Ideas for thanksgiving decorations

Thanksgiving is that time of a year when families and friends get together to share experiences, appreciate the blessings and gifts in their lives and convey thanks to each other. Thanksgiving is held during the autumn season, which imparts the perfect opportunity to decorate the house in magnificent colorful ways. For Thanksgiving, you need not put in too much effort as Christmas but with little creative tips you can easily spruce things.

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So let’s find out what are the great ways to make your home an inviting and warm place on this Thanksgiving Day –

a) Since it is going to be the autumn season, decorate your home with the colors of fall. The foliage of autumn can be used to make stellar centerpieces, arrangements, and garlands. Collect leaves from your neighborhood and spread them on the countertop, hearth, under glass top table, under candle display, frame them in a picture, place them in decorative bowls, etc.

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b) Autumn vegetables and fruits also make wonderful tradition decoration items. Pumpkins and gourds are the best choices. Do not limit yourself to the mini ones instead use a pile of full size versions outside your front door or along the edges of steps and walkways. Alternatively, you may also fill a wheel barrow, basket, or a planter box with the harvest vegetables.

c) For your table, consider setting out elegant, wooden and ceramic bowls. Use a colorful table mat or settle for placemats in scrap fabric with matching napkins. If you have a large dinner table, place a cornucopia as a center piece. You may also use a hallowed out pumpkin filled up with clusters of nuts, berries, wheat sprigs, corn, fall foliage, etc. Write each guest’s name on a dried leaf with a gold or black felt pen and place them at the respective table settings.

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d) Do not forget to create a warm scent throughout your house. Keep a bowl of potpourri in your kitchen and light pumpkin scented candles in each room. For candle holders, you may use small little jars dressed up with some acorns and pressed leaves.

e) Use bedspreads in muted shades of gold and orange and arrange lots of red, yellow and orange throw pillows on your couch and bed.

f) Twine gold and orange lights in any plants or trees near your doorway. Alternatively, you can also hang the lights.


These cheap and easy DIY Thanksgiving decorations will spruce up your home for the holidays. There are Thanksgiving centerpieces, mantel ideas, wreaths, table settings and much more! These festive decorations are sure to impress your guests.

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.).

Items You Can Get at Dollar Tree:

  • glass vases, jars and bottles
  • glass candleholders
  • candles (tea light, votive, pillar, jar and more)
  • twine and raffia
  • maple leaves
  • acorns
  • burlap
  • Kraft paper
  • ribbons
  • fall florals
  • wreath forms (wire, foam, willow, etc.)
  • crafting supplies (Mod Podge, glitter, spray adhesive)
  • picture frames

Crafting Supplies You May Need:

  • glue gun and glue sticks
  • scissors
  • craft knife
  • acrylic paint ($0.50 per bottle at Walmart)
  • spray paint ($1-$3 at Walmart)
  • paint brushes
  • Mod Podge
  • stencils

