Rustic Fall Table Centerpiece: Embracing the Colors of Autumn

fall tablescape with rusted tray, with candle, leaves and pumpkins

I just love fall — the cooler nights, carving pumpkins, drinking warm cider, smelling freshly baked apple pies, wearing cozy sweaters, and oh the brilliant colors as the foliage explodes with shades of red and orange! So I want to share this rustic fall table decor to inspire you to create a beautiful centerpiece that celebrates the colors of fall!


Until this last year, I was a school administrator and thus never had time to decorate for fall. Now that I am retired and doing education consultant work, I have more time and enjoy decorating our home for different seasons.

A Connection with My Dad

My father passed away on July 27, 2017. I miss him, but know I will see him when I get to Heaven. Dad had several old cars and trucks. He loved to restore old vehicles. This container (oblong metal box in the photo above) is the toolbox (behind the driver’s seat) in one of three of trucks Dad had behind his barn. I believe the truck is from the 1940s.

When something old and rusty … is so beautiful!

I just love using something that is genuinely old and rustic. It also reminds me of my Dad.

Burlap, Fall Leaves, and a Candle . . . to create a rustic fall table centerpiece

I used a piece of burlap under the toolbox. Next, I purchased two sticks/sprays of fall leaves with some attached gourds and a few more faux gourds from Hobby Lobby. And now for the candle…I already had this brown candle (but later replaced it with a taller candle that was the same color).

Putting it all together to create this rustic fall table centerpiece

I simply placed each of the two sprays in the center of the “toolbox” with the base of each next to the candle and then let the top overflow from the ends of the toolbox. To make if a little fuller, I then gently placed the additional gourds on top of the leaves.

I think it turned out really nice. I see it each time I enter the front door as do guests. It is a beautiful reminder that autumn is here! It also reminds me of my sweet father. When I recreated this centerpiece this year, I added pinecones and hickory nuts found in our yard for a more rustic look.

Happy Fall!

And one final look . . .  

Let us know what you think about our rustic fall table centerpiece by commenting below.

Please share how you decorate for fall.


  1. Cindy on 10/27/2018 at 11:05 AM

    I found a metal box at Hobby Lobby and going to try to replicate this for my dining room centerpiece.

  2. Sannygeway on 12/11/2018 at 9:25 PM

    Nice posts! 🙂

  3. Sandra on 09/13/2019 at 12:48 PM

    This is so beautiful! I have not decorated for fall yet but your post got me motivated. I told my husband we are going to Hobby Lobby this weekend.

    • Suzanne on 09/13/2019 at 12:49 PM

      Thanks, Sandra!

      We are thrilled you like our centerpiece. It was fun to put together and it reminds me of my Dad. ?

      Happy Shopping!


  4. Kate on 09/14/2019 at 8:39 AM

    I enjoy decorating for fall too . I appreciate how you share about yourself in your writings. I feel like I know you.

    • Suzanne on 09/14/2019 at 9:26 AM

      Thank you so much, Kate. I enjoy just telling our story, so I am glad you appreciate this.

      Thanks for reading our blog and taking the time to comment.


  5. kiara satchell on 09/23/2019 at 2:09 PM

    I love this so much!

    • Suzanne on 09/23/2019 at 2:36 PM

      Thank you so much Kiara! We love decorating for fall!

  6. Samantha on 09/27/2020 at 9:55 AM

    This is so festive and how precious to use something to remind you of your Daddy.

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