DIY Thanksgiving Centerpiece

Thanksgiving is my absolute favorite holiday, and with all the beautiful food it just requires a beautiful centerpiece. This Thanksgiving, I decided to make my own simple centerpiece.


As a health conscious vegetarian, I go through a lot of oatmeal, and I hate to toss those perfect cylindrical containers. They are useful for all sorts of things, including the base of this centerpiece.

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • A small oatmeal container
  • Branches from your yard
  • Rocks
  • Some fake flowers and greenery (mine are the dollar bouquets from Walmart)
  • A few different colors/patterns of paper
  • Scissors
  • Mod podge
  • Floral wire (this is optional and merely to help placement of the flowers and sticks)


First step is to cut paper to the size of your oatmeal container. Brush a layer of mod podge onto the container and smooth your paper onto, making sure the edges are even with the top and bottom of the container.

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Next, place some rocks into the bottom of your container so that you your sticks will stay in place (and also to ensure that your centerpiece does not fall into your gravy this Thanksgiving). You’ll need about 7 or 8 rocks. Wedge your sticks between the rocks so they are firmly planted.

DSCN8956 DSCN8957 Next, place the greenery and flowers into the container, using floral wire if necessary. DSCN8959DSCN8960

The final step is making a miniature bunting with your other papers. I simply cut out banner shapes and my letters and then used rubber cement to adhere the two together. Tie your banner onto the sticks.

DSCN8967 That’s it! It doesn’t take long to really vamp up your Thanksgiving table. I’ll of course be further dressing the table up with a runner and my fine china…JK! I don’t have fine china! But I do have some pretty dishes to use (from Goodwill).  😉 DSCN8964

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