Whitney’s Frugal Fall Centerpiece

Oh I am so glad Fall is here!! It is by far my favorite season and by far the most fun to decorate for. I have been itching to start busting out the pumpkins and this weekend that is just what I did. My mother-in-law mentioned that the Marketstreet had their baby ghost pumpkins on sale…3 for $2… say no more! I made a stop at Homegoods before picking them up because I knew I wanted to make a centerpiece and needed some shantys to get the job done. I found these three copper colored candlesticks on the clearance aisle for $3 a piece… SCORE! While I didn’t hate their color I decided to spray paint them with Rustoleum American Accents Canyon Black paint. I really can’t express enough how GREAT this line of paint is…. SO much better than any others I have tried. You can find it at Hobby Lobby and at Joann’s.
While those were drying I took a frame apart and covered the cardboard with burlap. I just used my hot glue gun to pull the sides first and then the top and bottom.
Once that was done I stuck it back in the frame…

And then I flipped it right-side up… HOW Cute!! I almost like it just like this and you can put anything on it:)

Now for the fun part…. I got my new black candlesticks and put them on top of the tray. I then put all my baby ghost pumpkins on the bottom… don’t they make you smile?? Finally I put 3 gourds on each candlestick and I was done… What do you think?? I will be sharing my frugal fall centerpiece over at Thrifty Finds at Southern Hospitality and at Met Mondays over at Between Naps on the Porch… Check it out!

I will also be linking this at Southern Hospitality for her Fall Party… Check it out!!!!


  1. rtgaffney on October 2, 2009 at 1:33 am

    So simple and beautiful! I love it.

  2. Cindy on October 1, 2009 at 7:15 pm

    How great and inexpensive is that!!! I need to check out the rest of your blog, just in case you have other ideas that I might could use. Thanks for the look and the instructions. Hugs,
    Cindy S.

  3. Half of the Style Sisters on October 1, 2009 at 6:30 pm

    Super Cute ideas!!

  4. Sue on October 1, 2009 at 5:31 pm

    Hi Whitney, It is just so amazing how something so simple could make such a statement! I loved the change you made to this tray and the candlesticks. Those little white pumpkins just tickle me. I almost painted my candlesticks black, but once I saw the oiled bronze finish- I was hooked. Thanks for coming by and leaving such nice comments. 🙂 Sue

  5. Marie on October 1, 2009 at 4:50 pm

    Hello Whitney – I love visiting your blog. I haven't been following long, but what I have seen is so inspirational! Thank you for sharing this fabulous idea of transforming a frame into a tray. Love all the sweet lil' pumpkins! And the black candle stick holders are fabulous.


  6. niartist on October 1, 2009 at 4:34 pm

    Oh this is just beautiful! Definitely a fantastic way to ring in fall! Oh, and if you're going to be doing any spooky Halloween decor, stop by my blog for a how-to and a giveaway! I hope you can!

  7. Joy on September 23, 2009 at 6:59 pm

    How clever, I love it!

  8. Dionna on September 23, 2009 at 6:07 pm

    I really like the candles on the candlesticks! I haven't even begun to decorate yet…

  9. [email protected] Charm on September 23, 2009 at 4:50 am

    I heart your little white pumpkins…the burlap frame/tray is a keeper!


  10. Elizabeth on September 22, 2009 at 3:01 pm

    That is too cute!!

  11. Wendy on September 22, 2009 at 10:10 am

    That is so pretty! I wish I could do somethng like that, my cats would totally destroy it.

  12. Kim @ Starshine Chic on September 22, 2009 at 6:20 am

    I love it!!! I need to find me some ghost pumpkins.

  13. Cindy on September 22, 2009 at 3:54 am

    How cute is that! Very nice!!!

  14. Lorie on September 22, 2009 at 3:41 am

    I LOVE IT! Those candle sticks are so cute, but so much cuter in black! It all turned out beautifully!

  15. Audra on September 22, 2009 at 12:21 am

    Fabulous idea. Simple and elegant, just a lovely centerpiece!

  16. Victoria on September 21, 2009 at 6:47 pm

    Darling little centerpiece! Love it. 🙂

  17. The Crazy Suburban Mom on September 21, 2009 at 5:47 pm

    That is a great idea! And I love the light neutrals instead of orange for fall…orange and only orange can be a bit much and is really too much for most places.

  18. g.suzie on September 21, 2009 at 5:24 pm

    Very simple and creative, sometimes less is better! Thanks for sharing a great fall idea with us!

  19. Embellished Bayou on September 21, 2009 at 3:10 pm

    Too, too cute! I love the burlap, what a great idea!

  20. Lee Laurie on September 21, 2009 at 1:16 pm

    I love it! All of it!

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