Home Accent DIY Thanksgiving Decorations

Thanksgiving Mason Jar from The Country Chic Cottage

Sage Candles from Lemon Tree Dwelling

Give Thanks Mantel from A Diamond in the Stuff

Fall Leaves Banner from Sondra Lyn at Home

Give Thanks Free Printable Banner from Tom Kat Studio

Be Thankful Banner from A Thoughtful Place

Pinecone Garland from Redeem Your Ground

Thankful Sign and Banner from Find it Make it Love it

Hanging Pinecones
burlap ribbon + pinecones + floral wire

DIY Hanging Pinecones from The New Wittys

Framed Leaf from BHG.com

Give Thanks Printable from Shanty 2 Chic

Gratitude Board from BHG.com

The Thankful Tree from Simply Vintage Girl

Abundance Seed Balls from Fine Craft Guild

Be Thankful Wood Sign from I Heart Nap Time

Leaf Bowl from Crafts Unleashed

Wreath DIY Thanksgiving Decorations

Give Thanks Wreath from Make It Love It

Indian Corn Wreath from Stone Gable

Corn-Husk Wreath from Design Improvised

Corn Husk Wreath from HGTV.com

Fall Wheat Wreath from On Sutton Place

DIY Burlap Turkey Thanksgiving Wreath from Round and Round

DIY Turkey Tulle Wreath from Busy Creating Memories

Thanksgiving Clothespin Wreath from Chica and Jo

DIY Turkey Wreath from Mom Dot

Centerpiece DIY Thanksgiving Decorations

Rustic Turkey Centerpiece from Made in a Day

Thanks Bottle Centerpiece from Choose to Thrive

DIY Pumpkin Candle Holders from Delightful Creations

Apple Tea Light Candles from Juniper Home

Pumpkin and Candle Centerpiece from Sophia’s

Log Candle Centerpiece from Jenna Burger Designs

Mini Pumpkins Vase from Ten June

Gold Pumpkin Pail Centerpiece from Hip2Save

Thanksgiving Inspired Gold Table Decor from Pumpkin and a Princess

Copper Pumpkin Centerpiece from Up to Date Interiors

Pinecone Centerpiece from May Days

Wheat and Cranberry Vase from Mandi Being Crafty

Bittersweet Berry Vine Pumpkins from Karin Lidbeck

Pumpkin Candleholder from By Stephanie Lynn

DIY Magnolia Pumpkin from Lolly Jane

Acorns & Mums (source unknown)
vases and candleholders + acorns + orange mums

Mini Pumpkins on Candlesticks from BHG.com

Hollowed Out Gourd Candlesticks from Country Living

Fall Leaf Vase (source unknown)

Thanksgiving Vase from At the Picket Fence

Give Thanks Bottles (source unknown)
acrylic paints + letter stencils + wine bottles + raffia

Pumpkin and Fall Berry Tray Centerpiece (source unknown)
Foam Pumpkins and Gourds (Dollar Tree) + Fall Berries (Dollar Tree) + Maple Leaf Pack (Dollar Tree) + Candle Tray

DIY Pumpkin Vase Centerpiece from A Pumpkin and a Princess

Thankful Pumpkin Centerpiece (source unknown)
white craft pumpkin + black Sharpie

Fall Pitcher from Shabby Fufu

Dollar Tree Thanksgiving Candle from Passionate Penny Pincher

White Pumpkins and Pine Cones from Shanty 2 Chic

Glittered Pumpkin Centerpiece from Infarrantly Creative

Table DIY Thanksgiving Decorations

Maple Leaf Napkin (source unknown)
raffia + napkin + maple leaf

Hanging Leaves Garland (source unknown)
fishing line + fall leaves

Maple Leaf Placecard from Cup Half Full

Gold Dipped Holiday Glasses from Momtastic

Burlap Napkin from Burlap Kitchen

Printable Give Thanks Utensil Holders from Craftaholics Anonymous

Give Thanks Place Cards from Fantubulosity

Pumpkin Leaves Free Printable from Ella Claire Inspired

Rosemary Wreath Place Card from Spoon for Bacon

Holiday Table Idea from Yummy Mummy Kitchen

Thanksgiving Place Card from Typically Simple

Raffia Wrapped Fall Colored Napkins (source unknown)

Thanksgiving Printable Napkins from Squirrelly Minds

Thankful Pine Cones from Improvement’s Catalog

Pumpkin Placeholders from Oh My Creative

DIY Pumpkin Stamped Napkin from Inspired by Charm

Natural Thanksgiving Napkins from BHG.com

Burlap Table Cloth from Wedding Chicks

Burlap Utensil Holder (source unknown)
burlap ribbon + button + artificial maple leaves + glue gun

Give Thanks Table Runner from House of Harper

50 Dollar Store DIY Thanksgiving Decorations


10 Great DIY Thanksgiving Decor Ideas

All images via their respective owners, compiled by Sharon Rowley.

