Thanksgiving is just around the corner! Of course, whether you’re hosting a large celebration for your extended family and friends or you’re having a quiet dinner with just a few loved ones, it’s always nice to have your home decorated for the holiday. Fortunately, if you don’t want to break the bank, we’ve got your back with these easy DIY Thanksgiving decoration ideas:
- Kid’s Giving Tree: Country Living advises making your youngest guests feel welcome by creating a special Giving Tree for them. Collect some branches of colorful fall foliage, and put them in a tall vase. Create equally colorful tags, and have the kids write on them what they’re thankful for. Then attach the tags to the foliage, and place the vase in the center of the kids’ table.
- Gilded gourds: According to Hometalk, you’ll need several gourds, metallic paint — you can get it in a variety of colors including copper, silver and gold — and some brushes. Lightly brush the gourds with paint, removing excess paint with a paper towel. Leave the gourds to dry, then use them as eye-catching decorations or even as part of a centerpiece for your dinner table
- Pumpkin vases: Purchase some ceramic or plastic pumpkin vases, and add some water. Then fill them with bursts of color such as red, yellow and orange dahlias combined with branches of fall foliage.
- Berries and gourds: Create colorful decorations by drilling holes into the sides of gourds and inserting sprigs of berries, as Good Housekeeping advises.
- Seasonal mason jars: You’ll need some small mason jars; cardstock; double-sided tape; and yellow, orange and red spray paint. Punch some leaf shapes in the cardstock, and use the tape to stick them lightly to the mason jars. Carefully spray paint the jars — the leaf shapes will act as stencils — and leave them to dry. Once they’re dry, remove the stencils. Then you can use the finished mason jars as table decorations.
- Fall curb appeal: House Beautiful recommends dressing up your front walkway with pumpkins, gourds and stalks of corn. Place mini pumpkins on top of the porch and along window ledges for some additional color.
- Burlap table runner: As Wayfair.com points out, burlap is an easy material to use because it doesn’t shed when it’s cut properly — nor does it require any sewing. You’ll need a strip of burlap that’s long enough to hang off the ends of your dining table, as well as some cardstock, fabric paint and a brush. Use the cardstock to create two stencils featuring a nice Thanksgiving message and some leaves. Place them on either end of the strip of burlap, and apply the paint with the brush. Leave the paint to dry, remove the stencils… and your new table runner will be ready to use!
Making your own Thanksgiving decorations won’t just save you money — it can also be a fun, fulfilling pastime that you can do either alone or with your kids. And when you look back, you may find that thanks to your efforts, your memories of this year’s Thanksgiving will be even more special than usual.
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