Decorating for autumn is one of the highlights of my year. I eagerly wait in anticipation for the pumpkins to start arriving at my local grocery stores and farmers’ markets. I won’t lie—one year I actually ordered a box of them from across the country so I could get a jump on my holiday decorating! One of my favorite ways to decorate for fall is using pumpkins in tablescapes. Today I’m sharing 3 ways I like to add pumpkins to table decor.


Pumpkins make wonderful centerpieces—one of my very favorite ways to create a centerpiece out of pumpkins is candelabra.

Votive Holders

Yes! You read that right—you can easily create your own DIY pumpkin votive holders with a drill and a 1.5″ paddle drill bit. Simply drill with the paddle bit until the depth is that of a votive candle. This is a unique and fun way to add pumpkins to your tablescape. (A word of common sense—don’t leave lit pumpkin votive holders unattended!)

Place Cards

Adding a simple initial or name tag to a miniature pumpkin and adding it to a place setting is an easy way to add pumpkins to your tablescape, and it can also serve as a favor for guests to take home. If you can’t find miniature pumpkins, small gourds or even artificial pumpkins will work just as well. In the picture above, I simply used spray paint on a dollar store pumpkin to give it the neutral look I desired.

Do you incorporate pumpkins into your table decor during the autumn season? Which of these three uses for pumpkins is your favorite?