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Farmhouse Tablescape for Autumn

{{gasp!!}} I blinked and summer flew by! wow. Anyone else feel that way? Literally it’s like a switch was flipped because we went from 80° to 50° in a day. Not that I don’t love autumn, but I also love to have warm feet. haha. Today, I’m joining the ranks of fall and creating a farmhouse tablescape to celebrate the season.

Vintage Minnow Buckets for Home Decor | prodigalpieces.com

Do you know what these are? I love to find these are flea markets, especially with the gorgeous patina like these have. I’ve had many fly out of my online shop.  I’ll give you a minute to guess…and maybe they’ll bring back a memory. Minnow buckets! If you like to fish or know someone who does, they put their minnows in there (usually with an outer bucket to hold water). I envision them a bit differently though.

DIY TIME

First, to get my farmhouse tablescape set up, I’m going to wipe the slate clean on my dining table. This will give me fresh inspiration.

Dining Table Before Farmhouse Tablescape for Fall by Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces #diy #home #farmhouse #fall #tablescape

You can see my past tablescapes in previous posts HERE. I definitely am one to skip the box store decor and go for natural or thrifted finds. This time around, I’m following suit and using those minnow buckets as a base to my display. To make it easier to visualize, I’ve created a video tutorial for you to view later in the post. However, I’ll also explain in step form here.

Now with my space free and clear of clutter (trust me, there’s always clutter here), I’m ready to add my layers. First, I use a thrifted lace tablecloth as the base. Does it fit my table? No. But, that doesn’t mean I still can’t use it. Then, on top of the tablecloth I place my handmade burlap runner. It’s literally a piece of burlap I cut up and fringed the edges.

DIY Fall Farmhouse Tablescape Layers by Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces

Next, on top of that I lay a few scrap pieces of reclaimed elm from our living room remodel. Talk about low-key! This will serve as my riser to create dimension and texture.

NEXT STEPS

Time to add some lovely fall features from out side. If you’ve hung around with me for long, you know I just love to garden. Whether it’s flowers to veggies, that’s where it’s at. My goal is to plant things I can enjoy in more ways than one. Take, for instance, my limelight hydrangeas. They are gorgeous for a bright snowy white display thru summer…

Snowy White Limelight Flowers | by Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces

…followed by the pinks and greens nearing autumn.

Limelight Hydrangeas in Autumn | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces

In addition to these, I’ll be clipping some of my autumn joy (sedum) and my zebra grass to add to my farmhouse tablescape.

Fall Foliage Landscaping with Autumn Joy and Zebra Grass by Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

Here’s my garden loot ready for a new life as decor.

Natural Fall Decorating with Garden Goodies by Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces.com

Flowers, a few of my gourds, and a white pumpkin from a local haunt. Before I start, I stick a battery-operated candle in each minnow bucket to use as a lantern. Then, drop in a plastic container like this. Though, I paint them first and add a flower frog (see video).

Plastic Container for Fall Tablescape | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces

Flower Frog for Farmhouse Tablescape | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces

THE REVEAL

After some quick assembly and a few nature extras, here’s my DIY farmhouse tablescape for autumn.

Natural Farmhouse Fall Tablescape with Video Tutorial by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces #farmhouse #fall #diy #home #homedecor #dining

Fall Flower Display in Farmhouse Minnow Bucket by Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces #flowers #farmhouse #fall

Bring on the pinks and greens! All the colors of fall are just so amazing, aren’t they?

DIY Autumn Tablescape by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces #fall #autumn #diy #home #homedecor

Farmhouse Style Fall Tablescape with Natural & Thrifted Elements by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces #diy #home #fall #farmhouse #homedecor

In addition, a few pinecones from our latest family getaway, a few mushrooms, and a couple of brown glass bottles from our vanilla and stevia in our kitchen.

Simple Fall Tablescape without Box Store Decor by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces #fall #farmhouse #tablescape

Autumn Flower Display by Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces #farmhouse #flowers #home #homedecor #diy

See how that one zebra grass frond opened up when I brought it in? So pretty! I just love using those through the winter. Also, you can dry these hydrangea easily by replacing the water daily and just letting them do their thing. It keeps me sane in the winter months!

Table Top Fall Farmhouse Tablescape by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces #farmhouse #fall #autumn #diy #homedecor

Simple Farmhouse Dining Tablescape by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces #farmhouse #fall #home #homedecor

Subscribe to Prodigal Pieces on YouTube for DIY video tutorials and a whole lotta fun | prodigalpieces.com

Oh, and here they are lit up with those candles inside the buckets. I love it!

