Make this foraged tabletop decor for fall with greenery found in your yard. Add natural elements like small pumpkins, gourds, pine cones, or berries for a one-of-a-kind creation!
Up today is tabletop decor for fall made from foraged materials, featuring our lovely dining room table at the Sutton Place house. This project was inspired by a photo featured in the Fall edition of Country Home Magazine a few years ago. I loved it the minute I saw it, and it was so easy to recreate.
My favorite aspect about this tabletop decor is that it’s very easy to add your own personal touch. Use any greenery growing in your yard. Use whatever pumpkins & gourds you already have, or can get at your grocery store. It may be too early for juniper berries, but bittersweet would be lovely. Read on for the easy instructions.
What is foraged?
To forage means to conduct a wide search over an area in order to obtain something, usually food or provisions. In this case, I’m referring to the greenery and pine cones needed to make this tabletop decor. Instead of heading to the nearest nursery or florist, I simply stepped outside and gathered what I needed.
Of course, I didn’t forage the pumpkins and gourds…but if you grew them in your garden, you definitely could!
If you are foraging for greenery in someplace other than your yard, please be careful. It’s a good idea to wear gloves, and take along garden pruners. Watch out for poison ivy, poison oak, or other undesirable plants.
Gather your materials.
- 2 types of fresh greenery: boxwood, cedar, cypress, seeded eucalyptus, anything you have in your yard.
- Mini pumpkins + gourds.
- Pine cones: vary the sizes.
- Real or faux berries or bittersweet. (Optional)
Place something for protection on your table.
If your table is wood, or some other material that may be damaged by the greenery, a table runner or tablecloth works well to protect it. If your table is metal, laminate, or something that won’t absorb moisture, no table covering is needed. I used a DIY tasseled burlap table runner.
Place the greenery.
Begin by placing one of the types of greenery on the table. Start in the middle, and work out to the left and right. When your first type of greenery is where you want it, place the second type. There is no right or wrong way to do this! Simply lay your pieces of greenery in a flowing pattern.
Add the embellishments.
Nestle the mini pumpkins, gourds, and pine cones in and around the greenery. Mix up the types of pumpkins and gourds, and vary the colors.
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