It’s no secret that if I had all the time and money in the world, I would want to be Martha Stewart. I’d want to spend my time crafting and making pretty things and maybe even learning how to cook super fancy stuff. I do not have either all the time or all the money I need to do that, so it’s all about figuring out how to make things nice without breaking the bank or creating something that my toddler could easily destroy.
The Dollar Tree store provides for me again and again.
Need to throw a party? Dollar Tree.
Need a cheap costume? Dollar Tree.
In this case, I needed a fall centerpiece since we host Thanksgiving in our home, and, darn it, I want it to be pretty. With my sister in tow, I wandered the aisles of the Dollar Tree picking up items, throwing them together, and trying to find a configuration I thought would work. Don’t be afraid to take your time. Trust me, they want you to stay and they want you to buy things. Give yourself play time.
I first fell in love with an rust-colored bucket. Given that I adore candles, I immediately followed by hitting up that aisle and trying various glass candle holders until I found a pairing that allowed me to not only have a tea candle in it but have that candle high enough to be seen. I grabbed a couple strands of fake leaves. Since I’m in Texas, getting the real thing isn’t as easy as it might be for some of you, and voila!
Once I got home, I quickly shucked the tags from everything and picked off the labels. That wasn’t necessary with the glass, thankfully. I set the larger glass candle holder inside the bucket and then put a smaller votive holder inside of it. This not only gave a little center height but also protects the candle from coming into direct contact with the leaves and creating a fire hazard.
Honestly, fussing with the leaves until they looked right to me was hardest part of this DIY. I tried several different configurations, winding and twisting them in the bucket around the glass center. Finally everything landed just as I wanted it.
If real leaves are easier, putting some leaves still on branches around would be a great substitute.
This is a pretty simple centerpiece layout, so with a quick change in color choices and the pieces involved, it could just as easily work for winter and spring holidays. I’ll be upcycling pieces of this one into updated centerpieces for Christmas or Easter down the road.
What are your staples of centerpiece decoration?
Elizabeth Howard is a graphic designer who lives in Ponder, TX and works full time as a graphic designer and social media manager. Her online shopopened in 2007 and is the artist’s playground where she tries out new techniques in digital and traditional art as well as crafting mediums. When she isn’t working, Beth spends her time at home with her husband Wes, her son Pike, and their three dogs.