Minnow Bucket Lantern for Farmhouse Fall Tablescape by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces #farmhouse #upcycled #vintage #diy

Autumn Evening Tablescape by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces #farmhouse #fall #diy

They add ambiance and that soothing glow that welcomes in the changing times with the seasons.

Rustic Minnow Bucket Lantern by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces #farmhouse #fall #home #upcycled

This was so super fun for me. Truly, my goal is to inspire you. So many send notes and emails asking how to change up their home on a budget. It can be a simple as just starting fresh and using only what you can find. However, it can be a treasure hunt too! And, it’s even better when you get the whole family involved.

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Autumn Flower Vignette for Farmhouse Decor by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces #fall #autumn #home #farmhouse

SHARING

Likewise, do pin and share my farmhouse tablescape for fall decor to inspire others to have fun too. I’d love to hear you feedback below or how you love to decorate too.

Skip the box store and keep your fall decor simple with this DIY farmhouse tablescape by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces #fall #farmhouse #dining #upcycled

Up next, it’s Reduce, Reuse, REFASHION time! I’ll be making use of these thrifted sweaters. Come see what they became HERE.

Thrifted Sweaters Before Upcycle by Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces

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Also, more ways to decorate like this farmhouse tablescape for fall:

 

Create your own farmhouse fall vignette without breaking the bank (or going to the box store). Larissa of Prodigal Pieces shows you how in her video tutorial | Head to prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces #diy #fall #farmhouse #home #homedecor #autumnBreak out those vintage buttons and create this super cute fall pumpkin button art. Three different projects for you and your kids to create for Prodigal Pieces Kids CREATE | Video tutorial at prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces #kids #crafts #pumpkin #fall #home #homedecor #farmhouse

 

Comments

  1. Rebecca - NC says

    Soooooo much cuter than anything you can buy!! And the minnow buckets remind me of being a little girl going fishing with my Grandpa at the lake. What a lovely tablescape!! 😍

    • Larissa says

      yippee!! Thanks so much, Rebecca. 😀 Yes, they remind me of simpler days as child…seems forever ago!

  2. Kaycee says

    Hi Larissa, I love your tablescape. It’s got such a beautiful look at night with the candles lit. What a genius idea girl!

    • Larissa says

      Hi Kaycee! Thank you so much. I just love bringing nature in.

  3. Mary says

    That is such a beautiful centerpiece Larissa. I love the use of candles. We sell tins like this at Michaels but yours look so much better and authentic.

    • Larissa says

      I had such fun with it and I hope you can tell. Thank you, Mary! 😀

  4. ColleenB.~Tx. says

    How Clever. Beautiful Fall arrangements and such a great use for them minnow buckets. Puts a whole new light on things. :} Nice touch on adding the battery tea lights.

    • Larissa says

      Thank you, Colleen. There’s so many possibilities using nature in decor.

  5. Deanna says

    What a beautiful autumnal tablescape! You are such a talented lady! Hope you get some time to sit there with some tea/coffee/hot cocoa and enjoy the moment.

    • Larissa says

      Ooh…now that would be a treat. I’m having more fun watching my kids climb on a chair to peek at everything. They helped bring in the mushrooms and mini bouquets…melts my heart.

  6. Tess says

    Love the minnow bucket homegrown arrangement! The candle inside is extra cool!
    Well done!

  7. gwen says

    HI Larissa, i love my minnow baskets all summer long on either side of my walkway with small potted plants. i like them because they drain so well. this Fall update is great with the candle light! i think my buckets have styrofoam lining, so i’ll have to tear that out to illuminate for fall with dried flowers but that’ll be easy and will still look great outside lighting my path! thanks for the idea!

    • Larissa says

      Love that idea, Gwen! I can’t wait to use these for all seasons. So many ways! I often sell them, but this pair imma keepin’. 🙂

  8. Mary says

    Soooo gorgeous Larissa! I’ve got to go “shopping” in one of my sheds…I think I have one of those buckets! And my limelight hydrangea and sedum were just waiting for an idea. Thank you again for inspiring us and creating beauty in your corner of the world! 💕

    • Larissa says

      You go girl!! I hope you find one. Have fun with it! 😀 And, my pleasure to share.

  9. Becky says

    Your bait buckets have never looked so good in their lives! 😊

  10. Marie-Interior Frugalista says

    I had no idea those were minnow buckets and I was raised in the summer months on a lake! What I love most about your fall tablescape is that everything is thrifted and forged from your yard. Now that’s a tablescape with a story! Love how you lit up the minnow buckets too.

    • Larissa says

      haha. Too funny! I remember the first time I found one at a flea market after not seeing one for decades. It took me right back to my childhood. Crazy! I’m tickled you enjoy my tablescape, Marie. Thank you.

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