DIY fall centerpiece

Getting Beachy with this DIY Fall Centerpiece.

If you live in the southern states,  particularly on the coast,  it probably doesn’t feel very much like fall, does it?  It’s still hot as a biscuit and it’s hard for us southerners to get in the mood for all the fall festivities when the temperature is in the 90s and we’re still hitting the beach.  Seriously, when was the last time you sipped a spiked cider by a bonfire in 80+ degree weather?  Well friends, I’m here to help you kick start your fall decor with this DIY fall centerpiece.  It’s a little beachy with all the flavor of fall.  Now, go turn down the ac, light your favorite fall candle and let’s get rockin’.

Let me start by saying, the idea is to take what you have and make it something else without spending a ton of money.  Save the money for a pumpkin spice latte. If you must, hit up a thrift store to find something that will work for this project. You can always jazz something up with a bit of paint.

What you’ll need:

2- candle holders of your choice.  Thrift stores are a great place to look for a pair.

1- wood box or crate that isn’t too tall specifically one with separate compartments.  If you don’t have one, that’s ok!  You can still make an awesome tablescape with what you have. This one is about 3 inches high, not including the handle.

mini pumpkins

mini pine cones

sea shells- if you live near the beach I know you have a ton lying around.



raffia or straw

items used for fall centerpiece

I wanted to go for a rustic/shabby chic look so I first painted the candle holder dark brown and then dry brushed a sand colored paint over top of it to give it a shabby chic look.

painted candle holder


Next I cleaned out the wood box that I’ve had laying around for years.  It wasn’t dark enough for this project so I stained it with oxidized vinegar (more on that in another blog post).  You can see the difference between the wood that has been stained on the front and the wood that hasn’t yet been stained by the handle.  I love this stuff and use it on all of my pallet wood mirrors. You can use whatever paint or stain you have on hand or leave your box just the way it is.  This is your project, the choice is yours.


stained box for centerpiece

Now the fun part.  Fill the box!  Get creative here and use what you have on hand. I put raffia in the bottom of some of the sections and then filled those sections up with either pine cones or seashells.  Next, I topped off the pinecone sections with a seashell and the seashell sections with mini pumpkins.  Add candles to the candles holders and, ta-dah!  You just made a fabulous fall centerpiece.  How easy was that?!  Sit back, relax and enjoy!

DIY fall centerpiece

DIY fall centerpiece

For other fall inspired home decor, check out the new fall collection in the shop.

Til next time,


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