{Thanksgiving} Table Decor

Yesterday you saw my Trio of No-Sew Table Runners, inspired by Eddie Ross’s tablescapes. So it should be no surprise to discover that he was also the creator of the centerpiece I had bookmarked to make!

I saw this cover of Woman’s Day Magazine somewhere and was instantly drawn to the splattered pumpkins on the cover:

I flipped to the story, and there’s Eddie Ross…painting pumpkins! I like the idea of incorporating items I already own, and my uncarved Halloween pumpkins are still looking great, so I decided to make these the center of my Thanksgiving table.
He actually used a dry brush soaked in paint to splatter his pumpkins, but I don’t have a huge workspace and that sounded like a hot mess waiting to happen.
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I used Rustoleum’s Heirloom White to spray the pumpkins, and some random gold paint from my craft box for the stems. Then I applied a thin layer of Mod Podge to the top half I wanted flecked, and shook on the Martha Stewart tinsel glitter (from Michaels). This method is still a bit messy, but definitely more contained.
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I’m fairly pleased with how they turned out. But I’m really pleased that I found a way to extend the life of my pumpkins, and decorate my Thanksgiving table for free!
And since I’m all about using free nature for decor, and gold paint apparently…I took a bag of collected acorns:
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And sprayed them with Krylon Gold Plate. I don’t love the color of this gold, so I only sprayed half, then mixed them with the remaining natural acorns as well.

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Here’s how it’s all coming together:
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I’m still playing with the placement, and I think I’ll probably ditch the pinecones. I mean, we need space for the sweet potatoes! (hello, priorities!)
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Next (and final) step is to actually set the table, and come up with some placecards. Hopefully I’ll have it done by Monday to show you.
Have a great weekend — what are you scrambling to finish before Thanksgiving?!

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26 Comments

  1. Thanks for sharing. These are perfect to do w/ my boys… specially since they like "crafts" so very much. I'll have to share how intense they get while making crafts. I love followers and hearing they're suggestions, so come on by and tell me what you think=) http://www.bargaincornerdesigns.blogspot.com

    Posted 11.19.10 Reply
  2. Lili wrote:

    Pretty!!!!

    Posted 11.19.10 Reply
  3. Love the pumpkins and table…did you see Eddie's post where he showed the steps taken to get the images for the magazine? It was quite interesting! Janell

    Posted 11.19.10 Reply
  4. you are so creative! i love how you create fantastic spaces on a with a budget in mind, inspiring!

    Posted 11.19.10 Reply
  5. Ambrosia wrote:

    I think it looks gorgeous! Come do mine? 🙂

    Posted 11.19.10 Reply
  6. Niki wrote:

    Looks great! Have you thought about spray painting some of the acorns white as well? Can't wait to see the final product!

    Posted 11.19.10 Reply
  7. Love how that is coming together! I think gold acorns are kind of genius! 🙂

    Posted 11.19.10 Reply
  8. eddieross wrote:

    LOVE IT! Thanks for the mention!

    xo
    E+J

    Posted 11.19.10 Reply
  9. AnaLisa wrote:

    Hi! Just found your blog and became a follower. 🙂 I love your popular posts category and especially look forward to making a burlap corkboard. I have had one waiting to be finished for quite awhile now. Thanks for sharing!

    Posted 11.19.10 Reply
  10. Those look great. I had seen that cover and am so happy you took it on. Speaking of hot mess . . I spray painted some lovely black chalkboard paint on our patio. . . not a big enough works space. 😉 Another great project, cassie. happy friday

    Posted 11.19.10 Reply
  11. Great projects! Just found you through Leah at The Way We Are!

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  12. Allison wrote:

    Your table looks very pretty! I like the painted pumpkins. Very festive with your gold acorns.

    Posted 11.19.10 Reply
  13. I love your diy decorations. I made some glitter pumpkins this year too. I saw the project in Martha Stewart and I think they turned out really good. Come check them out on my blog…they are a few posts back. I also really like the acorn idea.

    xo,
    Sara

    Posted 11.19.10 Reply
  14. I love how the pumpkins turned out!! Gorgeous. I'm always amazed what a little spray paint can do.

    Posted 11.19.10 Reply
  15. It looks so so good – the pumpkins look so elegant! So lovely!
    Rachie xo

    Posted 11.19.10 Reply
  16. Those pumpkins are the coolest. The table is really coming together perfectly! I thought it was so interesting to read about the "behind the scenes" of the photo shoot! My gold spray paints are 1) Krylon Metallic Brilliant Gold and 2) Rustoleum Specialty Metallic Gold- saw your question at Ten June.

    Posted 11.20.10 Reply
  17. Scribbler wrote:

    Your pumpkins look pretty swell!

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  18. everything looks beautiful! love the acorns!

    Posted 11.20.10 Reply
  19. Lisa wrote:

    Great ideas. I love that you mixed sprayed acorns with natural ones.

    Posted 11.20.10 Reply
  20. Hi, Just want to say that I love that you took a magazine idea and improved on it. I really like yours better. I wish I had acorns to gather, there may be some in the city but none here. Yours turned out great. Ginger

    Posted 11.20.10 Reply
  21. emily wrote:

    Those pumpkins are great! And the gold acorns look fab!

    Posted 11.20.10 Reply
  22. sweetaimee wrote:

    looks very lovely and really warms up the table and breaks it up nicely. I love it 🙂 You are inspiring me. I need some thanks giving stuff in my home

    Posted 11.21.10 Reply
  23. heather wrote:

    Beautiful!!! Post pics when you have it all set for Thanksgiving!!! The table runners look great! I love the idea of 3, instead of 1 🙂 awesome 🙂

    Posted 11.21.10 Reply
  24. What a beautiful job! Thank you for using Rust-Oleum. Have a great Thanksgiving!

    – Rust-Oleum Scott

    Posted 11.22.10 Reply
  25. I love this! I painted a few pumpkins white and they look so pretty!
    Happy Thanksgiving!
    XO

    Posted 11.24.10 Reply
  26. I love this! I painted a few pumpkins white and they look so pretty!
    Happy Thanksgiving!
    XO

    Posted 11.24.10 Reply