Friday, October 15, 2010

How to make a centerpiece when you're intimidated by styled images from Pottery Barn magazines

Step 1: Don't compare yourself -- it's probably not gonna look quite as fabulous as PB. That's why they pay their stylists the big bucks. This is why I usually decide to go for something simple.

Step 2: Pull out your $6.99 TJ Maxx hurricane.

Step 3: Grab a pyrex bowl. Or something else small and solid.

Step 4: Put pyrex into hurricane... upside down, for a little height.

Step 5: Place pillar candle on top of inverted pyrex and add various greenish stuff -- moss of any sort, grassy stuff, sticks. You know, think natural. I'm a fan of natural.

Step 6: Scatter a few faux acorns, and voila.

Of course, you could fancy if up even further and wrap leaves and jute around it.

There you have it. Not too hard -- I'm a (try to) keep it simple kind of girl.

I'm sharing this post at Under the Table and Dreaming,


  1. This looks wonderful. Well done!

  2. Cute and clever and it didn't cost a bundle! Very nice!

  3. I love the look of your centerpiece! Thanks for the idea.

  4. My Pottery Barn rippoff centerpiece is a tall clear vase (you know you have a castoff from someone's wedding) 3/4-filled with candy corn. Then get a handful of straight-ish branches, spray paint them black and stick them in the vase.

    I keep the candy corns in a tightly-sealed bag with the rest of my Halloween decorations so I don't have to buy them new every year. Plus watching people try to eat increasingly-old candy year after year gets more and more entertaining.


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