Fall Tablescape {with PVC pipe}

Hey Party Peeps!

Fall is in the air & I’m so excited! I love fall…the fashion, the food, the festivals, the weather, raking millions of leaves (oh, wait…I don’t actually like that part but let’s concentrate on the positive ;p).

This Fall, my goal was to create a tablescape that was:

Unique, Thrifty & Easy to Recreate.

I’ll let you judge whether or not I accomplished my goal.

Fall log tablescape - final 2

What do you think? The candle “log” in the middle is made from PVC pipe. I bought a 24 inch pre-cut piece of PVC for about $7 & then followed these steps…

Fall log tablescape - log collage

1) With a pencil draw a line down the center of the pipe & mark 4 sections equally spaced apart.

2) Use a Bi-Metal Hole Saw & a drill

3) Drill four holes (mine were 2 1/2″ but it will depend on your tea lights) down the center.

4) Using old jar lids, hot glue two lids to either end of the pvc pipe (on the opposite side of the holes). This allows the log candle holder to stand up & not roll around. You could use other things but I wanted to save money & had these suckers underneath our kitchen sink.

Fall log tablescape - final 3

Once you have the holes drilled…

(1) Sand down the PVC pipe

(2) Take a glue gun & draw tree veins with the glue

(3) Spray the entire thing with primer & then paint the outside white

(4) Once the paint has dried, cover the outside with paper & spray the inside with gold or silver spray paint. (This took several coats to completely cover the inside. Spray one side, let it dry then spray the opposite side.)

Insert your glass tealights. The tealights I used were a little wider at the top than the bottom. The diameter of the top portion was 2 3/4″ so I used the 2 1/2″ hole saw attachment so the tealight holders slid right in.

Fall Log tablescape - gold horse

Since I was headed in the “woodsy” direction with my pvc pipe candle log, I picked up some plastic animals at the dollar store. Funny little story…I thought I had picked up 4 horses & 2 lambs (just because there weren’t enough horses). It turned out I had picked up two horses & 2 donkeys. In NO way was I trying to send a subliminal message to my “guests.” ;p I mean…I guess if there was a certain family member you disliked you could set a donkey at their seat but this was not intentional on my part…just a ditzy moment. See…I even gave MYSELF a donkey, so you know there’s not a double-meaning. ;p

I primed my little flock of animals first then sprayed them with pretty gold spray paint. When they had fully dried out in the sun, I brought them in & did a little surgery. :-( I used my exacto-knife to make a slit on the top of their backs. I uttered, “I’m sorry, I’m sorry, you won’t feel a thing…” mutiple times while performing this surgery. Strange, I know…but I still felt really weird.

My awkward surgery paid off. ;p

Fall log tablescape - final 5

The plaid napkins were made from fabric that was on sale. I bought a yard & 1/4 & squeezed out 6 napkins but I’d recommend getting at least a yard & a half (maybe even 2 yards, just to be safe). I don’t have a sewing machine so I made these the lazy girl way (not really lazy but I made them while watching reality tv, so I’m labeling myself that ;p). I used a napkin I already owned as a template & traced 6 of them onto the fabric, cut them out & used the iron-on strips to hem the edges. 1-2-3, Party ease.

Another party-cheap option for the napkins would be using guys flannel shirts from the thrift store, like I did for this camp party.

Fall log tablescape - final 4

Those burgundy leaves were also from the dollar store. I got a pack of ten for…you guessed it…$1. ;p

Fall log tablescape - final 6

Just so you can see it all lit up.

So, I want your honest opinion…do you think this is a really strange looking fall tablescape?? What’s YOUR must-have Fall food?

Hope you have a great week!

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  1. Oh wow!!! This is so awesome! Featured you today on Living Creative Thursday: http://www.livinglocurto.com/2013/09/fall-diy-craft-ideas/ Thanks so much for sharing your cool project.

  2. OMG, I simply love that log out of pvc pipe. I bet that would look great during the Christmas season.
    What a great idea. Thanks for sharing.

  3. love the faux bois look! what a great tablescape!

  4. The description dad gave was very hard to imagine- he didn’t give any details other than a pvc pipe candle holder and animals! The candle holder is GENIUS !!!!!! I love the table setting! Just wandered when we would be invited. Love to a most creative daughter!

  5. Now THIS is creative! Who would’ve thought to make faux bois out of PVC? Love it! Thank you for joining the Countdown to fall Party!

  6. Now THIS is creative! Who would’ve thought to make faux bois out of PVC? Love it! Thank you for joining the Countdown to fall Party!

    • Kim…thank you so much for hosting and for commenting! I’ve loved your blog for awhile but realized after Haven that I saw you there but I didn’t put two & two together to introduce myself! Thanks again! Hope your weekend was great! <3 Heidi Rew

  7. lol, I love it!! When you said PVC pipe and animals for the table…I have to admit, I saw a game. ;) But I just love it! Will be doing this on T-Day! Thanks!!

  8. Love the tablescape as it is very original. Favorite fall food would have to be chicken n dumplins. Prefer moms but Cracker Barrel will do in a pinch.

    • Thanks Anessia! Chicken & dumplings…oh yummy! Those have always been a favorite of mine…best comfort food! I haven’t ever had Cracker Barrel’s. Will have to try it! <3 Heidi Rew

  9. Super Cute!

  10. It looks FANTASTIC! I cannot believe you made a freakin log out of pvc and hot glue! I’m gonna share this on my FB Page!
    My go to have to have fall food is chili with freetos, cheese and sour cream on top!

    • Thanks Kelley! I sooo appreciate you sharing on your fb page and…you made my stomach growl (really, seriously) with that description of chili! Yummmm! <3 Heidi Rew

  11. What a great idea. Never would have thought of using PVC for crafting.


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