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Centerpiece Ideas for the Dining Table You Can Make in Minutes

October 13, 2020 4 Comments

Looking for ways to spruce up your dining table with seasonal decor? Here are some simple seasonal centerpiece ideas for the dining table that you can make in minutes.

I LOVE centerpieces.

Not just a little.

But ALOT.

You can do nothing else in a room but have a fabulous centerpiece and the room will feel like it’s totally decorated for the season.

Centerpieces are really fun to make and super easy to do.

Most of my centerpiece ideas are made using the same materials, but in different ways.

And if you collect a few simple pieces, you can create a bunch of different looks!

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What You Need to Create Simple Dining Table Centerpiece Ideas

While I love centerpieces with live florals and greens, this post focuses on faux centerpieces because they are just as beautiful and will last for the season with no additional work.

It’s the ‘set and forget’ approach to centerpiece design.

Through the years I’ve collected lots of beautiful seasonal greens and florals that look very authentic. I’m very selective when purchasing greens and florals because they have to look real.

While shopping, I always ask myself this question:

Does this look real and authentic?

If the answer is no, then I put it back on the shelf. One of the reasons my faux arrangements mix so well with my real plants indoors is because the faux plants look just as good as the real ones.

Most people, including my husband, can’t tell the difference.

And that’s the goal when creating any type of faux arrangement.

When creating container garden, whether it’s real or faux, it’s important to use the thriller, filler and spiller method to container design.

So I shop for products that fulfill those roles so I have a variety to choose from when designing a centerpiece for the dining table.

Centerpiece Ideas for the Dining Table

So here is what I look for when I’m shopping.

  • Greens that can trail over a container, fill in between blooms and add height. Be selective with greens. There are so many faux greens out there that look plastic or pull too much blue. Greens are not blue, so stay away from those.
  • I gravitate to greens that are more muted, neutral and have a flat or dull finish to them.
  • Seasonal florals that look like I just bought them home from the market.
  • Airy, filler items like acorn bunches or berry sprigs.
  • Seasonal accessories like pumpkins, gourds, pinecones, ornaments, etc.
  • Depending on the vessel used, floral foam may be needed to anchor faux plants in place.

Fall Centerpiece Ideas for the Dining Table

I love decorating the dining room for fall. It is one of the first rooms you see when you walk into my home so having a gorgeous centerpiece makes a big statement when entering.

Fall Centerpiece Idea 2 Ways in a Galvanized Container

How cool is this aged lattice galvanized container? It’s one of my favorite vessels to use when creating centerpieces because I love the rusty metal texture on it. Wait until you see how easy it is to design this fall centerpiece idea for the dining table.

CLICK HERE to see how changing the florals only creates a whole new look for my dining table centerpiece!

Centerpiece Ideas for Every Season

Neutral Fall Centerpiece Idea in a Vintage Toolbox

My new favorite centerpiece vessel is this vintage tool box that I found at an antique store in Vermont. I used it throughout the seasons this year and love how it looks on my dining room table.

To make this dining table centerpiece idea, I used the same faux fall florals and greens recipe above but swapped out the vessel so I could use this vintage toolbox.

Oh and I tucked in a few tiny gourds too just to make it look a little different.

I love those creamy cabbage roses. Aren’t they are so gorgeous?

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Transitional Fall and Winter Centerpiece Idea

Every year I host Thanksgiving, so I generally stay on Team Fall until the day after. But last year, I started decorating for the holidays a bit earlier and blended it with my fall decor.

And I love how it turned out so I plan on doing something similar this year.

CLICK HERE to see some dining table centerpiece ideas that transition from fall to winter so you can decorate for the holidays without giving up your fall decorations.

Budget-Friendly Centerpiece Ideas

Winter Dining Table Centerpiece Ideas

That vintage toolbox is like the gift that keeps on giving. My seasonal greens and florals look so good in it and I love it on my dining room table!

For the holidays, I simply swapped out the gold pumpkins for these cute neutral gift box ornaments.

And I think it took 1 minute to completely change the look of this dining table centerpiece.

After the holidays I swapped out the holiday items to create an amazing rustic centerpiece for winter.

CLICK HERE to see how I made this winter centerpiece for the dining table using the same vintage toolbox.

Budget-Friendly Winter Centerpiece ideas

Spring and Summer Dining Table Centerpiece Ideas

I told you how much I love this vintage toolbox right? Well here it is all decked out with some spring greens and gorgeous florals. Although magnolias bloom in spring, I kept this arrangement from spring through summer. It is neutral, bold and looked really beautiful!

CLICK HERE to see how easy this centerpiece is to make!

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Vintage Floral Centerpiece Idea

I found this vintage crate and have been using it as a second vessel for a centerpiece. To change the look in my dining room, I used it on my dining table for a bit but really love it on my kitchen island. The old wood on the crate looks great with granite.

CLICK HERE to see how easy this vintage dining table centerpiece is to make!

Vintge Centerpiece Ideas for the Dining Table

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Stacy Ling

Stacy Ling is a master gardener who loves home decor and creating beautiful spaces. She provides easy-to-follow, easy-to-do garden, home decor, lifestyle & DIY inspo.

4 Comments

  1. Reply

    Rachel Harper

    October 13, 2020

    Stacy,
    Love all these ideas.
    Rachel.

    • Reply

      Stacy Ling

      October 16, 2020

      Thank you Rachel!

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    Kim | Shiplap and Shells

    October 17, 2020

    I am all about centerpieces that can me made quickly! I can’t tell you the amount of times that I had to entertain at the last minute. Thank you for the tips Stacy!

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      Stacy Ling

      October 19, 2020

      Thank you so much Kim! Centerpieces are my favorite to make! xoxo

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