How to Make a Stunning Fall Basket Centerpiece for Under $10

Kara S.
by Kara S.
4 Materials
30 Minutes

In preparation for the fall holidays, I was determined to create a DIY centerpiece mainly using things I already had around my apartment. Now that it's officially fall, I wanted to give these cute baskets a Thanksgiving-esque look.

Here's how to make a basket centerpiece that's perfect for the season.

Tools and materials for the basket centerpiece

Tools and materials:

What I found around my apartment were baskets, (3 in various sizes) oranges, and a candle. I had to buy a bail of straw, pine cones, and fresh & fake greenery.

Of course, if you live in a more rural area than NYC, you could find these things in nature. The final materials are a piece of floral foam, a dowel, and hot glue.

Securing the floral foam and dowel

1. Secure the floral foam and dowel

I started by securing the foam onto the biggest, bottom basket with hot glue. Next, I inserted the dowel into the center of the foam. (I would suggest measuring and cutting the dowel to the size of the 3 baskets stacked high)

Stacking and filling the baskets with straw

2. Stack and fill the baskets

Next, I began to fill the first basket with straw. I made sure to pack the basket full to create a sturdy base for the next layer.

I then stacked the middle basket making sure to thread the dowel through the center of the basket weave. This will help to keep the basket from falling off in the next steps. I continued filling and stacking until I had 3 full, stacked baskets.

Adding simple greens for the arrangement

3. Get creative with the floral arrangement

Now comes the fun part! Here is where you get creative. I started adding simpler greens, like eucalyptus, to my piece as well as mixing real and fake sprays.

Skewering the orange

4. Add color and scent

Once my baskets were full of greens, I decided to add a scented element. I chose oranges, but you could use mini pumpkins, gourds, or corn - get festive!

I wanted to secure the oranges to the basket so I decided to stick them with skewers. However, you could also opt for hot glue here.

How to make a fall basket centerpiece

5. Finishing touches

I then finished off the basket with a few more fresh elements like lavender, marigolds, and pine cones. Lastly, add your candle to the top basket, flameless or in glass.

DIY basket centerpiece

DIY basket centerpiece

Now all that's left is to add the finished product to your fall tablescape and enjoy the fruits of your labor!

The great thing about this project is it's completely customizable. You could change up the straw for stuffing and the marigolds for evergreen and boom - it's now a Christmas centerpiece.

The possibilities are endless and your guests will be wow-ed for seasons to come! Let me know what you think of this DIY basket centerpiece in the comments below.

DIY fall ideas


Suggested materials:
  • 3 Baskets
  • Floral Foam   (Michael's)
  • Small Dowel   (Michael's)
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  • Eroque022810 Eroque022810 on Sep 28, 2016
    I love what you did and your creativity using items from around your home. I have nothing but can go to Joann fabric. So my question is weird I will say that, is your sofa velvet and if so where did you get it? Told you but it's beautiful.
  • Patty Patty on Sep 30, 2016
    How long did the oranges and marigolds stay fresh? Beautiful job!
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