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Three Thanksgiving Centerpieces for Under 15 Dollars Total.

Updated on September 21, 2012
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Flower crazy and flower power are my incentives for this series of flower-related articles. I make flower arrangements for all occasions.

Fresh Thanksgiving Centerpiece


Just two days before Thanksgiving, I made a trip to the Farmer’s market. My mission?- --To buy fresh autumn flowers to dress up Thanksgiving. Of course, the turkey is a must—after all, it’s called Turkey day but the occasion would be more festive with some colors of fall. So, to the market I go—I’ve a budget restraint—to spend as little as I possibly can for the best-looking flowers. Sounds like a pie in the sky? Well, we’ll find out.

I walked one complete round around the Farmer’s market to see all the flower stands. I asked around for the prices. I play around with the choices I had mentally picked out when I walked around. I ended up with four varieties-- $14 in total. I added one dollar for effort and gas money.

If you go to the florist with 15 dollars, you won’t end up with a substantial arrangement. Maybe, a couple of roses at most but not a whole full centerpiece. I ended up with 3 centerpieces!

Breakdown of flowers:

One big bunch of Eucalyptus leaves: $3

One bunch of white mums: $3

One bunch of yellow flowers ( I don't know the name): $3

5 Proteas : $5

Total: $14

The other paraphernalia I use are things I have around the house. I usually buy them on sale. These include vases, floral foam, candles or candle stand. I also use free greens from my yard to beef up the arrangement.

I use the best and most of the flowers for the first arrangement. It will sit on the dining table where the holidays guests will be. Beautiful flowers can induce appetite...I'm pretty sure about that.

Thanksgiving Centerpiece with Candle

This arrangement pulls together all the colors of autumn to make an elegant centerpiece. Even the candle plays along with the color scheme. Now, all that's left to do is light the candle!


Thanksgiving Centerpiece with Cranberries

Have lots of cranberries lying around at this time of the year? Put them to good use--string them together like you're stringing beads on a necklace on a floral wire and viola--a string of rosy cranberries to accent your arrangement. I also cut the white mums very short and stick them on the floral form so it looks like you've a floral vase.


Eucalyptus Centerpiece

Not all centerpieces have to be gaudy or showy. Sometimes, all you need is some good-looking foliage and they will show themselves off, no help needed...quite like the natural beauty who doesn't need much make-up (don't we all wish that or maybe not?).

I love fresh Eucalyptus at this time of the year--the smell is not only uplifting, it promotes a festive autumn mood that only Eucalyptus can do. So what I did was a no-brainer--I simply put branches of Eucalyptus in a vase and sprinkle cranberries around at the base for effect.


So, there you've it. Three centerpieces and the total cost is only $15. Something we can be thankful for--that our money can go a long way with a little ingenuity.

Happy Thanksgiving!!


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    anglnwu 5 years ago

    Easy Exercise, thanks for reading this and commenting. The best way to cut cost is to get flowers from our own backyard. I think magnolia will work. Balance is key and if it doesn't look good, you can always change the arrangement. I've been known to do this until I'm satisfied with the look. Thanks.

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    Kelly A Burnett 5 years ago from United States

    Hi Anglnwu,

    I have always wanted to arrange flowers, I even purchased a book to help guide me. Your explanation was motivating and very helpful.

    I always thought it would be way too expensive at the store or even farmer's market.

    I hope to have a ton of lilacs this spring and enjoy the scent. I want to add a magnolia and follow some of your tips and replace the proteas with a trio of magnolia - would this work?

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    anglnwu 5 years ago

    House to House, thanks for your kind comments. I love creating things wiht very little money too.

    Rtalloni, thanks for reading and commenting. Always good to hear from you.

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    RTalloni 5 years ago from the short journey

    Beautiful ideas, as usual. :) You've done a lot with great economy which makes your examples even more appealing.

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    Susan Sweatman 5 years ago from Trussville, AL

    Great centerpieces! I love creating beautiful things with very little money. Love the fun of hunt for great deals!

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    anglnwu 5 years ago

    Thanks, Jill, for your kind comments. I wish you live right next to me too. We'll have so much fun.

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    jill of alltrades 5 years ago from Philippines

    These are so lovely Angeline! I really wish we are just neighbors so I can get your beautiful creations!

    Vote up and beautiful!

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    anglnwu 5 years ago

    Thanks, Lady E, haha--I know for a fact that flowers induce appetite--at least for me , it does. Thanks for dropping by to comment.

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    Elena 5 years ago from London, UK

    They are lovely - Brilliant Bargain too. It's always nice to have beauty around the house. Interesting to know that beautiful flowers can induce appetite. Thanks Angeline.

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    anglnwu 5 years ago

    Thanks, Rebeccamealey, good to see you here and thanks for your comments.