How many of you are hosting Thanksgiving dinner at your home this year? (Raises hand). I actually love this holiday — it’s all about cooking and baking and eating and relaxing in front of the TV, watching football with a fire roaring in the fireplace. There’s no pressure to buy and wrap presents, and since we host the dinner at our house, there’s nowhere else we need to be! It is the most relaxing and enjoyable holiday of the year (to me anyway)!

Aside from all of the deliciousness that will be coming out of the kitchen, I also like to take some time the week before Thanksgiving to decorate my home and plan the holiday tabletop decorations, too! I like to keep things simple and homemade, and I especially like to reinforce the theme of gratitude. We have so much to be grateful for, so let’s celebrate it with 10 Great DIY Thanksgiving Decor Ideas!

Image via ‘Lil Luna

#1 Pilgrim Hat Crayon Cups

Kristyn from ‘Lil Luna (who just gave birth to her fifth little one in October!) came up with this great idea for Pilgrim Hat Crayon Cups to hold crayons so the kids have something to do while they’re waiting for the turkey to be served! You can also download some free pilgrim coloring pages at the bottom of her post!

Image via Our Best Bites

#2 Oreo Turkeys

When my kids and I saw these adorable Oreo Turkeys made by the girls over at Our Best Bites a few years ago, well, we had to make them for our own Thanksgiving table! And they’ve become an annual tradition ever since!

Image via Amanda’s Parties To Go

#3 Mayflower Centerpiece


This might look complicated, but Amanda from Amanda’s Parties To Go has the free printable templates for the Mayflower Centerpieces right in her post, so all you need to do is to print them at home and assemble. I made these with my own kids and they came out so cute!

{ MORE: 4 Thanksgiving Crafts to Make With Your Little One }

Image via Blooming Homestead

#4 Gratitude Tree

Marie from Blooming Homestead came up with simple yet pretty way to reinforce the spirit of thankfulness on this holiday with her paper Gratitude Tree.

Image via Eighteen25

#5 Be Thankful Utensil Holders

The girls over at Eighteen25 made these great printable Be Thankful Utensil Holders. You can download them in black and white and give them to the kids to color as a project, or you can download the color versions and just fold and adhere with either a quick stitch down the side or with a strong adhesive.

Image via Let’s Get Together

#6 Turkey Ticket

Natalie from Let’s Get Together has a great idea to really get your kids to spend some time thinking about all that they are thankful for this year. A few weeks before Thanksgiving, you share these “turkey tickets” with your kids and tell them that before they can come to the table on Thanksgiving they have to fill them out. Little do they realize that their gratitude list will need to be a long one! Check out this long-standing tradition in the Let’s Get Together family!

Image via Little Yellow Barn

#7 Tin Can Decor


I love this simple yet beautiful idea from the ladies over at Little Yellow Barn — a stenciled thankful display made out of tin cans! I think I would stencil the lettering on both sides of the can so I could display it on my dining room table as part of my centerpiece!

{ MORE: Fun Ways to Include Kids in Thanksgiving Cooking this Year }

Image via Bloom Designs

#8 Turkey Hunt

This is a great way to keep kids busy and run off some excess energy after the meal: a Turkey scavenger hunt! Jenny from Bloom Designs has the free printables in her post for the game card and pieces!

Image via Craftaholics Anonymous

#9 Washi Tape Turkeys

This is a great craft idea you can do with your kids to decorate the Thanksgiving table: Washi Tape Turkeys made of pine cones and craft sticks! Linda from Craftaholics Anonymous gives you the low-down on how to create these adorable critters.

Image via Simply Vintage Girl

#10 The Thankful Tree

I am in love with this Thankful Tree made by Emily Rose over at Simply Vintage Girl! You can make the wooden chalkboard tags yourself or buy some pre-made at Emily’s Etsy shop. This is so simple yet beautiful!

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Are you hosting Thanksgiving dinner this year? Will you put to use any of these great DIY ideas for Thanksgiving decor?

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