Create a Rustic Harvest Centerpiece for Your Thanksgiving Table


Are you ready for Thanksgiving? I have an easy and casual centerpiece that you can put together for your table at the last-minute with items from the grocery store!


I assembled a harvest centerpiece for Thanksgiving using a rustic wooden box / caddy that I had. You can use any kind of wooden box, crate, basket or tray to build your centerpiece. You can find some inspiration for creating easy tray centerpieces, here.


 I started with some kale which is affordable at 99 cents for a large bunch. Kale makes a great filler to soften and tuck in around edges of your container and provide a base for your arrangement.


Start with some veggies, mini pumpkins and/or gourds and flowers that you can harvest from the grocery store.


I placed water in jars (or you can use glasses) to add some $3 mums from the grocery store in the arrangement.


Artichokes provide some texture and green color to pair with gourds and mini pumpkins.


Our maple tree peaked this past week. I’ve been saving leaves in a zip top bag in the refrigerator to preserve their color and keep them fresh for Thanksgiving.


The leaves will stay fresh a week or longer in sealed bag in the refrigerator.



You can use squash, pomegranates, apples, pears, persimmons or whatever says “harvest” to you, along with the flowers of your choice to build your centerpiece.




If you’re looking for more inspiration your Thanksgiving table, you can find a quick and easy centerpiece with a natural leaf and pumpkin runner, here.


Wishing you a Safe and Happy Thanksgiving with all the turkey you can gobble!


Plates / The Victorian English Pottery Turkey by Edward Challinor, HomeGoods


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  36 comments for “Create a Rustic Harvest Centerpiece for Your Thanksgiving Table

  1. November 21, 2016 at 7:22 am

    Great idea…thanks!!

  2. Michelle
    November 21, 2016 at 7:32 am

    Love the center piece! Great idea! I don’t know what I am going to make for a center piece yet , but you have given me some ideas. Today starts baking day. Loving it!🦃🦃🦃🤗😎🌴

  3. Linda L
    November 21, 2016 at 7:35 am

    Your arrangements and center pieces are just the best! Love this idea. So simple when broken down,
    but so impressive on the table. Thanks!

  4. Sherlie Magaret
    November 21, 2016 at 7:39 am

    Beautiful, so fresh and so Fall and so Thanksgiving.

  5. Ellen Stillabower
    November 21, 2016 at 7:47 am

    Very Autumnal!!!! 🦃🦃🦃🦃

  6. Laura Heywood
    November 21, 2016 at 8:08 am

    Love the ideas for the leaves and flowers! Thank you.

  7. November 21, 2016 at 8:18 am

    Hi Mary, Kale is such a great idea to use as filler! My maple dropped all its beautiful leaves at once yesterday due to a snowfall. They are all on the ground and I think I will gather a stack to keep in the fridge as you suggest. I had no idea they would keep well like that. My turkey bowl centerpiece will be rejuvenated with kale and fresh leaves on Thanksgiving morning! Thanks for the tips. Your wooden crate centerpiece is perfect for harvest time! Linda

  8. November 21, 2016 at 8:24 am

    Mary, a beautiful but easy centerpiece that is inexpensive. Perfect for a Thanksgiving table!

  9. Lanita Anderson
    November 21, 2016 at 8:24 am

    Mary – love your centerpiece idea for Thanksgiving! I also love that you showed the step by step process – that not only omitted some of the guesswork, it made it look so easy! Thank you for sharing…..Happy Thanksgiving!

  10. November 21, 2016 at 8:24 am

    I just might make this one, Mary!! I have the wooden caddy to do it & for the first time in 29 years, I NOT hosting or cooking T’day!!!!! I’ll just carry this over to my DD’s……along with food, of course.
    It is a lovely idea, as all your suggestions are. Sorry I’ve missed commenting on so many lately. I was under the weather.

  11. November 21, 2016 at 8:29 am

    Simply beautiful

  12. Marty Oravetz
    November 21, 2016 at 8:57 am

    your tables are always amazing and this one is definitely one of my favorites.

