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If you don’t have a mantel, you can do this with a coffee table, bar, counter, or whatever you have. Just pick up small pumpkins and gourds to create this beautiful Thanksgiving display. Add burlap, a few small corn husks, whatever you can find to make it look really harvest worthy. A few strategically placed turkeys (not the real ones, mind you) will really help you to make it holiday worthy.
If you don’t have a mantel, you can do this with a coffee table, bar, counter, or whatever you have. Just pick up small pumpkins and gourds to create this beautiful Thanksgiving display. Add burlap, a few small corn husks, whatever you can find to make it look really harvest worthy. A few strategically placed turkeys (not the real ones, mind you) will really help you to make it holiday worthy.
Well before you perfect your Thanksgiving turkey and pumpkin pie, take time to figure out how you're going to dress your dinner table. Even if you don't go all-out with place cards and table settings, a seasonal centerpiece is an easy (and affordable!) way to elevate your family gathering. No matter what style you're going for — rustic, glam, or full-on fall — DIY these simple yet elegant Thanksgiving centerpieces to wow your party guests with a well-dressed table. While a vase of flowers is a go-to for any party host, these easy-to-follow centerpiece ideas make your holiday setting even more personal and most of all, Instagram-worthy.
Looking for outdoor Thanksgiving decorations too? We've got a ton of those: Our Thanksgiving door decor ideas and DIY fall wreaths are an easy way to refresh your front porch and make a lasting impression on your guests—before they even set foot in your home. Of course, on Thanksgiving, the dining room table should be considered the crown jewel of your home. That's why we've put so much thought into Thanksgiving decoration ideas that'll delight your entire family—even your youngest kids. Whether you're looking for a fun kraft paper tablecloth, a printable banner, or an inexpensive arrangement, we've got you covered.
Make this gorgeous diorama and you’ll be the envy of the neighborhood. Seriously, is this not the most beautiful thing you’ve ever seen? And, it’s not nearly as difficult to make as you would think. You will need to wait until just a week or so before Thanksgiving to create it if you’re using a real pumpkin though. You don’t want it to rot with your diorama inside.
These punny aprons are the perfect DIY for anyone who's planning to spend days in the kitchen prepping for Turkey Day. It's a quick, easy craft requiring only a few materials—printable transfer paper, an iron, and an apron or two. "Watch Me Whip, Watch Me Bake Bake," "Bakers Gonna Bake," "I’m All About That Baste, and "Chop It Like It’s Hot" are a few of the printable designs offered by blogger Eden Passante.
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.
Make the Wreath: Wrap a 16-inch wreath form with burlap ribbon and loop a piece around the wreath form for hanging. Paint the tips of 40 pine cones in fall colors such as orange, yellow, and beige with acrylic paint. Brush the tips of 10 pine cones with matte Mod Podge and sprinkle with gold and copper glitter. Once dry, wrap an 18-inch length of floral wire around the base of each pinecone and twist tie around the wreath form to secure, layering and overlapping them as you go.
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.
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.
Send guests home with these adorable twine-wrapped Mason jars decorated with leaves. Whether you use vintage maps cut in the shape of leaves, store-bought craft leaves, or the real thing, you're sure to win a few compliments for these beauties (especially if you let friends and family fill them with leftovers, like this farro and acorn squash salad).

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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