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A Simple and Affordable DIY Fall Centerpiece

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When you want to decorate your table without a lot of fuss, this neutral DIY fall centerpiece is for you. You won’t need many supplies, and you can mix and match accents you have on hand for instant fall home decor.

Fall glass cloche with green hydrangeas, acorns, pinecones, and DIY baby boo white pumpkins.

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Welcome to the August Pinterest Challenge

Welcome to the August edition of the Pinterest Challenge, hosted by the lovely Cindy from County Road 407! Cindy is a fellow Texas gal with a beautiful blog and a special knack for making me laugh out loud.

Pinterest Challenge with home decor bloggers.

Each month, my blogging friends and I recreate a look from Pinterest in our own style. It’s loads of fun, and we challenge you to play along!

If you’re joining me by way of Rachel at The Ponds Farmhouse, I’m so glad to see you here! Rachel has such a gorgeous modern farmhouse style.

The Inspiration Photo: Fall Cloche Centerpiece

To inspire us this month, Cindy picked out a beautiful fall cloche centerpiece. The look comes from Beth Hunter at Home Stores A to Z.

Fall cloche with white baby boo pumpkins, green hydrangeas and an acorn garland, by Home Stories A to Z blog.
Fall Cloche by Home Stories A to Z

Beth has such a sophisticated and classic style. I highly recommend checking out her full post to get more ideas for your fall home decor.

Key Design Elements for DIY Centerpiece

The elements I noticed in Beth’s vignette include several versatile pieces:

  • Glass cloche with rustic rope and wooden base
  • White baby boo pumpkins
  • Acorn garland and pinecones
  • Green hydrangeas
  • Natural linen table runner

You’ll see below how I modified the centerpiece a bit but kept the major accents.

My DIY Fall Centerpiece

For my neutral fall centerpiece, I wanted the glass cloche, baby boo pumpkins, and hydrangeas front and center.

DIY fall centerpiece with glass cloche, DIY painted pumpkins, pine cones, acorns and wood bead garland with green hydrangeas.

Fun fact: My glass cloche doesn’t have a wooden base, but I needed some contrast with my off-white table runner. I discovered that one layer of my favorite three-tiered tray fit perfectly! Goldilocks moment!

DIY Faux Baby Boo Pumpkins

Since I haven’t seen real baby boos in stores yet, I made my own white pumpkins using Dollar Tree finds.

DIY painted baby boo pumpkins in white with antiquing effect.
Dollar Tree pumpkins painted white with distressing in progress

Last year, I painted these little gourds to match my “glam” Halloween mantel decor. (See the gold underneath?) I also painted a few MacKenzie-Childs inspired pumpkins for that project.

I now have a separate tutorial for making these faux painted pumpkins. I’m really digging the neutral farmhouse look, especially since I need calming things in the house right now.

DIY fall centerpiece with glass cloche, hydrangeas, DIY baby boo white pumpkins, acorns and neutral table runner.

Natural Pine Cones and Acorns

If you invite me over to your house and have fall accents sitting idle…chances are I’m going to borrow them. That’s what happened with the giant pinecone you see below.

Fall centerpiece with faux white pumpkins, glass cloche, green hydrangeas and wood bead garland.

The acorns hold a special place in my heart. My boys and I rescued them from a neighboring lawn after a recent storm. Their willingness to find treasures “for mommy’s blog post” really warms my heart.

Neutral Table Runner and Wooden Beads

To provide some continuity and texture, I included a neutral table runner with burlap appliques and a wood bead garland.

Fall table decor with neutral runner, faux baby boo pumpkins, hydrangeas and acorns.
Fall table centerpiece at sunset

The table runner was a Home Goods find, while the wooden beads came from a local boutique. You might recognize the beads from prior posts like my fall home tour.

I always love repurposing accents around the house. It’s almost as satisfying as rearranging furniture!

I also experimented with adding a few mercury glass votives to complement the glass cloche. They played a starring role in my mercury glass holiday table centerpiece, but they are so versatile to use throughout the year.

I hope you’ll leave with a few ideas on repurposing accents around your home to create your own DIY fall centerpieces. We could all use a good distraction to put us in the fall mood, right?

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If you’re looking to add more color to your tablescape, particularly for Thanksgiving, you can also visit my pumpkin flower arrangement using fresh flowers. It’s a completely different type of centerpiece for fall.

Finished pumpkin fall centerpiece next to velvet pumpkins.

Continue Your Tour

Don’t stop here on your decorating journey! My friends have many more fall vignettes to share, each putting a different spin on the Pinterest inspiration photo.

Next on your stop is my blogging bestie, Julie at My Wee Abode. Julie is sharing a stunning neutral fall cloche with special DIY accents. You won’t believe how she made her pumpkin…

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Thanks for stopping by, and Happy Fall!

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    1. Thanks so much, Cindy! It’s always fun when you don’t have to spend a lot of money to add a bit of seasonal decor. Thanks for pinning! Hugs, Crissy

  1. Crissy, love your cloche table setting. The little pumpkins are so cute. Smart to use one of your tiers as a base for your cloche. Good for your boys to help mom. Great to be hoping with you again.

  2. I love it that your boys are finding acorns for your blog, Crissy; how precious! It’s so great to include them in your passions and business pursuits! Love your cloche arrangement and seeing all the variety today; so much inspiration!

    1. Thanks, Lora! Yes, I hope they’ll love crafting and decorating as much as I do when they grow up. We missed you this time, but I hope you’re able to join us for the next one. Take care!

  3. Your table looks beautiful decorated for fall. The cloche makes such a lovely centerpiece and it combined with your beads and mercury glass candle holders make such a lovely display. It warms my heart that your boys helped you with this project by collecting acorns for you. We’ve been picking up acorns on our weekend dog walks. My eye also jumped to your large pinecone. I’ve been known to pack pinecones in my suitcase when I find some on vacation that aren’t available in my area. We don’t have large ones like yours and I wish we did!

    1. Thank you, Paula. I wish I knew where I could pick up more of those large pinecones! I borrowed this one from my brother. Our pinecones are usually much smaller. It’s fun to pick up local treasures and incorporate them into a fall display. I can imagine you find a lot of treasures on your trips to Vermont! Thanks for stopping by!

  4. Lovely tablescape, Crissy!!! I love your cloche with the soft pumpkins inside and around it… The little glasses of hydrangeas add a nice pop of soft green, too. Very pretty!!!

    Enjoy your lovely vignette,
    Barb 🙂

    1. Thanks so much, Michelle! I do enjoy getting into the details, which might explain why I’m so pokey! I appreciate the kind words, my friend.

  5. I love how your table turned out. Especially against those fabulous dark walls. And are you in love with beads too? I don’t have enough but I’m afraid of looking like a bead weirdo. Thanks for joining us. Pinned!

    1. Yes, I can’t get enough beads! This was a pretty challenge. I’m so inspired by the creativity of everyone involved. It definitely gave me some ideas to venture a little farther from the inspiration next time. Thanks for coordinating another fun collaboration!

  6. I LOVE your fall centerpiece with a your classic cloche. And so smarty using the bell jar over a plate from a tiered tray you already have! Those mercury glass candle holders really added a lovely sparkle too! Of course, Pinned! Love ya, and always love working with you!

    1. Thanks, my friend! It’s fun to mix and match things around the house. I’m sure I’ll continue playing with it until we move on to Christmas! Ha! Love working with you, too!