These crafty and creative do-it-yourself Thanksgiving decorations make creating your own Thanksgiving
decor simple and fun, and these fall decorating ideas are easy enough for your whole family to join in. Whimsical, homey, upcycled and frugal, they're the decorations you'll go back to year after year.
These pretty little burlap
leaves would be gorgeous on a garland. (Like Lucy at Craftberry Bush did, and she shares a complete tutorial for these leaves too!) Or use a felt marker to write names on them for place cards, tie them around candlesticks, or scatter them across a mantel. Whatever you use these cuties for, the ideas are endless! If you love autumn leaves, see this other nifty craft for plaster-dipped oak leaves
from Sweet Something Designs.
This gorgeous palette-based wall art was crafted by the creative blogger at Chaos Served Daily, and she shares a complete tutorial for making one yourself. As I was thinking about making one for myself, it occurred to me that the flowers
would make cute year-around decor. All one would have to do is attach a separate board for the words, then exchange it out for seasonal sayings all year long!
These adorable yet easy little acorns are made from scratch by Life Is A Party. Repurposing old plastic Easter eggs, these little guys are also pretty green... at least for our earth! Any festive fabric would do for the covering, so recruit your troops and put together a handful or two. Arrange them in a bowl, use them to fill a vase, or scatter them around on a holiday buffet for a natural, seasonal touch.
The genius blogger, Melissa, over at 320 Sycamore put this frame together in less than an hour for less than $10. (Check out her lovely little cinnamon stick candle also. Another great little project while your glue gun is hot!) Use it to fill with your fall photos
, or put in a photo of a relative or friend who has passed away or can't be with you for the holidays. What a lovely reminder of seasons past and present!
This gorgeous candleholder from Jenna at SAS Interiors took her less than 5 minutes to make. Not only that, it also didn't cost her a dime! You'll need a drill and a 1.5-inch diameter drill bit (as well as a log, but you probably already figured that out) to complete this project, but minimal hand skills are required. Jenna used her candleholder to make a lovely centerpiece for her autumn table
, but I could also see this votive holder adorning a Thanksgiving-themed mantel. (If you love the look of natural wood, see these other easy decor projects
These are such simple ideas, but oh-so-frugal and easy for all ages to do - a great way to keep little fingers busy on Thanksgiving morning! (For more kid-friendly Thanksgiving ideas, see my article
.) Plus, candleholders and vases filled with seasonal items will make any home smell and feel festive. The blogger at My Heart's Desire grouped her corn-filled hurricanes into a Thanksgiving centerpiece, though any ingredient will do. Try filling with cranberries, nuts, acorns, beans, cinnamon sticks and more. Use your creativity (and your kitchen!) to come up with your own ideas.
This pretty chalkboard
painted platter idea from Daisy Mae Belle can be used in a variety of ways throughout Thanksgiving. Of course, it would also work well throughout the rest of the holiday season... and beyond! Using a real silver-plated platter (hello, flea market
find!) will add a touch of elegance to any home, but a dollar store "silver" platter would also work just fine.