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Fall Table Decorations

Brought to you by Lowe's Creative Ideas

Add an artful acorn, an overflowing cornucopia, and simple place cards to decorate your Thanksgiving table. Each takes only minutes to make.

Fall table decorations

Project Overview

Skill Level

Beginner

Estimated Time

A few hours

Estimated Cost

$$$$$

Tools & Materials

Tools

  • Miter saw or handsaw (acorn)
  • Drill and bit set (acorn)
  • Screwdriver (acorn)
  • Utility knife (cornucopia)
  • Florist foam (cornucopia)
  • Bamboo skewers (cornucopia)
  • Small gourds and pumpkins (cornucopia)
  • Blue hubbard squash (cornucopia)
  • Kale (cornucopia)
  • Berry branches, twigs as available locally (cornucopia)
  • Hot-glue gun and glue sticks (placeholders)

Materials

  • 7-1/4-in x 4-3/4-in sun yellow glass pendant light shade, #266575 (acorn)
  • 4-in PVC cap, #23927 (acorn)
  • 7/8-in x 48-in poplar dowel, #19385 (acorn)
  • #6 x 1-in sheet-metal screws (acorn)
  • Rust-Oleum Universal hammered-finish spray paint, Dark Bronze (acorn)
  • 4-in LED pillar candle with timer, #477528 (optional for acorn)
  • 24-gauge steel wire, #52686 (cornucopia)
  • Natural stone wall tile sheet, #291377 (placeholder)
  • 8 - 15/16-in corks, pack of 2, #139535 (placeholder)

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Instructions

Make Glowing Glass Acorns

Step 1

Acorn stems cut from a dowel

From the 7/8-inch dowel, cut a piece 4 to 5 inches long so that the ends are slightly angled. (You’ll need one piece for each decoration.)

Good to Know

When making several acorns, vary the cuts slightly to make each unique.

Step 2

Drill a 7/64-inch hole through the center of the PVC cap. With the cap upside down, hold the dowel centered under the hole. Place the bit in the hole and drill into the dowel. Use a 1-inch sheet metal screw to fasten the dowel to the cap.

Step 3

Spray-paint the cap and stem, let dry, and apply two additional coats. After the final coat, place the cap on the wide end of the glass shade.

Step 4

Acorn stems cut from a dowel

To turn the decoration into a light, add an electric candle. Avoid using lit candles or votive candles in the enclosed space.

Customize a Cornucopia

Step 1

Lay a squash on its side and slice off most of the bottom at an angle. Remove the seeds and debris from the inside.

Step 2

Cut florist foam to fill the inside of the squash, and pack it tightly inside.

Step 3

Use wire to bind pieces of kale to skewers. Then poke the ends of skewers into the sides of small pumpkins and gourds. Leave a few extra gourds and pumpkins to arrange beside the cornucopia.

Step 4

Cornucopia

Insert the largest skewered gourds, pumpkins, and clumps of kale into the florist foam. Fill any gaps with smaller skewered items. For optional variety, insert small berry branches and twigs.

Make Reusable Place Cards

Step 1

Peel individual tiles from the mesh backing.

Step 2

For an angled place card, glue the wide end of a cork to the center of the tile back. Gluing the cork closer to the top edge allows it to lean more. Omit the cork for a place card that rests flat.

Step 3

Tile place card

Write a guest’s name on the tile using a permanent marker for place cards you’ll use once; use a dry-erase marker for reusable place cards.