Rustic Table Centerpiece

This beautiful centerpiece can be jazzed up with different colored ornaments for Christmas, or given a Thanksgiving theme with nuts and small berries!
Take a trip to your park or into a beautiful forest. While enjoying your surroundings, pick up a bagful of pine cones, acorns, eucalyptus buttons and juniper balls! Even black oak shells are beautiful!
Find a short tin can. As you can see, the larger one fits a large glass candle and a tuna can fits a 3" pillar. The base can be either cardboard or wood.
Start by hot glueing a rim of pine cone bracts (just cut the pine cone apart with heavy shears, or if you are lucky you will find a tree stump where a squirrel has done the job for you as he tore the cone apart for the seeds) around the can and the base. Once this is done, glue the can onto the base.
Now glue a ring of pine cones around the can. Don't worry if you can see through the holes, we will fill them in later.
Glue pinecones around the edge of the base. These pinecones are from a Douglas Fir.
Fill in the void with more pine cones. Now, take your acorns, eucalyptus buttons, and juniper balls and fill in the larger holes. You can also use nuts, seeds, cinnamon sticks, or even small pretty pebbles to fill in the holes.
Add small glass ornaments for a sparkly Christmas look. Don't glue them in because they can be removed and replaced with sprays of berries or small dried pomegranates for a Thanksgiving table. If you would like a fresh look, swap out the candle for flowers!

Suggested materials:

  • Your found pinecone/acorn treasures
  • A base either round, oval, rectangle - You choose!
  • A fairly large yet short can (tuna, chicken) for the candleholder
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3 questions
  • Barbara Ann Davis
    on Nov 29, 2016

    Is this reusable? Can it be stored and reused next year?

    • Senior Chief
      on Dec 23, 2016

      Roasting acorns is a idea & maybe the pine cones too if source is on the wild side. Lol

  • Faye Barnett
    on Nov 29, 2016

    What did you use for the top of the candle globe?

    • Vickie
      on Nov 29, 2016

      Hello, Faye! Elaine had a great answer! Also, the large cans that chicken breast chunks come in work great for Yankee Candles. What I did was go to the store with several empty cans to see what would fit. If you are really crafty, you could make your own candle to fit. Good luck!

  • Faye Barnett
    on Nov 29, 2016

    What did she use for the globe over the candle?

    • Vickie
      on Nov 29, 2016

      Most glass candles (such as Yankee Candle) come in standard widths and fit inside a chicken breast tin can. Or you could put in a 4" pilllar candle without glass. What I did was take my tin cans to the candle store and saw what would fit in, and what wouldn't.

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  • Vickie
    on Nov 30, 2016

    Thanks! What's so great is that it doesn't cost much at all to make, and you can customize it by painting the acorns or adding in little ornaments, etc, to fit your own decor!

  • This is beautiful! My grandmother used to make these when I was little. It brings back great memories.
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