Easy 10-Minute Harvest Runner for Thanksgiving

6 Materials
10 Minutes

Create an easy and natural harvest runner and centerpiece for Thanksgiving in less than ten minutes.

I love using natural elements as a centerpiece for the table. Our Thanksgiving feast is traditionally served buffet-style on the kitchen island. As we don’t need room on the table for platters of food, there is plenty of room for a centerpiece.

This runner is easy to assemble using bits of fall and harvest elements, nothing fussy or fancy.

I gathered mini pumpkins, nuts, Indian corn and brown magnolia leaves shed from the tree, to create a casual and organic runner for the table.

  • There are no rules other than keeping your elements low enough to see over so as not interfere with conversation while dining and arranging your elements so they’re pleasing to the eye.
  • Give your leaves a rinse to remove any hitchhikers and allow them to dry. Magnolia leaves will stay waxy and look fresh for several days if setting your table in advance.
  • A fun idea if using nuts, is to place a couple of nutcrackers at the table and a bowl for shells and everyone can having fun cracking and eating the nuts in the centerpiece!

I added some Indian Corn for a harvest note. Brown satin wire-edge ribbon is tied around the dried husks to add some softness and rich, warm color. Mercury glass votives were tucked into the runner to add a little sparkle and shine.

Once you have all your elements gathered, a runner is easy to create in less than 10 minutes. Vary your elements to coordinate with your table or dinnerware, and feel free to use faux leaves and pumpkins if you prefer.

Find an even simpler table runner for Thanksgiving using pumpkins and oak leaves from your yard, HERE.

DIY Cone-ucopias are as fun to make as they are to receive! Fill them with some paper shred and Thanksgiving treats for a fun take-away for your family members or guests. Find the details to make them using scrapbook paper, HERE.

The pumpkins and Indian corn I purchased to enjoy in early fall and I had the ribbon and votives already, so the nuts were the only expense I had for this runner which are edible, bonus. :)

More tablescape photos and details, along with Thanksgiving table inspiration from 18 table stylists at the blog post and link below. 

Happy Thanksgiving!

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