Chances are that anyone not preparing food will be glued to the football games, or idly messaging on their phones, or doing any one of the things that people do as they bide their time on Thanksgiving Day. No doubt the house is spotless, and the table is dressed in holiday finery, but how much more engaging would the party be with the right Thanksgiving decorations in place?
The trick to affordable Thanksgiving decorations is to use your natural surroundings. Do you have pine trees and maple trees in your backyard? Then use them in your decorations! If you can find cheap pumpkins, gourds, apples or cranberries, then buy them to use for your Thanksgiving decor and work with what you have in your home already (vases, candleholders, jars, etc.).

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Make a pretty centerpiece or mantel decoration by layering seasonal materials in clear glass cylinder vases. We started with corn kernels, then added burgundy cockscomb celosia, orange bittersweet, pale green dried hops and brown oak leaves. Top with a rust-color pillar candle. Change candles if the flame gets close to the dried material, or use a battery-powered candle for safety.
Create a beautiful table display that shows off the bounty of the season. Cylindrical vases filled with birdseed provide a sturdy base for branches from which small pumpkins dangle on bits of twine. Between the vases, hollowed-out gourds hold candles as well as berries. Finish the look by arranging berries, pinecones, gourds, branches and moss around the vases.
Some string or rope, a few leaves and other fall foliage, and just a handful of other supplies and you’ve got the makings of this lovely Thanksgiving garland. Hang this up across the mantel, or anywhere you need to add a little holiday cheer. It’s easy to make and completely customizable. You can use whatever you want. Add in cranberries, cloves, and maybe some cinnamon sticks and it will also give your home a wonderful Thanksgiving smell.
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