  13. November 21, 2016 at 9:10 am

    Your magical hands have done it again, Mary! I love when you share easy ideas like these. Happy Thanksgiving week to you. I know you’ll be missing your dear MIL, but I’m sure she’ll be with you in spirit and smiling down on you. I’m leaving this morning to be with my 87 year old mom and my sis.

  14. November 21, 2016 at 9:22 am

    So not only is kale good for you, it’s good for your tablescapes too!

  15. November 21, 2016 at 9:29 am

    This is the perfect centerpiece Mary, there is nothing prettier in my opinion than a table loaded with fresh fruits, vegetables and flowers…plus you can eat it after the feast! Have a wonderful week!

  16. November 21, 2016 at 10:01 am

    So very pretty!

  17. Ellen
    November 21, 2016 at 10:26 am

    Thank-you for this tutorial on the construction of a splendid centerpiece. The step by step photos make it look attainable for the craft challenged(me)! I also appreciate the clever way to keep the colored leaves fresh, I’ve never heard this before. Our leaves are somewhat damaged by the gypsy moth caterpillars- yuck! Again, thank-you for these beautiful posts all Fall with the gorgeous photos and ideas. The Happiest of Thanksgivings to YOU!

  18. November 21, 2016 at 10:48 am

    The rustic centerpiece is so pretty! Have a Blessed Thanksgiving, Mary!

  19. Virginia
    November 21, 2016 at 11:21 am

    Your Maple Tree is glorious and your suggestion for saving the leaves a new idea for me, thank you. Love your centerpiece. I used some of the same items in a silver bowl on my dining room table last year but love your arrangement in the wooden caddy. I have a wooden basket for my garden tools but now think it should be elevated to centerpiece status. Thanks again for sharing your creative ideas, you help to make the world around us more beautiful.

  20. November 21, 2016 at 11:24 am

    Oh Mary, everything froze here finally. I mean 20 degrees froze, so my plans for a garden centerpiece are over. But, I love this. I’m going to miss your plaid tablecloth. I love the way you have used it so many different ways over the months. Grins, have a Happy Thanksgiving. Sandi

  21. franki
    November 21, 2016 at 6:42 pm

    YOU ARE SO VERY CLEVER!!! That’s going to work for me this year!! I purchased an oriental rug runner that I’m using down the center of our table…that crate is just right! THANK YOU!! franki

  22. November 21, 2016 at 7:29 pm

    Very, very rustic and pretty! Almost makes me want to reach over and take a bite of it! Hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving.

  23. designingvibes
    November 21, 2016 at 7:34 pm

    This is so beautiful. I love how rich and organic it appears. Wonderful job!

  24. November 21, 2016 at 8:22 pm

    I have a very rustic and old tool box that I keep on my potting table. Don’t need a centerpiece this week, but I’m saving this idea. Love the addition of kale.
    Happy Thanksgiving!

  25. Marion
    November 21, 2016 at 11:03 pm

    Beautiful is the word that comes to mind. Wishing you and yours a Blessed Thanksgiving.

  26. Joan
    November 21, 2016 at 11:04 pm

    Everything is gorgeous. Have a happy and Blessed Thanksgiving.

  27. Marilyn
    November 21, 2016 at 11:05 pm

    What a lovely harvest centerpiece. It is so lovely. Wishing you a happy and Blessed Thanksgiving.

  28. Cyndi Raines
    November 22, 2016 at 12:51 am

    Awesome Mary! Thank you, will save for future. May your Thanksgiving Day be extra blessed!

  29. November 22, 2016 at 8:44 am

    WOW so beautiful & yet so simple to assemble.

  30. November 22, 2016 at 12:12 pm

    I love your centerpieces, which is no surprise, your tables always wow me! I really enjoy your centerpiece in the tool box, I love incorporating veggies into centerpieces. Happy Thanksgiving!

  31. Chrystal
    November 22, 2016 at 3:10 pm

    Beautiful!! One year I collected leaves on a trip to Missouri. Saved them in a ziploc bag for one year and used them again. They we’re still pretty.

  32. Debbie
    November 22, 2016 at 6:42 pm

    As always, I love your centerpieces. Thank you for all the inspiration, Mary!! Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours!!

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