If you’re in charge of hosting Thanksgiving dinner this year you have either not given any thought to the centerpiece for your table, or you’ve given it too much thought and stressed about what you’re going to do. Whichever scenario you might fall into, I’m sharing a stunning, simple, and oh, so easy, DIY Thanksgiving apple centerpiece that will turn any table into a showstopper.
With a few natural elements that you can find at your local grocery store and in your own yard, this rustic and unexpected centerpiece is a nod to that crisp Fall weather that I want to hang onto as long as possible!
I love the pops of color that the apples lend to this centerpiece and the earthly feel of the wood. The candles add a warm and inviting touch, bringing this whole design together. It couldn’t be more easy to put together and is a design that will have your guests thinking, “Why didn’t I think of that?”
When picking out your apples, you can choose any colors or varieties that you want. I mixed my colors and selected a few green apples and a few more red ones. I liked the pretty pop of green color in there! And make sure to pick apples that will sit up straight! You don’t want the wax to drip down the sides of your apples when they are lit!
When selecting the sticks that you want to use for your centerpiece, make sure they are free of bugs, spiderwebs, leaves, and anything else that you wouldn’t want hanging out on your table. Pick different colors and thicknesses too. This will add to the fun and natural feel of the centerpiece!
- Tealight Candles
- Pillar Candles (Optional)
- Wooden Branches or Large Sticks (No leaves)
- 1″ Circular Drill Bit
This will remove most of the apple, but you will have to use a small and sharp knife to clean the edges around the section you removed and make sure your tealight has a snug fit. (You can choose to use a larger circular drill bit, but I wanted my candles to be SUPER snug without any excess room around them. I think it looks cleaner and a little bit nicer on the finished apple).
Arrange your sticks down the center of the table, leaving a little bit of room on the ends for additional place settings. Overlap them in different places and don’t worry about getting them even and balanced. The natural and un-even placement adds to the character of this DIY Thanksgiving apple centerpiece!
Place your apples randomly on either side of the sticks, and throughout the length of the table.
Set the table, light the candles, and enjoy your company (and the FOOD!)
It’s the perfect nod to Fall before jumping right into winter!
Looking for a different Thanksgiving centerpiece idea? Check out this one!
Photography by Taylor Grayson