DIY Thanksgiving Table Centerpiece With Fruit, Veggies and Flowers

3 Materials
10 Minutes

Create an easy centerpiece incorporating fruit, veggies and flowers for your Thanksgiving table. It looks impressive and no one would guess it only takes minutes to assemble!

I had a blog challenge to create a table centerpiece for Thanksgiving. I decided to use my cornucopia as a centerpiece.

I couldn't find a cornucopia the size I needed so I decided to make one! You can find the tutorial and the DIY details to make a cornucopia, HERE.

I love incorporating fruit and veggies with flowers in arrangements.

It allows your flower material to go further and is affordable as your produce can be eaten after your centerpiece is dismantled!

To create my cornucopia centerpiece, I started with a layer of kale to provide some texture and a base for the arrangement. Curly leaf kale is hearty stuff and affordable at $1.50 a bunch. Mine was still looking good 6 hours after assembling, with no signs of wilting.

In addition to kale, I picked up some produce and flowers from the grocery store: grapes, apples, pears, and artichokes, along with mums, safflower and aster. This cornucopia centerpiece came together in 10 minutes!

Fill in with your veggies and fruit as you go, tucking in single or clusters of flowers in the gaps. There is no right or wrong way to do it, just place your fruit and flowers however is pleasing to your eye. Best of all, no mechanics needed like floral foam or chicken wire!

Mums, aster, safflower (the thistle-like flower) will last several hours out of water without wilting. If you’re assembling your centerpiece in advance, use  floral water tubes to keep your flowers fresh

and/or spray your blooms with an antitranspirant, like  Crowning Glory, that seals in moisture.

I recommend spraying your spray your kale with Crowning Glory if making your arrangement a day in advance, you just don’t want to eat it later. 

Allow it dry before tucking in your fruit and any other veggies.

I placed my cornucopia I on a wood board to elevate it and placed some additional fruit and flowers around it.

Click over via the blue "go" button below to visit the original blog post to find:

  • More photos and table sources
  • More floral inspiration for Thanksgiving from my blogging friends.

Suggested materials:

  • Cornucopia   (made it, see DIY link)
  • Flowers   (grocery store)
  • Fruits and veggies   (grocery store)

Mary @ Home is Where the Boat Is
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  • Leslie Leslie on Nov 18, 2021

    Hi Mary, That is beautiful. I wish you showed the whole table scape once done. The log slice chargers are genius. Did you seal them to keep from staining? A matte finish might be nice. I liked that you extended the centerpiece on either end. The only thing I think I would have made differently is the color of the ribbon around the cone. A ribbon the color of your mums or your rust colored napkins may have set off and pulled the whole thing together better but that being said I may be wrong. This is one of the reasons I would have liked to see the whole table. Thank you for sharing and may you and yours have a wonderful Thanksgiving Day :)


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  • Barbara Barbara on Nov 18, 2021

    I truly am inspired to try my hand at recreating your gorgeous arrangement. It’s is just stunning. And btw…I agree that the brown ribbon works quite well. There is a lot going on, and the brown does not compete, while still providing extra texture. Love the whole look. Amazing job, Leslie!