Autumn Pedestal Centerpiece

The Dining Room Table Is Ideal For A Seasonal Focal Point

A pedestal centerpiece is less difficult to construct than it looks.  The trick is to begin with a sturdy base and have a large amount of seasonal fruit, florals & faux’ gourds and pumpkins to work with.  Buy more than you think you need because you usually need more than you think! 

Begin by gluing a tall, styrofoam form into a heavy, pedestal vase.  The form is in the shape of a cylindrical Christmas tree and will hold all other elements.  Make sure it is secure in the vase by hot-gluing, using floral clay, floral tape, or a combination of all of the above.  I use hot glue and make doubly sure the “tree” is secure by gluing Spanish moss or sheet moss around the bottom of the form and gluing the moss into and around the vase.   Pack the moss in tightly.

Now the fun part!  I would suggest unifying the design by winding a length of vine, ivy, or garland around the base of the form and then around the “tree” to the top, like a Christmas tree garland.  Now fill in and around the garland with mini gourds, pumpkins, fall flowers, moss nests with speckled eggs, small branches of berries, bittersweet, mini-Indian corn ears, and tufts of faux’ autumn leaves. 

Check the design from all sides.  Is it balanced in color?  Texture?  Elements?  I found with mine that the mini pumpkins were the most pleasing and striking element, so I added more in strategic places to balance the look on all sides.

Finally, fill in any gaps in the tower with small berry clusters and sheet moss.  Do not allow any styrofoam to show.  I like sheet moss for this rather than Spanish moss as the natural green of the sheet moss is more pleasing to me, but tinted green Spanish moss can also be used.

Allow some of your more pleasing berry clusters to hang down over the bottom of the tower as they would if they were real clusters growing naturally. 

Although the pedestal tower is striking in itself, don’t forget to anchor it to your table by creating a fanning display around it on the table.  I flanked the Autumn tower with two striking candle sticks with moss green candles.  At the base of the vase are two faux pumpkins in different sizes, nestled in branches of bittersweet and autumn-colored leaves. 

A striking centerpiece is one that is bountiful in its elements.  It’s hard to have too much of a good thing as long as elements are of good quality and natural textures.  When it is time for Thanksgiving dinner, I substitute a wonderful turkey cookie jar in autumn colors for the tower so that guests can converse across the table without their line-of-sight being blocked.  The turkey nestles in the same branches and pumpkins nicely.  The autumn pedestal decorates the buffet during the meal. 

A festive table and home is a gift to my guests and to my family.  I don’t take the holidays for granted.  What a delight to celebrate each and every one.



About Sharon L. Clemens

Sharon and husband Merle and their children owned and operated a specialty shop and restaurant in a restored dairy barn for thirteen years in a village in Illinois. After closing their restaurant, they converted the barn into the family home and moved their shop to the garden level. They operated a collectable shop as a home-based business for another thirteen years before retiring to the country life. Sharon has been a special feature guest on the local NBC telelvision affiliate and has spoken professionally on topics relating to herb gardening and cottage lifestyle. In addition to conducting workshops and programs, Sharon writes a weekly cottage lifestyle e-newsletter called “Cottage Chat” and a Word Press blog: Seasons of Farm Grove. She has written five novels, The Younger Girl, Door County Cottage, Timeless-A Door County Love Story, Door County Cabin and Door County Escape, love stories with traditional values set in Door County, Wisconsin.
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2 Responses to Autumn Pedestal Centerpiece

  1. Chuck Turpen says:

    I’m looking for a wedding officiant for October 8th. The service will be at wildlife prairie park at 4:00pm. Do you have any leads for this sort of think

    • Sharon L. Clemens says:


      My father at the Old Towne Grove Chapel may have a name for you. You would need to call him at 309-387-6375.

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