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    Rebecca Mealey 5 years ago from Northeastern Georgia, USA

    Your centerpieces are gorgeous, I love them. the eucalypti and cranberries are awesome!

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    anglnwu 5 years ago

    So good to see you here, Ruchira. The Eucalyptus is especially aromatic. Thanks for dropping by to comment.

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    Ruchira 5 years ago from United States

    Wow this is so creative and yet saves money.

    I am sure these give out such beautiful fragrances when set on the table.

    Voted up as beautiful and useful. Voted up adn shared across

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    anglnwu 5 years ago

    Om, thanks for your comments. Going to Thailand? That beats staying here for Thanksgiving. I can imagine how much fun you'll have making centerpieces with the flowers you'll find. Enjoy your's only 2 months away!

    catsimmons, that's how the idea came to me. I love making my own cranberries sauce and then, I 've all these cranberries lying around--so the idea of stringing them came to me. Also, you can fill a jar with cranberries and put a candle in it--makes the occasion festive. Cranberries can multi-task as well. Thanks for dropping by to comment.

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    Catherine Simmons 5 years ago from Mission BC Canada

    Threading the cranberries onto wire is such a great idea! I might do something like this for this year. I like to make cranberry sauce from scratch and always end up with lots left over!

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    Om Paramapoonya 5 years ago

    I love the Eucalyptus one! So charmingly simple. I like how you put cranberries around the base to give it some color. Well, Steve and I will be in Thailand around Thanksgiving time, so there will be no celebrating. BUT I might arrange a centerpiece for one of my family gatherings just for fun! Thanks for this lovely hub, my dear Flower Whisperer.

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    anglnwu 5 years ago

    Just Ask Susan, you're right--part of the fun is seeing how far you can stretch the dollar. With three centerpieces, we can well afford to give one or two away. Thanks for dropping by to comment.

    anupma, I love flowers very much too. Thanks for commenting and for voting it up.

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    anglnwu 5 years ago

    Movie Master, so good to see you again. Thanks for your kind words and votes up. Have a great weekend.

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    anglnwu 5 years ago

    teaches, thank you for your kind words. I love Eucalyptus too, too much for my own good. Glad you like it.

    Mhatter99, always good to see you and thanks for the compliment.

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    Dr Anupma Srivastava 5 years ago from India

    Beautiful thanksgiving gifts. I like flowers very much. And like to give and take it as gifts.

    Beautiful hub.

    Voted up, beautiful and interesting.

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    Susan Zutautas 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

    Beautiful centerpieces and for so little money too. My favorite one is the first one. I'll have to start thinking about making one soon as in Canada we celebrate Thanksgiving in October. Thanks so much for all the great ideas.

    Sharing, pinning and voting +++

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    Movie Master 5 years ago from United Kingdom

    Hi anginwu, you are so talented and creative, I love your arrangements!

    These are so beautiful and so cheap to make!

    Thank you for the ideas and voted up.

    Best wishes Lesley

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    anglnwu 5 years ago

    Suzie HQ, you're right, these ideas can be used for other occasions. Thanks for reading and for the vote up.

    Pamela, it's amazing how much you can do with so little. I always check out prices of flowers whenever I'm in the grocery store and it boggles my mind how expensive they can be. Thanks for reading.

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    anglnwu 5 years ago

    Carol, thank you for your kind comments and voting across. Always a pleasure to see you.

    Arlene, miss you too. I've been busy and haven't done much writing. THis hub was intended for last Thanksgiving but since I couldn't release it in time, I kept it for this year. As always, happy to hear from you and totally appreciate your support.

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    Martin Kloess 5 years ago from San Francisco

    These are indeed beautiful,at any price. Thank you for sharing

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    Dianna Mendez 5 years ago

    These are all so beautiful, and to think all for only $15! You are a creative genius! Love the eucalyptus spigs and they smell very nice too. Thanks for the ideas. Voted up and pinned.

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    Pamela Oglesby 5 years ago from United States

    I think your center pieces are so attractive. It is amazing that the cost is so low as they are really beautiful. You make me want to plan ahead for our holiday. Thanks.

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    Suzanne Ridgeway 5 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

    Hi Angin,

    Loved this genius idea! We don't celebrate thanksgiving but these can be used for many occasions which is why I read and really loved what you did on a low budget Great work and lovely photos hard to give a favourite because I want all 3!!

    vote up more and sharing!! Well done!

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    Arlene V. Poma 5 years ago

    ANGIN, I MISSED READING YOUR WORK! I absolutely LOVE, LOVE, LOVE your ideas, but my favorite is the Eucalyptus Centerpiece. I am hosting Thanksgiving this year, so I will be doing this. Simply gorgeous! A+++

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    carol stanley 5 years ago from Arizona

    You are just too talented and under budget restraints..pretty cool. Loved the pictures and a beautiful job. Worth sharing and of course a vote or five across the board.