How to Make an Edible Fall Harvest Centerpiece

Use seasonal produce to create a one-of-a-kind display for your Thanksgiving table.

Photo by: Debbie Wolfe

Debbie Wolfe

What You'll Need

  • long galvanized tray or bowl
  • seasonal fruits and vegetables

Putting together a holiday dinner is hard work. Instead of worrying about picking up flowers for a centerpiece, why not use leftover ingredients from your turkey dinner? Edible centerpieces are perfect because you can use what you already have in the fridge and, best of all, it can either be donated later or reused for tomorrow night's dinner.

Gather Your Supplies

You can use practically any type of vegetable or fruit for a centerpiece, but seasonal produce is fresher and less expensive. Make sure you have plenty of leafy greens and herbs for the base and filler. For our centerpiece, we used what is growing in our fall garden: turnips, kale, Swiss chard, carrots, radishes and a variety of herbs. The clementines and pears were purchased at the grocery store to add color and interest to the centerpiece.

For the container, use a bowl, crate or plate. This galvanized box is perfect because it comes with a liner to hold water and a grid to easily put together an arrangement. If you're using a bowl or crate, use florist tape to create a grid to help hold the produce in place. 

Create the Base

Photo by: Debbie Wolfe

Debbie Wolfe

Pour water into the container, then layer a base of leafy greens first to support the other vegetables and fruit.

Build It Out

Add in the longer/larger produce. In our case, it's the carrots. You can either go with a symmetrical look (balancing the items evenly on both sides of the centerpiece) or asymmetrical. Add the other large items, making sure not to line up similar colors and sizes next to each other.

Finish With Fillers

Use herbs or small leafy veggies to fill empty spaces and soften the look of the arrangement.

Fruit and Vegetable Centerpiece

Fruit and Vegetable Centerpiece

This beautiful fall centerpiece is made up entirely of fruits and vegetables, a fun switch-out of the usual flowers.

Photo by: Debbie Wolfe

Debbie Wolfe

If you don't plan to use the produce in your holiday arrangement for a meal, consider donating it to your local food pantry. Food pantries are always in need of fresh produce. For a listing of local food pantries that accept fresh produce, check out Ample Harvest.

Keep Reading

Next Up

To-Do List for Fall Gardening

October and November are good months to do some gardening and landscaping. Here are just a few things a gardener could -- or should -- be doing.

How to Make a Paper Airplane

Learn the simple steps for high-flying fun with this tutorial on five basic paper airplane patterns.

Flowering Bulbs for Fall Planting

Plant these bulbs in fall for a glorious show of color in your spring or summer garden.

How to Make an Outdoor Spiral Bench

A bench doesn’t have to be a rectangle or square. Learn how to build a three-sided spiral bench with built-in planter boxes.

Fall Planting Step-by-Step

Extend your garden season into the fall with these tips.

How To Make a Farmhouse-Style Outdoor Bench

A custom two-tone bench is a great way to dress up your yard. Select your favorite colors and tackle this project in just a half day.

How to Make a Wall Clock

Almost anything can be turned into a clock. Find out where to buy clock parts and how to assemble a customized wall clock.

The Best Veggies and Herbs to Grow in the Fall

Fall is a great time for vegetable gardening; here's a list of what to plant in late summer. 

How to Make Your Own String Art

Learn how to create your own large scale DIY string art to say your message loud and clear.

How to Make Your Own Watercolor Paints

Try this amazingly easy DIY for artists of all ages.



Get Social With Us

We love to DIY. You love to DIY. Let's get together.

Consult Our A-Z Guide

Everything You Need to Know

Browse a full list of topics found on the site, from accessories to mudrooms to wreaths.  

How-To Advice and Videos

Get video instructions about kitchens, bathrooms, remodeling, flooring, painting and more.

Watch DIY Downloads Now

Watch DIY Network LIVE

Don't miss your favorite shows in real time online.