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.
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.).
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?
For a wreath that lasts from fall through Christmas, try this brown and gold arrangement.Wire dried artichokes, lotus pods and pinecones to the bottom of a grapevine wreath. Tuck brown- and gold-tinted magnolia leaves (from a crafts store) between twigs. If needed, secure leaves with hot glue. A glittery bird ornament perched on a pinecone (and secured with wire) adds shimmer.
This Thankful Tree is the ultimate decoration for the holiday. I mean, what’s more Thanksgiving-y than a Thanksgiving tree? Some twigs and a few pieces of construction paper, stationary, paint samples, or whatever you have on hand to use for the messages is all you need. Write down everything you’re thankful for, or have guests write things down as they come in and out over the Thanksgiving holiday period.
A custom banner posted in the yard can welcome guests to the event – truly useful, if they've never been to your house before. A fall centerpiece made of gleaming glass or pine cones and gourds anchors the display for the adult table. For the kids' table, honeycomb turkeys and color-your-own centerpieces add an element of fun. And for the living room and foyer, Thanksgiving cutout decorations, balloons, and wall signs remind anyone who may have missed the date (incredibly enough) that the feasting holiday is upon us.
Let the kids help you to create these adorable little pinecone turkeys. These are great for adding to any existing décor or for creating a centerpiece for the dinner table. Their little wobbly eyes are too cute, and they are really simple to create. Kids are absolutely going to love this project, and you’ll love the cheap and easy décor you get with these little gobblers.
Make the Wreath: Draw a 3-inch-wide maple leaf shape on a piece of cardboard and cut out to create a stencil. Trace on original pages (or, if preferred, photocopied pages) of a vintage book—consider a fall-themed title or mystery novel—and cut out approximately 100 leaves with decorative scissors that have a "torn paper" edge. Attach book page leaves to maple leaves with hot-glue. Attach layered leaves to a 16-inch wreath form with hot-glue, layering and overlapping them as you go. Hang with burlap ribbon.
This thankful turkey can be a decoration all month long or constructed just before your Thanksgiving dinner. To create this project, begin with a large pinecone. Cut feather shapes from scrapbook paper, crease them in half lengthwise and fringe the edges with scissors. Construct the turkey's head by cutting out an oval and a circle and adding googly eyes, a beak and a wattle. Have family or guests write what they're thankful for on the feathers and tuck feathers into pinecone.