Raw and Simple Delight

Although your summer garden days may be in the past, there are plenty of easy and inexpensive ways to dress up the interior of your home using live decor. There is something incredibly warm about bringing nature indoors or using simple, raw ingredients as the focal point for your Thanksgiving through Christmas table decor. Don’t be afraid to let your creative energies shine, there really is no right or wrong way when it comes to creating an eye-catching centerpiece. Keep in mind that simpler usually means more elegant.

Raw Vegetables

You may not be a big fan of eating artichokes, asparagus or green beans, but they do make a fantastic accent for candles. Hollow out an asparagus (save the heart if you do love to eat if you wish) and place a candle inside. Wrap a tall candle with asparagus spears and tie them with ribbon, hemp or raffia and do the same for a smaller candle using green beans. Feature these there candle holders along with some white flowers, red berries, nuts and leaves for an elegant and natural transitional centerpiece.

Wicker Baskets and Fruit

Try a new twist on the traditional cornucopia by filling any size wicker basket with fruits, including apples, oranges, lemons, limes and more. You can turn the basket on its side and fashion the fruit as if it were spilling out. Set the basket on a large platter and scatter some nuts, leaves, berries and votives around it for a stunning and incredibly easy focal point for your holiday table.

Preserving Leaves

There are an innumerable number of ways to display the beauty of fall leaves. They are all so unique, and the colors can be extremely vivid. One of the best ways to enjoy your leaves through fall and beyond is to dip them in beeswax. Simply melt the beeswax using a double boiler and carefully dip the leaves in the wax. Once dry you can use these leaves as part of your beautiful Thanksgiving centerpiece. When married with a few pinecones, berries, flowers or fresh fruit, these leaves add color, texture add interest to any display.

Hurricane Vase

There are so many uses for an inexpensive hurricane vase. They are versatile enough to incorporate into any seasonal display. All you have to do is change the inside out, and you have an instant holiday centerpiece. Try filling the inside with cattails grounded in a few pebbles. Tie some natural twine or raffia around the vase for a warm and seasonal decoration. You can also wrap your hurricane vase in dry cornhusks and tie with a ribbon. Place a candle inside for a warm and elegant centerpiece.

Pumpkins and Gourds

Now is a great time to use your un-carved pumpkin. Simply carve it out and clean the inside. Place a potted flower inside the pumpkin and you have an instant seasonal flower holder. You can use any type flower you wish such as an ivy, miniature rose or a chrysanthemum. If you have a large pumpkin, try mixing and matching a variety of flowers with different textures and colors including some that will trail over the side of the pumpkin.


If you can’t find any twigs in your yard take a quick walk through your local park or borrow some from a neighbor. Spray paint a few small twigs white and once dry, place them in a tall bud vase that is halfway full of some small pebbles. Cut out some maple leafs from colored foam and have your family or dinner guests write a simple holiday message on the leaf. Tie the leaves to the twigs using ribbon.

Mixed Grouping

Don’t be shy when it comes to mixing a variety of natural elements for your fall table. You can slice red cabbage in half and make a small place for a candle and surround the cabbage with mini pumpkins, fruit, pine cones, nuts and leaves.

You don’t need to be an interior decorator to make your holiday table shine. Take a little walk down the produce aisle or your grocery store and a stroll in your backyard to see just what treasures you can find!