Nov 4, 2012

Fall Tabletop Centerpiece (and a giveaway winner!)

Did everyone have a great weekend? Did you take advantage of the extra hour of sleep (if you observe the time change)? We spent Saturday cooking soups and casseroles for Tom's mom (she's not feeling well and we thought she'd appreciate not having to cook), we took the dogs for a long walk, and then we crashed in front of the television for the rest of the night. Today, besides getting meals ready for the coming week (we're starting another Whole30 on Monday - wish us luck!), I managed to put together a little fall-flavoured tabletop centrepiece.

tree branch centerpiece - Turtles and Tails

But first, before we get into how I made it, I need to make a giveaway announcement. The winner of the Ramsign house number sign giveaway is #59, Tiffany Taylor! Congratulations Tiffany! I'll pass your contact information on to Ramsign and you'll have your new sign in no time. That rhymed far too much.


For everyone else, Ramsign is holding a giveaway of their own right now - that's right, you have another chance to win a house number sign!

Okay, so back to the centerpiece. I got the idea when I was at the hospital flipping through the October issue of Style at Home magazine while I waited for my sister to get out of surgery (nothing major, she's okay now). It was called "the decorated tree" and created by managing editor Catherine Therrien.

Sorry I only have a scanned page, I couldn't find an image online.


So while we were out on our walk on Saturday I had Tom cut off a couple of tree branches that looked promising. Don't worry, I didn't trespass on anyone's property - I trespassed at the local elementary school. (Shhh, don't tell!)


I used a medium-sized flower pot from the dollar store and wrapped the sleeve of an old sweater around it for texture. I then filled it with river rocks to hold the branches in place.


I hot-glued acorns and pinecones collected on our walk in Gravenhurst on Labour Day weekend to random spots on the branches. I have some potpourri left over from other projects and glued some of the small flower petals on as leaves. Maybe they're more seed pod than flower petal, but the orange colour is perfect for fall.

tree branch centerpiece - Turtles and Tails

I finished it off by putting a few acorns in the flower pot on top of the rocks, and then scattering more potpourri and acorns around the pot. Tom pointed out that it looks like the scattered leaves and acorns have fallen off the tree, like they would in the fall. I can't believe I didn't see that. I just put them there to add more colour to the shot. Sometimes that boy amazes me.

tree branch centerpiece - Turtles and Tails

And now we have this sweet centerpiece. The height is something different from what I usually do. And the shades of orange and brown make me so happy. Plus, the cozy sweater keeps me thinking that it won't be that hard to ward off the freezing cold that's coming way too soon.

tree branch centerpiece - Turtles and Tails

Are you using nature to decorate with this fall? I've been re-using my dryer vent pumpkins from last year and recovering them with natural fabrics to give a warmer look and feel.

tree branch centerpiece - Turtles and Tails

tree branch centerpiece - Turtles and Tails

tree branch centerpiece - Turtles and Tails

tree branch centerpiece - Turtles and Tails


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I'm linking up here this week!







36 comments:

Shannon said...

This is an amazing centerpiece! I would love for you to share it at my link party going on right now:

http://sewingbarefoot.blogspot.com/2012/11/the-weekly-creative-7.html

Have a great week!

Shannon @ Sewing Barefoot

navywifeypeters said...

Awesome centerpiece! I'd LOVE for you to share this at my link party Submarine Sunday. It's open until Friday @ 11:59pm. I hope you'll stop by!

T'onna

http://navywifeypeters.blogspot.com/2012/11/submarine-sunday-5.html

Audra @ Renewed Projects said...

What a cute and thrifty centerpiece! Love how the orange accents the whole look.

Mary@Back to the Basics! said...

Very cool idea! What a great way to use items from nature for your centerpiece!

Kathe said...

I like yours way better than your inspiration Barb! Thanks for sharing this at the party this week. I love it so much, I am featuring it on my Facebook page too :-)

Dani Fau said...

Great project - love it! Joining from Open Call Tuesday- http://allthoseartsygirls.blogspot.com/

Peggy Banks said...

Just stopping by to
invite you to My Wednesday Linky party. http://diycraftyprojects.com/2012/11/whatcha-work-up-wednesday-linky-party-7.html

BarbSteadman said...

Thank you!

BarbSteadman said...

Awww, thanks!

BarbSteadman said...

Thank you!

BarbSteadman said...

Thank you!

BarbSteadman said...

Thank you for the invite!

Marilyn said...

This is so gorgeous. I love how it is simplistic yet beautiful!

BarbSteadman said...

Thank you! (Am I creative or just cheap? :-))

Jocie@TheBetterHalf said...

That turned out so cute!

We just got our link party up and running and would love if you came and joined in on the fun. Each week we are giving away free ad space for one week to one random party goer. Our main site gets thousands of hits per day and The Better Half gets thousands per week. Hope to see you there! http://www.oneprojectcloser.com/the-humble-brag-link-party-6/

SiloHillFarm said...

That is just so perfect! I love the detail and the patience you put into that! I sure shows! Great project!

Susan C said...

What a pretty fall tree! Love the sweater wrap.

Claire Rose said...

Love this and wanted you to know I featured it on my Saturday favorites! Have a great weekend-claire

Nicole said...

That is such a lovely centerpiece!

Jamie @ Love Bakes Good Cakes said...

What an easy centerpiece. So lovely too! Thanks for sharing at All my Bloggy Friends. I'm looking forward to seeing what you share this week! :)

Alexis Lohrke Tanner said...

This is such a beautiful centerpiece! I'm featuring it tonight and pinning!

Jennifer Dawn said...

So cute--perfect for fall! Thanks for sharing!

Rebecca said...

Thanks so much for linking up to Your Whims Wednesday I featured this on my blog today! Come stop by and grab a featured button :) http://www.mygirlishwhims.com/2012/11/your-whims-wendesday-85-and-features.html

Carrie said...

Thank you for linking up this cute centerpiece to Think Tank Thursday last week!! The party will be live tonight at 9:00pm est. at www.saving4six.com

Christina at I Gotta Create! said...

You're a STAR over at I Gotta Create! Featuring your lovely tree today. Thanks so much for linking up with the Wildly Original Crowd.

<3 Christina at I Gotta Create!
http://igottacreate.blogspot.com/2012/11/elegant-and-whimsical-thanksgiving-ideas.htm

BarbSteadman said...

Thanks Christina!

BarbSteadman said...

Thanks!

BarbSteadman said...

Thanks Rebecca!

BarbSteadman said...

Thank you!

BarbSteadman said...

Thanks Alexis!

BarbSteadman said...

Thank you!

BarbSteadman said...

Thanks Claire!

BarbSteadman said...

Thank you!

BarbSteadman said...

Thank you!

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