A homemade Thanksgiving centerpiece makes an attractive addition to your holiday table. Think you don’t have the talent to make a Thanksgiving centerpiece on your own? Think again! You may be surprised at the simple Thanksgiving centerpieces you can create using very simple items. In this article, we will look at how to make a Thanksgiving centerpiece, and offer five separate ideas that will inspire you.
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Thanksgiving Centerpiece Platter
This is one of the most simple Thanksgiving centerpieces to make. The materials needed for the Thanksgiving Centerpiece platter include:
– A round platter, charger, or flat surface on which to arrange your items
– Scented candles of varying heights
– Pine cones
– Real or artificial berries
– Small figurine (can be a pumpkin, turkey, or anything autumnal or related to Thanksgiving)
Now, simply arrange the items on the platter. Place the tallest candle at the center and surround it by smaller items. For example, if you have a tall pillar candle, place that in the center and add the pine cones, small candles, and figurine around it. Fill in the empty spaces with berries, or use artificial leaves or greenery.
Floral Thanksgiving Centerpiece
A floral Thanksgiving centerpiece can be made of real flowers or artificial ones. If you have never arranged flowers before, you can use a picture as your inspiration. CLICK HERE to see photos of some very beautiful Thanksgiving floral arrangements that can be used as Thanksgiving centerpieces. The materials needed for an artificial floral Thanksgiving centerpiece include:
– Container of your choice (Look for a round container that is not too deep)
– Autumnal colored flowers (Mums, daisies, carnations, etc.)
– Florist Styrofoam
– Small filler flowers
– Beaded fruit
Take your florist Styrofoam and press it into the bottom of your container. You want a TIGHT fit. If you need to cut it to fit, do so sparingly. Beginning at the center, press in the tallest flower. Work outwards, placing the flowers evenly around the base. When you have the flowers in place, fill in the empty spaces with small filler flowers. Add a few pieces of beaded fruit to the floral Thanksgiving centerpiece and you’re done.
Illuminated Thanksgiving Centerpiece
This is another very simple Thanksgiving centerpiece to make, and ANYONE can do it. The materials needed for an illuminated Thanksgiving centerpiece include:
– Rectangular glass platter
– One tall pillar candle
– Two candles that are half the size of the tall pillar candle
– One strand artificial leaves
– Small pumpkins and gourds (real or artificial)
– Pine cones
To make this Thanksgiving centerpiece, simply place the tall candle at the middle of the platter, and set the two smaller ones on either side. Add the strand of artificial leaves, and snake it around the platter. Pop in a few small pumpkins, pine cones and other gourds, and you’re done. (TIP: To keep the items in place, use glue dots) To see a photo of this centerpiece, CLICK HERE – Go to slide # 2 in the set.
Edible Thanksgiving Centerpiece
An edible Thanksgiving centerpiece is so much fun, and VERY simple to make. Guests are always excited by this simple Thanksgiving centerpiece, and will marvel at your ingenuity. When completed, the edible Thanksgiving centerpiece will resemble a turkey. You WILL need to see a photo of this to make assembly easier. CLICK HERE and go to slide # 5 to see it. The materials needed for an edible Thanksgiving centerpiece include:
– Honeydew melon or cantaloupe
– Cubed cheese
– Purple grapes
– Green bell pepper, red bell pepper, yellow bell pepper (Cut into 2″ pieces)
– Bamboo skewers
Alternate pieces of cheese and purple grapes on the bamboo skewers. Make a total of nine skewers with two grapes and two pieces of cheese on each one. Place these skewers into the melon towards the back-top area. (These skewers will be the back row of feathers on the completed turkey)
Take seven more skewers and break them in half. Add a piece of bell pepper to each one, alternating them in color. These skewers will be placed in front of the taller skewers.
Take one more skewer that has been halved and add a larger piece of yellow bell pepper, followed by a smaller piece of red bell pepper, followed by a piece of cubed cheese, and finally, toped with two raisins. (This will make the turkey face) Add this final skewer to the area where the turkey’s face will be.
Use large pieces of red bell pepper for the turkey’s feet, which will also help to hold the melon in place.
Simple Thanksgiving Centerpieces
If you feel that there is simply no way you can learn how to make a Thanksgiving centerpiece, but would still like to add a little something to the holiday table, try this. Get several glass containers and fill them with multiple colored apples, fresh flowers, floating candles, fresh cranberries, small pumpkins, etc. The glass containers can be anything from a trifle bowl, flower vase, crystal drinking glass, etc. Fill the containers with whatever items appeal to you, and then arrange them in a grouping in the middle of the table. (To see a photo, CLICK HERE and go to slide # 6) Add a candle on either side of the glass containers, and brighten the whole thing up with a strand of artificial leaves or flowers.
Have a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday!
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