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Grateful Mod Centerpiece #2: Table “Forest”

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This cute little “table forest” arrangement was so much fun to make – and super easy! It coordinates with the Grateful Mod Tablescape and you could use it as an alternate centerpiece option to the (more involved) design featured on the table, or as accent decor elsewhere at your fall party or Thanksgiving dinner.

Once again, these utilize the free Grateful Mod printables, which were created in honor of Operation Give Thanks, in support of our troops.

Here are the DIY details:

Grateful Mod Printable Patterns & Embellishments (download them here)
Craft circle punches 2 different sizes or a paper circle cutter – (I used 2″ & 2.5″ punches here)
Cookie sticks (available at craft/baking stores)
Glue stick and tacky glue or hot glue
Vase + *vase filler
Floral foam or styrofoam

1. Punch circles from the paper patterns. For each circle, you’ll actually need to glue 2 circles together front-to-back to create double-sided circles with the pattern facing out. This will ensure the arrangements looks good from both sides. Big trees = 3 big circles + 1 small circle. Small trees = 2 big circles + 1 small circle.

2. Glue circles together to form “tree tops” and let dry.

3. Use tacky glue or a hot glue gun to attach the “tree tops” to cookies sticks. Let dry.

4. Fill your vase with foam. Add small pieces if necessary to create a snug fit.

5. Stick the trees into the foam to stand them up.

6. Cover the foam with a bright orange filler. (see note at the bottom regarding filler options)

7. Embellish the vase with a band of ribbon wrapped all the way around the vase, and one of the printable embellishments on both sides. (The embellishment will cover the point where the edges of the ribbon meet, so you can just attach the ribbon to the vase with tape to make things easy since it will be hidden anyways!)


*Vase filler: I used tiny orange styrofoam balls that I bought at Wholesale Flowers in San Diego last year for the vase filler pictured here.  Since it was a seasonal item, I don’t think they always have them in stock. If anyone knows of shopping resources for where to purchase these online, please let me know and I’ll add the link here! And if you can’t find these tiny foam balls, then opaque orange vase gems, bright orange sand, or even orange candies are great alternatives!

By |2018-02-12T10:26:42-07:00November 11th, 2010|Free Printables, Thanksgiving|

About the Author:

Jennifer Sbranti is the founder of Hostess with the Mostess®, a creative living and party planning resource established in 2006. She lives in Northern California with her husband, Sonny, and daughters Macy (9) and Rylie (7). Sbranti’s work has been featured in media outlets such as Good Morning America, The Today Show, Real Simple, People, InStyle Weddings, and Extra! TV. She has designed creative content and unique live events for several well-respected brands, including Mattel, Coca-Cola, The Hershey Company, Toys”R”Us, Pottery Barn Kids, and Starbucks.


  1. Ces November 11, 2010 at 9:40 am

    I love it! Is there a tutorial for the first centerpiece?

    • jenn s. November 11, 2010 at 9:51 am

      DIY for the first centerpiece is coming tomorrow! :)

  2. Mindy November 11, 2010 at 9:44 am

    so simple, easy and cute!!

  3. Melina November 11, 2010 at 9:49 am

    We’re having guests over for dinner on Sunday — I think this is the perfect addition to the table. Thanks for sharing!!

  4. Tina- Bash Event Studio November 11, 2010 at 11:23 am

    I love the colors! You can find the tiny styrofoam balls at Hobby Lobby, the colors my differ but I’m quite they have a color that will work with this project.

  5. Laurie November 11, 2010 at 11:53 am

    This is so beautiful! I love that its not the traditional fall leaves and pumpkins!! In one of the images above it looks like full sheets of printed paper was used to cut the circles out of, but I didn’t see the full sheets of paper in the downloaded PDF’s. Will you be adding that to the downloads? Thanks so much for sharing!

  6. Bird November 11, 2010 at 11:48 am

    I have the exact same punches inthe exact same colors! :)LOVE the tute!! xoxo

  7. Sandra November 11, 2010 at 1:27 pm

    Love this idea, thanks for the printables and directions. I can’t believe how you have time to post considering your revows this weekend. Best Wishes this weekend and have a faboulous time in Vegas, can’t wait to see the details. Thanks for all the inspiration, you are the BEST thats why I LOVE this website!

  8. Tricia @ {every}nothing wonderful November 11, 2010 at 3:49 pm

    Love this – great variation on the cookie stick trend! Interesting and enticing!

  9. Douglas (Watkins) November 11, 2010 at 3:12 pm

    Simple yet elegant

  10. Maureen from Anders Ruff Custom Designs November 11, 2010 at 5:19 pm

    SO FUN!
    I love those floral balls…we use it for staging all of the time! (They look like candy! )


  11. Kelly November 13, 2010 at 7:14 am

    This is such a beautiful display! Do you have recommendations for stores where these printables will look best? I was thinking a Kinko’s for the large pattern papers and my home printer for the rest. What are your thoughts?

  12. Shannon November 13, 2010 at 6:02 pm

    I LOVE this centerpiece but I can’t find the vase anywhere!! Does anyone know where I can get one? I’ve already tried Michael’s, Christmas Tree Shoppes, and Ikea. Thanks!

    • Adrienne November 20, 2010 at 3:49 pm

      Crate and Barrel has square ones but not a rectangle — I’m looking for one too! :)

  13. Deepika December 3, 2010 at 5:08 pm


    Suggestions on where
    to find vases like this???


  14. Jesse April 14, 2011 at 6:05 pm

    This is so cute. My sister gave me an easter gift last year that was a small pail filled with rocks and lollipops sticking out of it like flowers in a pot. She got lollipops from this site. They sell bouquet flower candy, so I’m assuming she bought one of these and just took them apart. It’s a really cute, small Spring gift for someone.

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