I like decorating for the holidays with natural elements that I find in my backyard, like using the holly to make a winter holiday centerpiece. I also have pinecones littering the back of my yard from a neighbor’s tree that I use for decorations from time to time.

pinecone and wheat centerpieceWayfair Ideas and Advice sent me an idea to use those pinecones for Thanksgiving, and I thought I’d share it with you.

There are several reasons why I like this arrangement.

  • It’s simple. It will take you just a few moments to put together and would work well if you have to put something together at the last minute.
  • It’s inexpensive. You probably already have a glass vase or container. If you don’t have pinecones in your yard, you may be able to collect them from a public area. If you can’t gather them, the pinecones and the dried wheat are available at craft stores.
  • The palate is neutral. It doesn’t matter what hues you’ve used for Thanksgiving, this pinecone and wheat arrangement will be a complement.
  • The elements are compostable and reusable. When you’re done with the pinecones and dried wheat, they can be composted or even put out with the yard waste to be picked up if your community has that service. The glass vase, of course, can be reused over and over.

Pinecone and Wheat Arrangement

  1. Start with a tall glass cylinder vase.
  2. Fill it with small pinecones and dried wheat.
  3. Display it on a narrow ledge or in a tight space that can benefit from visual height, such as a mantel or console table.

Robin Shreeves ( @rshreeves ) focuses on food from a family perspective from her home base in New Jersey.