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Pumpkins, Pinecones & Cranberries ~ A Fall Centerpiece

Happy Tuesday, dear friends! It’s the fourth Tuesday of the month and you know it’s all about our monthly Pinterest Challenge. If you are coming over from Carol at Bluesky at Home, welcome! This month Cindy of County Road 407 has picked cranberries as our theme. I thought about making something yummy, but then I thought maybe I’d make a beautiful fall centerpiece…

Our inspiration piece comes just from a beautiful photograph Cindy has chosen and we were given free rein to do anything we were inspired to create, bake or decorate!!! I love themes like this as we can go with whatever feels natural to us.

Love love love Cindy’s new PC logo!!!

I hadn’t shared many fall posts this season, between work and meetings, I’ve been very busy with IOOF events (fundraisers) and spending time with my mother-in-law. It is nice to create something beautiful for fall and have it be an inspiration starting point for you! πŸ™‚

Transitional Fall Centerpiece Basket

I’ve chosen to make a fall centerpiece using pinecones, pumpkins and cranberries. As I was heading to bed one evening, that phrase popped into my head and I got up to write it down (so I wouldn’t forget). I am really excited to share it with you!

I think this centerpiece basket makes the perfect transition between early fall’s pumpkin-y oranges to Thanksgiving time and beyond.

Here’s what I pulled from around the house and purchased to make this basket:

  • a rattan basket from my collection
  • three mini pumpkins from outside our front door
  • pinecones in various shapes and sizes
  • a wood round as a lift
  • a fall candle
  • wire cutting pliers
  • a cranberry spray from Hobby Lobby (cranberries have little “stars” on their tops when they are picked fresh from the fields)

Beginning the arrangement. Wing chair re-covering project in the background.

I began by putting in pinecones in the traditional Christmas tree shape (the usual ones) and some of the elongated ones I saved from visiting Georgia several years ago when I went to High Point Market.

I found the elongated ones at Biltmore Estate, actually.

Next, I added in the little pumpkins I pulled in from out front ~ you’ve seen these guys already in last month’s Fall Front Porch challenge ~ and layered them around the candle.

Love these little pumpkins!

I bought three sprays of large cranberries but only needed one. I used a pair of wire cutters to cut off pieces with a length of stem to tuck in between the pinecones.

This was fun because you can put as much or as little as you like! Since I used (1) candle, (3) pumpkins, it seemed logical to use (5) small sprays of cranberries. Odd numbers always work well in decorating, don’t you think?

Let the decorating fun begin!

Then it was time to decorate the table. I brought in some books with fall colored covers, dark pink mums in their nursery pot from outside, and a small capital with two ceramic figurines who are also dressed for autumn.

And that’s how I chose to use cranberries in my transitional fall centerpiece. I hope you like it!

Next, we swing back up to Cindy from County Road 407. I know you will enjoy the festive autumn garland Cindy has created with cranberries! You’ll find everyone’s posts linked below to come back to visit.

Happy fall decorating, friends,

Barb πŸ™‚

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16 thoughts on “Pumpkins, Pinecones & Cranberries ~ A Fall Centerpiece”

  1. This is really pretty, Barb. It’s so homey and warm, you just want to settle in and savor it. (And you are also reminding me — it’s cranberry time! Time for me to stock up on cranberries to get me through the winter!)

    1. I think I’ll have to get out there and look for some frozen cranberries myself, Jeanie. Last fall/winter, there were NONE to be found! None. That’s actually why I didn’t decide to make cranberry bread, which I love. Anyway, another yummy idea to bake!! Glad you enjoyed my post, thank you. <3 Home today with a head cold... But I'll take it as a cold trumps Covid anyday! ;) Enjoy the tour!!!

  2. I loved touring the Biltmore and those grounds were stunning weren’t they?! How fun to have some long pinecones from there! Your coffee table centerpiece looks perfectly fall. Thank you for joining in this month. pinned!

    1. Thank you, Cindy! I appreciate you letting me join late. Life gets crazy around here now that we have family (MIL) close by. Never dull. I enjoy these challenges!!! Happy touring… <3 Home today with a head cold but happy to be able to visit everyone early in the day. :)

  3. This is so festive Barbara, I love how it turned out! I stuffed Mr DIY’s pockets full of pinecones when we visited Biltmore House last fall, lol!

    1. Too funny!!! I figured they were fair game on the ground. 🌲Im not rationalizing at all… lol! ☺️ Glad you found some, too. Mine came from a tree in the parking area.

  4. Lovely fall arrangement Barb with your mix of pine cones! I know I have some cranberry stems somewhere in my stash, if not I’m buying more. Thanks for the inspiration!

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