the bottom front of the pumpkin to create “feet.”
05 of 08

Pumpkin Vase With Succulents

Succulent Pumpkin Centerpiece
Philip Friedman; Styling: Morgan Levine

Supplies

  • Pumpkin
  • Small potted succulent plant
  • Pumpkin carving knife or keyhole saw

Steps

  1. Carve a hole at the top of the pumpkin that is big enough to fit the plant container. Scoop out the inside of the pumpkin so it's hollow.
  2. Place the succulent planter in the pumpkin.
06 of 08

Pumpkin With Leaf Decoupage

Decoupage Pumpkin Centerpiece
Philip Friedman; Styling: Morgan Levine

Supplies

  • White pumpkin
  • Artificial fall leaves
  • Mod Podge

Steps

  1. Cover the pumpkin in Mod Podge, place the leaves on it, and let it dry.
  2. Apply another coat of Mod Podge over the leaves.
07 of 08

Copper-Leaf Pumpkins

Gold-Leafed Pumpkin Centerpiece
Philip Friedman; Styling: Morgan Levine

Supplies

Steps

  1. For a stripe pattern, add vertical strips of painter's tape to the pumpkin, spacing them out to the desired width.
  2. For a dot pattern, create a stencil by cutting out circles from contact paper.
  3. Cover the parts of the pumpkin you want to copper-leaf with the gilding adhesive, making sure you put it on smoothly.
  4. Let the pumpkin dry, so the surface is not completely wet, but still sticky.
  5. Apply the copper leaf to the pumpkin. Smooth out any bumps with your fingers.
08 of 08

Modern Painted Pumpkins

Modern Pumpkin Centerpiece
Philip Friedman; Styling: Morgan Levine

Supplies

  • Pumpkins
  • Primer spray paint
  • Paintbrushes
  • High gloss paint (in various colors)

Steps

  1. Spray the pumpkin with primer and let dry—the primer will help absorb the paint.
  2. Paint any geometric or modern-inspired patterns and motifs on the pumpkin.
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