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10 Easy DIY Thanksgiving Décor Ideas To Spruce Your Home

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Kate MurphyGuest Blogger
November 20, 2016 · 2.3k Views

Nothing makes a home more welcoming on Thanksgiving than having a few festive accents around. But like most of us right now, you are preparing for holiday gift shopping so spending a lot of time and money on decorations is out of the question. Don’t give up just yet – you can still create a warm and inviting home this November. Here are 11 easy and creative DIY home décor projects you can do to have a harvest-filled home.

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10 Easy & Creative DIY Home Décor Projects for Thanksgiving fall leaves icon

1. Harvest-Wrapped Votives

harvest-wrapped votives

Source: Better Homes & Gardens

Transform small glass votive holders into Thanksgiving inspired décor with this cheap and easy project. All you need is a votive holder, tamale husks, and a rubber band. Soak the husks in water for a minute to make them flexible. Wrap the husk tightly around the votive holder, secure with a rubber band, and trim any excess at the top and bottom. Twist a piece of husk and wrap it around the center of the votive holder. Tie it tightly and remove the rubber band. Rustic twine or ribbon could be used as well. Find the tutorial at Better Homes & Gardens.


2. Thanksgiving-Themed Kraft Paper Napkin Rings

thanksgiving paper napkin rings

Source: AKA Design

These paper napkin rings prove that it doesn’t take a lot of time and money to make decorations that leave a big impression. All you need is kraft paper, scotch tape, and your computer and printer. It’s completely up to you when it comes to the message that is printed on your napkin rings. Choose a font that best suits the ambiance of your Thanksgiving table setting. Visit AKA Design for the complete tutorial.


3. DIY Gold Confetti Pumpkins

diy gold confetti pumpkins

Source: Homey Oh My

Not all Thanksgiving decorations have to be made in colors of red, orange, and brown. For a stylishly modern spin on harvest décor, try making these DIY gold confetti pumpkins. All you need is a white kraft pumpkin, gold wasabi tape, and scissors. Imagine how fantastic they will look as a table centerpiece or displayed on the mantel! Visit Homey Oh My for the full tutorial.


4. Painted Pinecones

painted pinecones

Source: Martha Stewart

When it comes to DIY décor, any project with pinecones is guaranteed to be easy, cheap, and full of charm. Choose a paint color of your liking and dip the pinecone – you can dip all the way, half way, or just the tip. After the paint has dried, put the pinecones in a clear vessel or basket for display. To hang, insert a screw eye into the base and thread with ribbon or string. Visit Martha Stewart for a full tutorial.


5. Pumpkin Basket with Flowers

pumpkin basket with flowers

Source: Martha Stewart

Take an autumnal floral centerpiece to the next level by using a pumpkin basket instead of a vase. For the project, you’ll need a pumpkin, grease pencil, tape, awl, keyhole saw, floral foam, and flowers. First download the basket template here. Next, use the grease pencil to draw around the pumpkin’s circumference at the middle. Enlarge the templates as needed and tape them in place. Poke holes along the template using an awl. Cut one side of the pumpkin along the handle dotted line and circumference using the keyhole saw. Hollow the pumpkin. Finish the pattern by cutting out the other side and along the circumference. Stick the floral foam inside and arrange the flowers. Head to Martha Stewart for complete instructions.


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6. Natural Centerpiece with Antlers

thanksgiving centerpiece

In 5 minutes, you can make an elegant centerpiece using natural elements collected from the backyard. Start by choosing a display vessel such as a shallow bowl, platter, or cake stand. Then position the centerpiece’s foundational element – antlers (natural or synthetic) or branches work nicely. Follow up by layering more fillers - pinecones, sprigs with berries, harvest fruit, and flowers all make lovely additions. See the full tutorial at Julie Blanner.


7. Dried Citrus Adornments

dried citrus adornments

Source: Good Housekeeping

Dried orange, lemon, and lime wheels look wonderful together and can be used to adorn pillar candles. Arrange the dried citrus wheels so they wrap around the base of the candle. As you work, use a glue gun to connect the wheels to each other and hold them in place. Find the full tutorial at Good Housekeeping.


8. Mason Jar Centerpiece

mason jar centerpiece

Source: Know How She Does It

Focusing your table around a centerpiece made of mason jars will create a comfortable and inviting ambiance in your home this holiday. Begin with Mod Podge, water, and food coloring to fill the jars. Mix the solution by shaking the jars until everything inside seems to be covered and there are no weird streaks. Empty the solution and let the jars rest upside down on newspaper for about 10 minutes. On a baking tray, place wax paper and the jars open side up and place them into a preheated oven at 250 degrees fahrenheit for 45 minutes. After waiting for them to cool, decorate the mason jars with small pinecones and a candle. Check out the complete tutorial at Know How She Does It.


9. Box Grater Luminaries

box grater luminaries

Source: Country Living

Dinner guests will love the warm and gracious glow at your table thanks to these box grater luminaries. Simply arrange the box graters on a tray and fill with flickering LED lights (candles could make the metal too hot to touch.). Embellish with candles, pinecones, and acorns. Find the easy tutorial at Country Living.


10. Thanksgiving Day Leftovers Bag

thanksgiving day leftovers bag

Source: PIzzazzerie

While not exactly home décor, we couldn’t pass up this adorable project, which is perfect for those planning a large gathering with a lot of food. Make a sincere gesture of the holiday spirit by seeing your guests off with a Thanksgiving Day leftovers bag in hand. You can go all out and follow the tutorial with printable food labels at Pizzazzerie. Or keep it simple and handwrite your guests’ names with a note of thanks on kraft paper bags.


You don’t have to be artistic or spend a lot of time and money decorating this Thanksgiving. Use these ideas to inspire your inner crafter and make your home welcoming for all who visit.

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Kate Murphy is a native of Pennsylvania. After receiving a degree in art history, she moved to New York City to test the waters. She enjoys writing about art, culture, fashion, design, and travel. In addition to writing, Kate works with artists, leads, street art tours, and moonlights as an illustrator.

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