Showstopping DIY Thanksgiving table centerpieces

October 28, 2021 by Alexis Gulbransen

Whether you're keeping it cozy or having people over, these easy and beautiful centerpieces make Thanksgiving a sight to behold.


For many, Thanksgiving is a time for showing and giving gratitude. But though the intention of such a holiday is one of shared enjoyment and relaxation, stress also comes as a (usually) unwanted side dish for hosting such an event. And we’re sure that designing Thanksgiving table centerpieces isn’t first on your holiday priority list.

Some party planners spend countless hours planning dishes, and sometimes the decor gets left to the last minute. Whether you’re the turkey day hotspot or a hosting newbie, your mission remains the same — craft a Thanksgiving experience that knocks the socks off your friends and relatives.

While we can’t help with the food (though, stencils do come in handy for dessert and other foods), we can help with the decorations. We’ve put together some stunning ideas for Thanksgiving table centerpieces sure to surprise and delight at dinner. After all, a special occasion like this pairs so well with an equally special presentation!

3D apple basket

What’s not to love about a homey fall harvest theme? Our 3D apple basket adds a farm chic touch to any table display, especially when filled with fresh florals and greenery. The paper craft basket façade is simple to make using our Cricut Explore 3 or Maker 3 cutting machines and neutral colored cardstock.  When finished, place any flower arrangement or pot in the center and you’ll have a lush and rustic work of art.

Fall leaf and branch centerpieces

Crafting a neutral, natural table setting can also set a trendy modern farmhouse mood.  We love the crisp and classy vibe of our autumn leaf centerpiece, especially when paired with simple and elegant seasonal framed art. You can also play around with other fall colors to craft a more warm-toned canopy.

Acorn and pinecone lantern

Fill jars and cloches with autumnal scenes or symbols for a delicate layered centerpiece. This acorn and pinecone inspired project creates pieces of “paper nature” from cardstock and vellum materials. Elevate your display by purchasing multiple lanterns in differing sizes, filling each with your paper nature creations for a tiered yet cohesive look.   

Rustic pumpkin centerpieces

Pumpkins present a more traditional approach, but they can certainly be dressed up with Cricut embellishments! This Thanksgiving table centerpiece combines store-bought elements with Cricut-made leaves for a quick and easy upgrade. Try adding some 3D pumpkins to the mix for a more handcrafted and dimensional display.

Textured ceramic centerpiece

Even the simplest displays can be touched up with a few textured elements. This printable fabric project creates a cute autumnal acorn decal that can easily adhere to any plain ceramic vase. Accompany this design with other fall-colored crafts and arrangements to bring your textured table scene to life!

Show us your Thanksgiving table centerpieces

We hope that you and your loved ones have a gracious and restful Thanksgiving holiday! Share your tablespaces with us on social using #cricutmade, and be sure to check out our other table-setting articles for additional hosting advice and projects.