Y’all, Thanksgiving is literally HERE. Isn’t it crazy how it manages to sneak up on us every year? If you are hosting guests for Thanksgiving and really want to impress, check out this gorgeous centerpiece my mom made. Not only is it relatively quick and easy to create, it is super inexpensive! But before we dive in, I have to brag on my mom for just a minute. She is amazingly talented when it comes to design and decor. I’ve always admired her creative mind and excellent taste. We share a lot of the same style, so she is a constant source of inspiration for me. She is one of the biggest reasons I started this blog, so thank you, mom! I fully anticipate incorporating her projects and featuring her gorgeous, Dallas home in future posts, so y’all are in for a real treat!:)
Ok, who reads Southern Living? (me, me!) If you don’t, you should. It is the poster child for all things beautiful and, of course, southern. In the November issue, they have a centerpiece how-to article, which was the original inspiration for my mom’s creation. The article features an entirely “living” floral arrangement. While very beautiful, it has its downsides. For one, real flowers are expensive. You might as well go buy an arrangement from a florist if you are going to spend that kind of cash. Second, it’s messy. Think: leaking water and gooey floral foam. Yuck. Third, it dies, and that’s sad. So, my mom opted to make a hybrid centerpiece (mostly artificial flowers and greenery with a few real flowers and vegetation) for the sake of ease.
Ready to get started?
Supplies: All can be found at a craft store. I prefer Hobby Lobby or Michael’s.
- Basket, bin, or box (sturdy and shallow) Try this, this, or this
- Excelsior moss $2.99
- 2 foam blocks $1.99 each
- Water picks (if using any real flowers) $1.99
- Roll of burlap $5.99
- Floral cutters or wire cutters $5.99
- Seasonal squash, mini pumpkins, apples, turnips (your choice!)
- Assorted flowers and greenery (real, artificial, or mixed)
- Floral wire and wooden floral picks — (optional) recommended by Southern Living, but was not needed in this project. The foam held everything in place perfectly.
Start with a sturdy rectangular basket, box, or crate like this one from Hobby Lobby (similar). Baskets are currently 50% off!
Line the basket with burlap to keep things contained. If you use real flowers, get something water-resistant such as floral foil. Then, place the foam blocks on top. The foam acts as the base to secure the arrangement. Use the extra burlap as a table runner if you wish!
Use moss or another natural substance to cover and fill. It comes in many different colors!
Choose your assortment of fall floral. Make sure to incorporate different colors and textures (acorns, sorghum, mums, willows, etc). Fall floral is 80% off now at Hobby Lobby! Say what? This entire pile was only ~$25
Don’t forget your seasonal fruits and veggies. Choose from acorn squash, apples, mini pumpkins, radishes, turnips, or whatever your local grocery store has! Make sure you rinse them and shine them up with some vegetable oil before adding to the arrangement.
Use your floral cutters (or wire cutters) to trim the stems to the desired length. You may need to break up some of the floral bunches into smaller pieces.
Here goes nothing! Start securing stems in the foam, working from the outside in. You can use floral wire if you need to bunch pieces together, but the foam provides great support on its own!
Keep adding and moving pieces around as you go. Trim any excess. There is no science to it, so make it your own!
Eventually, it all starts to come together!
Lastly, if you are interested in using real flowers, this is where the water picks come into play. They house a small amount of water for each stem to keep your flowers fresh. Easy enough!
Voila! Is that not stunning, or what? I told you my mom was talented;) How perfect and easy. Now, run out to Hobby Lobby so you can get started on yours!
Happy Thanksgiving to you all! As always, thank you for reading and God bless!