How to Use Velvet Pumpkins in a Thanksgiving Centerpiece

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Do you love those beautiful, luxurious velvet pumpkins that look amazing where ever you put them? Learn how to use velvet pumpkins in a Thanksgiving centerpiece with DIY velvet pumpkins! This Thanksgiving centerpiece with velvet pumpkins will be the talk of your family gathering, fall dinner party, or friendsgiving!

gold velvet pumpkin with real stem on straw with acorns


Velvet pumpkins with real stems are all the rage this time of year.

Last year, my sister didn’t quite understand all the hub-bub, until she saw those lovely, velvety gourds in person… and then she was hooked!

You, too? Yeah, same here!

Last year, I came up with a detailed, yet easy tutorial on just how to make DIY velvet pumpkins like the designer ones you see all over the place.Β  But you can make them for under $4.00!Β  (That’s four dollars… NOT four HUNDRED dollars!)

The velvet pumpkins from last year are in the coastal colors that I love so much!Β  However, my sister is more of an ‘autumnal’ gal. You know, sage-colored sofas, rust/ivory/sage rugs, warm-toned wood furniture. You get the idea.

So when DeeDee asked if I could ‘help’ her make some velvet pumpkins in traditional fall colors, I said, “Sure… As long as I can use them for a post on My Wee Abode!” πŸ˜‰

Well, that was a no-brainer!

If you want to make your own velvet pumpkins, here’s the easy step-by-step instructions.

Lots of Fall Color DIY Velvet Pumpkins

Remember, you can easily learn how to make your own gorgeous velvet pumpkins with real stems HERE.

The first pumpkins were created with ivory and forest green velvet. thanksgiving centerpiece with velvet pumpkins and faux foliage

These were the first warm-toned velvet pumpkins we made.Β  And, yep, those are real stems!thanksgiving centerpiece with velvet pumpkins straw and acorns

Then we decided to create one in a dusty cocoa brown… It looks more orange on my monitor, but it’s brown.Β  What does it look like on your screen?thanksgiving centerpiece with velvet pumpkins with real stems and faux foliage

Next we added some gold velvet pumpkins. We really were ‘pumpkin-out’ those fall colors! (So corny!)gold velvet pumpkin with real stem on straw with acorns

And for the last color, we did a giant diy velvet pumpkin in a deep orange crushed panne velvet!large orange velvet pumpkin with real stem on table with straw and acorns

Then we put them all together…

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Thanksgiving Centerpiece with Velvet Pumpkins

Putting the Thanksgiving centerpiece together took just a few steps and some extra faux florals.thanksgiving centerpiece with velvet pumpkins straw and acorns and faux florals on a table

What You Will Need

Putting the centerpiece together is quite easy:

  • To elevate the large green pumpkin, I place a small fruit bowl, upside-down, in the pedestal bowl.
  • Add your straw over the fruit bowl and inside the entire pedestal bowl.
  • Add your pumpkins.Β  Try to stick to the ‘odd-number’ rule… I used 3 pumpkins.
  • Insert your additional faux florals to fill the space. I also used some faux berries.
  • Place some straw on the table and add a diy velvet pumpkin or three as shown, and throw in a few acorns.

If you want to add another easy, yet lovely, detail to your table, be sure to print your FREE printable place cards.

A couple of white sunflowers brightened up the fall colors, yet were still neutral enough to coordinate with the warm tones.thanksgiving centerpiece with velvet pumpkins with real stems and faux foliage

Adding a purple thistle (or three) added a little unexpected pop of color and texture.purple thistle with green velvet pumpkin and eucalyptus leaves

The sweet little acorns added a wonderful fall ‘nod’ to this Thanksgiving centerpiece.thanksgiving centerpiece with velvet pumpkins straw and acorns and faux florals on a table

large orange velvet pumpkin with real stem on table with straw and acorns

Want more ideas for simple fall decor? Click HERE.thanksgiving centerpiece with velvet pumpkins and faux foliage

Now It’s Your Turn

So, which do you like the best?Β  The coastal DIY velvet pumpkins, or these fall colored velvet pumpkins?Β  Let me know what you think in the comments.thanksgiving centerpiece with velvet pumpkins straw and acorns and faux florals on a table

Whichever ones you like, I hope you enjoyed this “tour” and quick tutorial on how to use velvet pumpkins in a Thanksgiving centerpiece. (I know my sister did!)

