Rustic Centerpiece Ideas


Whether you are hosting a casual family dinner or a special event, a rustic centerpiece can be a unique focal point for the table. Look to the outdoors for organic elements for rustic centerpiece ideas. Branches, leaves and pinecones gathered in rustic baskets are stylish in their simplicity. Other materials to consider include fresh fruit, vegetables, flowers and candles. With a little imagination, you can create a distinctive rustic centerpiece for your next gathering.

Organic Materials

  • Look no farther than your backyard, neighborhood or park for rustic centerpiece ideas from nature. Organic materials such as branches, leaves, stones, twigs and pine cones make one-of-a-kind rustic centerpieces. Put a pillar candle in a glass hurricane jar and place it in the center of a grapevine wreath. Surround the jar with leaves or pine cones to make a simple rustic centerpiece. Lay a small, bare tree branch on a table runner in the center of the table for a low, nature-inspired centerpiece.Use spray paint to paint the tree branch a color, if desired, to coordinate with table linens and the room's color scheme.

Wood Bowls and Boxes

  • Use vintage wood bowls or boxes or vintage-style containers for centerpiece containers. Line a wood box with burlap and fill with seasonal vegetables like squash, mini pumpkins and gourds. A rustic bowl filled with fresh fruit and berries can do double duty as a centerpiece and dessert.

Stone Pitchers, Jars and Crocks

  • Rustic containers such as stone pitchers, Mason jars or crocks can hold silk or fresh flowers. Add water to floral foam to hold fresh flowers in containers that won't hold water. Appropriate rustic flower choices include sunflowers, daisies or wildflowers in pale colors or earthy golds, yellows and oranges.


  • Fresh flowers can lie sideways in a rustic basket giving a just-picked-from-the-garden appearance. Woven baskets can hold twigs, gourds and other elements from nature. Tie a gingham bow around the handle of a basket, lay a clean, gingham dish towel in the bottom and fill it with a stack of brownies or cookies for a delicious dessert centerpiece.

Rustic Candles

  • Display candles in Mason jars, on wooden trays or in rustic, wrought-iron lanterns. A tray of glass votives surrounded by small, smooth stones can be simple yet stunning. Carve out holes in a few apples and use them as candleholders. Find apples with flat bottoms so they will sit level on the table. Remove the stem and half an inch of the core with an apple corer. Insert a sprig of rosemary and a 6-inch taper candle.

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