5 Thanksgiving Centerpieces That Leave Room for the Food

updated May 1, 2019
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How do you set a Thanksgiving table that’s festive, but still has plenty of room for the umpteen million dishes you’ve made? Go with one of these small-yet-impactful centerpiece ideas.

1. Leaf-Wrapped Candleholders

Glass votives are only a few inches in diameter and you can use as many — or as few — of them as you want. Make a couple of these leaf-wrapped candleholders (above). Then, put down a runner and scatter them along the length of your table.

Get the DIY instructions: Crafty Centerpieces You Can Make in 10 Minutes for $10 at Apartment Therapy

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2. A Pumpkin Vase

Pick a pumpkin — any pumpkin, in any size that works for your table and all the stuff you intend to put on it. Brittany Egbert of One Charming Party cut the top off a pumpkin, cored it out and inserted a glass container for a quick and tiny floral arrangement.

Get the how to: Thanksgiving Floral Arrangement at One Charming Party

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3. Potted Herbs

If you happen to have an edible garden on your kitchen’s windowsill, then you also happen to have instant (and small!) centerpieces. Janna Allbritton, over at Yellow Prairie Interior Design decided to keep things simple last year: She set out some fresh herbs from Trader Joe’s (for less than $2 per pot) and wrapped each one with pieces of burlap, which she already had on hand. The pots won’t take up much room, and they’ll be useful long after the holiday is over.

Check out the rest of this holiday meal: Thanksgiving Simplicity at Yellow Prairie Interior Design

4. Twig Votives

Another brilliant votive-related idea, this time brought to us by Leah Bergman of Freutcake. She used twigs, a bit of spray paint, and some hot glue to transform inexpensive glass votives into rustic displays.

See more: DIY Twig Votive Candle Holders at Freutcake

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5. A Pumpkin Terrarium

We’ve never met a terrarium we didn’t like. One made with pumpkins? Too much! And it’s from Real Simple, which means it’s, um, real simple to make. You literally just have to layer moss with mini pumpkins, acorns, and pinecones. Make one small one and put it in the middle of your table.

Read about this craft — and a few others: 8 Easy Pumpkin Centerpieces to Complete Your Fall Table at Real Simple