What's Your Centerpiece This Fall?

This fall, lots of households are planning on entertaining family, friends, and colleagues. Now that you've finished your bathroom renovation and freshened up the paint to make the house look its best, it's time to get down to the details. You know, the decor. Specifically, you need to face up to the blank space in the middle of your table, which is going to look all the more barren and empty once the table is set and filled with food.

Good thing you know the folks at Hometalk, because they're ready and willing to help out with your decor problem. Better yet, many of these projects involve recycled objects and natural elements, which makes these centerpiece ideas good for the environment and easy on your pocketbook!

Photo: Barb Garrett/Hometalk

Barb Garrett has these great mummy mason jars, for those of you still looking for some Halloween decor. She has a detailed tutorial on how to get this charmingly spooky look, and the best part is that it's a low-budget, low-demand craft project!

Photo: At the Picket Fence/HometalkAn old toolbox could be used to hold tools...or it could be repurposed like At the Picket Fence did here to create a centerpiece. It's the perfect size for a centerpiece, and it's perfectly designed to hide flower-arranging foam and the supports for a beautiful fall display. And if you're looking for an appropriate seasonal gift for your favorite Boston roofer, look no further!

Photo: Gail/HometalkBleached pinecones are in this year for holiday decor, and Gail has the scoop on how to get the look. Whether you want a more austere mostly white fall and/or winter display or you need some stark contrasting accents for your centerpiece, a white pinecone is sure to turn heads.

Photo: Sow and Dipity/Hometalk

Remember: your centerpiece doesn't need to stop at the middle of the table. Sow and Dipity extended her tablescape right on over to the place settings, where lovely fall leaves make up coasters for drinks. Her approach ties the whole theme together for a very rustic look.

Photo: Old World Garden Farms/Hometalk

How about a mason jar centerpiece with a twist? This project from Old World Garden Farms may be blooming with spring flowers here, but you can use any decor you like, up to and including painted features on the mason jars and wooden frame.

Photo: Vivienne/HometalkNo room on your table for an elaborate centerpiece? No excuses, as Vivienne illustrates with this amazing hanging centerpiece. Add cuttings from the garden, tapers, fall leaves, and whatever else your heart desires to get the look -- and you can rotate the decor seasonally to keep it fresh and updated.

Photo: Jenna of SAS Interiors/Hometalk

Jenna has a great rustic centerpiece project here, with a tutorial for those who want to make it themselves. Don't be intimidated by the drilling: it's very easy! And the result is a fantastic autumn log centerpiece with embedded votive candles that can be repurposed with a chance of decor from autumn into winter.

Photo: Making Home Base/Hometalk

How about a living centerpiece? This bundt pan centerpiece from Making Home Base serves as a home for succulents, turning into a bright circle of green (and other colors) that's easy to maintain and adds some life to the house. You can use the opening in the middle to add tapers, column candles, a mason jar with arranged flowers or other objects, or some other creative project.

Katie Marks writes for Networx.com.

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