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How to Create a Simple Rustic Thanksgiving Centerpiece

Let’s create a simple rustic Thanksgiving centerpiece this fall. Neutral style can be used the entire autumn season.

Do you like easy decorating ideas?


Oh good me too!

I’m so excited to share a super easy but really cool table centerpiece idea with you today!

But first let me take you back a bit.

I know decorating with vintage finds is so very popular.

And I can totally appreciate vintage in other people’s homes.

I can ooh and ahh with the best of them over a gorgeous vintage space or display.

We have several blogging friends who use antiques in the most absolutely beautiful ways.

Anne has so many vintage items in her home that I admire.

But when it comes to my own house I have a little hesitation with old stuff…I mean antiques.

If I’m being completely honest…it’s the germ factor that does it for me.

I mean if it’s not new piece, then who knows where it could have been.

Have you seen how dirty some of those vintage goodies are in antique stores?

One whiff when you walk in and you know…other people’s germs!

However, over the past couple of years, I’ve found quite a few vintage pieces I fell in love with and had to have.

And now…guess who’s changed her tune and enjoys hunting for things to add to my collection.

Yup…this lady!

I’m a work in progress and I’m still trying to figure out how to incorporate antiques in my current home décor.

But this rustic Thanksgiving centerpiece features some of my favorite vintage finds!

What to Include in a Rustic Centerpiece?

supplies to create rustic centerpiece on dining table in groups

Just a few simple neutral pieces are needed to create a beautiful rustic vintage Thanksgiving centerpiece.

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What to Use for your Base on your Centerpiece

long wood narrow tray with metal handles on each end

If you’ve seen some of my other tablescapes you may have seen this long wood tray.

Instead of using a table runner in a traditional fashion running down the center of the table, I often use this narrow wood tray.

I scored this beauty at Home Goods years ago for only $12.99…so keep your eyes peeled for one at your local store.

But if you want to recreate this look sooner, I found a couple of options here and here.

Although the options I found for you are more expensive, I’m willing to bet they aren’t warped like mine is.

I guess you get what you pay for huh?!

How to Soften a Centerpiece Design

two skinny linen table runners folded laying on dining room table

Another staple in building my tablescapes are these amazing skinny linen table runners.

I mean seriously, these are things are so versatile and can be used with any design style!

Our friend handmakes these beautiful washed table runners.

Adding Vintage Pieces to a Thanksgiving Tablescape

vintage brick mold with imprint word bush inside

Do you have any idea what this wood box is?


Don’t feel bad…I had no idea either.

A few weeks ago I was helping Anne style her Friendsgiving tablescape and she pulled them out to use.

It’s a vintage brick mold!

How cool is that!?

So of course, I bought one for myself the next time we went shopping.

five vintage amber bottles on table

Last year we meet some new friends at an antique store about an hour away and they helped us discover our love of vintage amber bottles.

We all walked around searching for glass bottles in all different shapes and sizes.

Anne and I bought a few that day and even shared different ways to style your fall home with amber bottles.

Our hunt has continued every time we are shopping in an antique store while we look for more amber glass bottles.

How to Bring Nature to a Dining Room Table Centerpiece

collection of seven dried and stained gourds on dining room table

Another inspiration I got from Anne are dried gourds.

She has a few large gourds that she displays in her home during the fall season that I just love.

We found these at our local antique mall for just a few dollars a piece.

But if you have some new gourds this fall try drying them out over the next year to use next fall?

I think these have been stained and then sealed with a coat of polyurethane, which makes my germaphobe personality happy.

How fun are the different shapes, sizes and textures of my new to me gourds!?

How to Create a Vintage Rustic Centerpiece for Thanksgiving

round gourd with oblong gourd at end of tray next to two vintage glass jars on dining table with china hutch cabinet on back wall

I always like to start building a table centerpiece with the base item.

For this fall table, I started with my long narrow wood tray in the middle of the table.

You can use any tray in any shape as the bottom piece of your centerpiece.

Maybe even try using a large wood dough bowl.

After putting the tray on the table, I added two skinny washed linen table runners to soften the hard edges of the wood tray.

I thread one end of one of the linen fabric runners through the each of metal handles on the tray.

Then, I scrunched the material and weaved the fabric down the tray and off the center of it draping the runner on the table.

glass amber bottles styled with dried gourds on thanksgiving tablescape

Next, I placed the vintage brick mold in the center of the tray covered with the table runners.

Don’t you just love the natural chippy wood tones in this piece?!

dried gourd with long skinny top curved around bottom on centerpiece styled for Thanksgiving

Those fun dried gourds and vintage amber bottles were placed on top of the linen runner.

Some of the gourds needed a little help to stand up straight, so I just leaned them against one another.

How fun this the top of this guy?

Look at that awesome curve!

amber glass bottle with dried wheat coming out top on brick mold in middle of table

And this gourd even has some hair sprouting from his head!

The finishing touch was adding just a little bit of dried wheat in the middle vintage amber glass vase.

Not too little …not too much…just enough!

rustic fall centerpiece with dried gourds and amber bottles on table

The colors are all neutral and blend beautifully, but what I’m really loving is the combination of the different textures in this centerpiece.

Drop a comment below and tell me your favorite part?

dining room table in middle of room with windows behind and china cabinet to left. table styled for thanksgiving

Just add some neutral place settings and votive candles and your ready to entertain!

This rustic centerpiece is not only perfect for Thanksgiving, but can be displayed throughout the entire fall season.

If you have any questions or suggestions, contact me or leave a comment!

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Thursday 4th of November 2021

I love this idea! So simple. The rustic look and gourds are definitely perfect as a Thanksgiving centerpiece.


Thursday 4th of November 2021

Thanks Stacey! It was a fun centerpiece to create...gotta love a simple idea!

Rachel Harper

Thursday 4th of November 2021

I love all the vintage and natural elements you used.


Thursday 4th of November 2021

Thanks so much Rachel! We need another trip to that antique store soon.