If you're looking for a little sophisticated modern fall table decor to craft this Autumn then look no further! This sweet table decoration is perfect for the Thanksgiving table, decorating your home this fall or even as a classy Halloween decoration.
I'm a lover of metallics and glitter and today I'm bringing those things into this Fall craft. The pretty rose gold (or copper) glitter pumpkins sparkle beautifully against the little string lights in this glass cloche.
I originally made this table decor as a Halloween craft but it definitely suits a prime location all the way through Fall. I made my sweet modern fall table decor four years ago now and it's still one of my absolute favourite crafts. The only thing I regret is that I can't have it on display all year round!
If you're a lover of free printables be sure to check out my Farmhouse Thanksgiving Printable Table Decor. Right, now onto the modern fall table decor tutorial. You can watch the video further below or keep scrolling for full instructions and images.
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DIY MODERN FALL TABLE DECOR SUPPLIES
- Glass cloche/dome
- Battery operated string lights
- 12 small styrofoam pumpkins
- Artificial moss
- 22g Rose gold fine glitter
- Black acrylic paint
- White acrylic paint
- Opal acrylic paint
- Craft glue
- Crystal clear permanent setting spray (optional)
- Spray adhesive (yes, I forgot to put it in the pic below – oops!)
- 5 paper ice cream cups/paper cups (or check your local discount store)
- Paint palette/plate
HOW TO MAKE A MODERN FALL TABLE DECOR CENTERPIECE
STEP #1 | Making the Glitter Pumpkins
Add glue to your foam pumpkins
Pour your glitter into a cup. Using a paintbrush, cover a foam pumpkin in craft glue (image 1 below). Don't be shy, make sure you use plenty of glue to coat it.
Sprinkle the glitter
Take your glued up foam pumpkin and dip it into the glitter cup (image 2 below). Once you've coated half the pumpkin in glitter, stick a toothpick into the glitter-covered half (image 3 below). This will help you hold the pumpkin for better coverage.
Continue coating your pumpkin in glitter (image 4 below). You will need to play around with this a little, spinning the pumpkin and using your fingers to add more glitter into all of the hard to reach spots.
After adding your glitter, turn one of your spare paper cups upside down. Use the toothpick to poke a hole and stand your pumpkin in. This will allow it to dry without any glitter falling off. Repeat the glueing and glittering so you have a total of 4 rose gold glitter pumpkins.
Set the glitter pumpkins
This step is optional. Using a setting spray will help reduce the glitter from falling off the pumpkins. However since they're sitting inside the glass dome and won't be handled too much, this would only be minimal anyway.
Once your glitter pumpkins have dried, in a well-ventilated area lightly spray each pumpkin to set (image 5 below). Place back into cup for the setting spray to dry once again.
Cleaning up the glitter
We don't want to waste all of that pretty glitter! Using this cleanup method, I barely used much of the 22 grams of glitter. Fold a sheet of clean, scrap paper in half. Pour all of the remaining glitter from your glitter cup onto the piece of paper (image 6 below).
Holding the paper at the crease, gently pour your glitter back into the container.
STEP #2 | Paint the other pumpkins
Using a paintbrush, cover 4 foam pumpkins in Opal paint colour. As with the previous step, paint one half of the pumpkin. Then stick a toothpick into that half to help finish painting the rest. Use the toothpick to poke a hole into a paper cup to stand each pumpkin in. Allow them to dry.
Repeating the same process as with the last 4 pumpkins, use white paint to coat and then stand them in a paper cup to dry. You should now have a total of 12 pumpkins drying for your modern fall table decor. Time to get onto the glass cloche!
STEP #3 | Paint the base of the glass dome
With the black paint and paintbrush, paint one side of the cloche base. Place it on a paper cup to dry (those things come in handy don't they?!)
Once the first side is dry, paint the other side and then also leave that to dry.
STEP #4 | Adhere artificial moss to the dome's base
Once the base of your glass dome has completely dried, in a well-ventilated area spray a small amount of adhesive to the inside of the base (image 1 below). Allow for the adhesive to become tacky before attaching moss.
Begin sticking the moss (image 2 below). Once you're happy with the placement of it, remove any other little pieces that may have become stuck in the groove (if you have one) or outside rim of the dome base.
You may need to spray a little more adhesive over the moss for extra stick (image 3 below).
STEP #5 | Place the string lights into your glass dome
Now we're getting to the fun part of our modern fall table decor! At this point, if you wish to, switch on the string lights. Place the lights into the glass dome, leaving the battery/switch towards the opening.
STEP #6 | Add pumpkins to your modern fall table decor
Holding the battery at the opening of the glass dome, place all of your pumpkins in. I didn't really have a method for this, I just tried to make it random but still ensure I managed to space the colours out.
STEP #7 | Bring it all together
Tip the base onto the glass dome to seal the cloche. Give your pumpkins a bit of a shake if you want to change the placement a little.
Admire your gorgeous modern fall table decor!
You can use this modern fall table decor as part of a centerpiece, on the mantel or beside a big old bowl of Halloween treats! It would look delightful at the Thanksgiving dinner table, on a hall stand or just to keep around for the Fall season. I did make some Halloween wall art to go with this craft, you can download my rose gold Halloween wall art for free in the printables library.
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