Oh, and remember, the full tutorial with the list of supplies and my special trick for how to make diy velvet pumpkins with real stems is HERE.

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  1. I pinned your tutorial. Thanks. I like the softer side of pumpkins, always have. It works with my French decor.

    Your sister must be very happy. Such a great sister to make these for her.


  2. Oh my GOSH! I love the forest green and ivory pumpkins in that first photo. They look GORGEOUS together! Really, I love all of these velvet pumpkins. I’m definitely a fan of this color scheme, too. Personally, I’d probably use these more than the coastal ones given the wall colors in my home. Oooh, I want some!

    1. Oh, I’m glad you like them! Maybe we need to do these for a craft for the Ladies’ ministries?! πŸ˜‰

    1. Thanks, Holly! Yes, I would have guessed warm tones for you! πŸ˜‰ Hugs, my friend, and thanks for the pin!

    1. Oh, you made my day… Photography is the hardest part of blogging, besides SEO. I’m still learning, but thankful when my peers encourage me! Hugs!

    1. Oh, thanks, Nell… that really means so much to me! Photography is a real challenge for me, but I’m hating it less and less. πŸ˜‰

  3. I’m the sister and I love them!! I’ve been moving and rearranging them in all kinds of fun ways throughout my dining area!
    Indeed, Julie did the work!! I am not the artsy one in our family for sure! Thanks, sis❣️

    1. You are so funny… you definitely were a great assistant… Those tangled threads I did were a bear! Love you!

  4. There’s just something about velvet that always makes me go weak at the knees. It’s such a luxurious fabric and the way the light catches it makes it look alive. Love your pumpkins you made for your sis Julie and that one does look more orangy brown on my screen.

  5. Lucky sister! They are ALL gorgeous, and your styling is spot on, Julie! I’m loving the velvet pumpkin trend…I may need to make some to mix with my mercury glass ones…I think the texture contrast would work so well!

    1. Oooo, I think that would be very fun… maybe add some feathers to glam them up with the mercury glass! *runs to buy feathers*

  6. Those are all wonderful Julie – I love those deep tones just as much as the coastal ones! Sounds like you had fun, your son approves, and your sister is happy – you can’t beat that! πŸ™‚ Thanks for the excellent pumpkin tutorial and the centerpiece tips too!

    1. Thank you, Pam! Your encouragement means so much, really! I definitely used more warm tones this year at MWA, too!

  7. Julie, these pumpkins are beautiful! I have to say that I’m partial to the rich Autumn colors…the green one is my favorite! Great job styling the centerpiece. I agree with everyone that your photos look great πŸ™‚ Pinned!

    1. Yes, Crissy likes that green one, too! LOL! It is very pretty! And thanks for the encouragement. Photography is tricky!

    1. It seems that green one is a fave with a lot of people… I think it’s kinda gorgeous, too! Thanks, Kristin! So happy to see you at MWA!

  8. Julie this is absolutely gorgeous! That green velvet pumpkin might be the prettiest one I have ever seen a (Green is my favorite color and green velvet is my favorite textile!)

    I am so happy to feature you ar All About Home this week. Happy November!

  9. Julie, you’ve done it again! Your velvet pumpkins are just beautiful, and now this centerpiece is absolutely stunning! I’ve pinned this to my Thanksgiving board; thank you for the inspiration.

    Thanks so much for joining the Grace at Home party at Imparting Grace. I’m featuring you this week!

    1. You are so sweet! Thank you, Richella, for featuring my centerpiece. You and your party are true blessings!

  10. I don’t think you can go wrong with either color scheme, but these are so rich looking in the deep green and orange! And I love the pedestal bowl you made – elevating parts of a centerpiece with pedestals always makes such a difference!

    1. Thanks, Janet. I love both color schemes too… and even more! I just found a resource for silk velvet that I’m trying out. We’ll see how that goes!

    1. Thanks, Jennifer! They were fun to make for my sister’s table… she likes the warm tones. I have a new project (or two?) coming with more velvet… soon!

  11. You know I love your velvet pumpkins, Julie! Thanks for sharing at Celebrate Your Story! Link Party. You’ve been featured this week πŸ™‚

  12. Your velvet pumpkin projects are always so sweet, Julie.
    Thank you for sharing your Thanksgiving centerpiece with velvet pumpkins DIY at Create, Bake, Grow & Gather this week. I’m delighted to be featuring your project at the party tonight and pinning too.

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