Now that the ghouls and goblins have been safely put away, it’s time to transform our homes and welcome a bounty of warm colors, delicious aromas and lots of friends and family! Thanksgiving is quickly approaching, so here are some easy ideas to decorate for the wonderful holiday ahead. I can’t wait to try some of these! (All of these ideas came from one of my favorite DIY sites, www.midwestliving.com).
As family or guests arrive for Thanksgiving, have them write what they are thankful for on a paper leaf and pin it up. This frame was constructed using a linen-covered foam core and an old frame. Cut paper leaves from old books or scrapbook paper in different fall shades.
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.
Hues of Autumn
Footed glass containers show off ribbons, beans and nuts in fall hues. The copper tray adds shiny sophistication and makes the arrangement portable.
Flowers Under Glasses
Just flip unused flutes and wine glasses over flower buds for this easy, last-minute centerpiece. Place on top of a decorative charger or tray. For a long-lasting arrangement, use artificial flowers.
For quick and easy homemade place settings, start with brown craft paper and create space for each guest to write a list of things they’re thankful for. The lists will make great dinner conversation, too!
China and Roses
Rummage through your old china—or find vintage mismatched pieces at a garage sale— to create this pretty tiered display. Use a large china plate as the base, then stack teacups and smaller plates. Add fresh or artificial orange flowers on each level, and place a small amount of foliage in the top teacup.
Corn and Leaf Wreath
Red silk leaves give a color pop to this fall wreath. Start with a premade twig wreath. Fluff husks and arrange ears around the center of the wreath (mini ears work best). Attach corn with wire or hot glue, then add silk leaves with a dab of glue.
Thanksgiving Card Tray
These simple cards send seasonal messages or identify where guests sit. Cut cardstock with pinking shears and decorate with rubber-stamp designs and handwritten messages. Choose tone-on-tone or metallic ink for a sophisticated look.
Bring autumn to your table or mantel by showing off gourds in cylindrical vases. Use containers of different sizes, and stack varying numbers of gourds. Add a pretty curving touch with a length of fresh pumpkin vine or another fresh or artificial vine.
Corks and Candles
This super-easy centerpiece showcases the rustic, natural texture of wine corks inside a footed clear-glass candleholder. For more fall color, add leaves or berries among the corks. Make sure any flammable materials are protected from the candle, or use a battery-powered candle for safety.
As always, if you make any of these ideas come to life, or have some Thanksgiving DIY decorations of your own, please share in the comment section below or post on our Facebook page! We’d love to see how you decorate for the holiday. From our homes to yours, Happy Thanksgiving!