Five Dollar Fall Centerpiece

As much as I like to change up my decor for EVERY holiday, and, well, for every other reason I can think of, I am a “use what you have” kind of girl. Until money really does grow on trees, my home decor budget will stay limited.

Luckily, I’ve convinced myself that I enjoy the challenge.

Still, I LOOOOVE a beautiful centerpiece.

On my kitchen table, I limit the decor to a bowl of fruit. I figure my kids are gonna grab and eat whatever is there, so I better make sure it’s not poisonous.

The dining room table is another story. We seldom actually DINE in there, but people do walk by it a lot on their way to the kitchen, so I want the table to look pretty. I found these adorable tiny white “pumpkins” at the grocery for $4.99. Everything else you see here I already had, hence the “five dollar” title.

Remember this tray made from an old frame? I pulled out my trusty leaf garland, now five or six years old, added some spray painted Goodwill candlesticks and some apple green candles that were already in the dining room. Voila! I love the simple color palate, my dining room walls are the same color as the candles, so I like to keep the accessories rather neutral. Learn more about the wall color here.

Now, for some inspiration. Scroll down at your own risk, I can no longer guarantee the $5 price tag.

This is a Martha centerpiece, but I spotted the picture at Forever Wherever. If I had a garden like Martha’s, I’d SO fill a white pumpkin with roses.

This one you could do for five bucks. These little cheese domes are easy to find at thrift stores. A row of three on a burlap table runner, with just apples and flowers…swoon…

If you’re not planning to roast the Thanksgiving turkey, then display the pan full of seasonal greenery and fruit. Just use whatever you can find in your yard. Unless all you’ve got are dead petunias, like me.

Here are some more ideas.

Beautiful. simple. colorful. Just don’t let the kids eat them.

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18 thoughts on “Five Dollar Fall Centerpiece

  1. you did such a great job for $5! i’m impressed. my favorite part are the little pale pumpkins. that says Fall to me!

    my fave non-thrift pick is the first, the vase made from the pumpkin with all those little blooms popping out and votives surrounding. can i have one please?

    have a great wednesday-

  2. Well, your $5.00 center piece looks as good as those others do and you have to pride of knowing you did it on a budget and with your own creative hands.

  3. I have also been working on affordable fall projects recently. Most of mine have also ranged from $5 to $10. I also believe that we “real people” with “real budgets” have a right to make our homes beautiful–no matter how tiny the budget! Great job!

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