DIY Thanksgiving Decorations For an Unforgettable Turkey Day Table

Thanksgiving is right around the corner — and chances are that your celebrations are going to look a little different this year. But even if your Turkey Day will be a bit more intimate this year for the sake of safety, that doesn’t mean you have to tone down your holiday decor. What’s more, you don’t even have to spend much to make your Thanksgiving Day table look totally festive. Here are just three DIY decor ideas to perfectly complement the turkey, stuffing, and sides.

Pumpkin Floral Centerpiece

Around 37% of flowers purchased are used as gifts, mostly during holidays like Christmas, Hanukkah, Mother’s Day, and Valentine’s Day. With these flower arrangements, you can choose to give them to any guests you might have or keep them around the house well after the feast is done. Instead of relying on a plain vase for the vessel, you can place the arrangement into a hollowed-out pumpkin (or a craft pumpkin, if you want to make things even easier). If you’re using a craft pumpkin, which you can recycle from year to year, carve an opening at the top that’s large enough to fit a mason jar or floral foam (depending on whether you’re using real or fake flowers). Then, simply arrange your flowers and stick them into the pumpkin! Around 86% of people say receiving flowers makes them feel special, but even being around these beautiful bouquets will fill anyone with feelings of gratitude.

Gold Leaf Placecards

Paper place cards are a cute touch, but they can be a bit wasteful. Instead, why not use a resource that you can find in your own backyard? You can put a sophisticated spin on some freshly fallen leaves by adding some adhesive and gold leaf on the edges. Alternatively, you could also use a bit of metallic craft paint, if that’s what you have on-hand; since 1.57 billion gallons of paint are sold in the U.S. every year, it’s good to make use of what you already have. If you’re using gold leaf, apply a layer of metal leaf sealer on top. Once everything has dried, you can paint on names or inspirational words of wisdom. You might even write out what you’re thankful for!

Paper Leaf Table Runner

If you’re loving the leaf theme, this DIY paper table runner can be a great craft your kids can help with. All you need is colored construction paper, scissors, glue, kraft paper (around 12 inches in width), and a pen or pencil. Draw some leaf shapes onto the paper and cut them out. You’ll need anywhere from 150 to 300 of them, depending on the size of your table and how full you want the runner to be. Then, you could have your kids write what they’re thankful for on the leaves (though this part is optional!). Fold the leaves in half, vertically, leaving about an inch at the top that isn’t included in the fold. Attach your leaves to the kraft paper using dots of glue in a random fashion. In the end, the entire kraft paper should be covered. When you’re done, just place your kraft paper on top of your tablecloth for a colorful and highly textured effect.

Since many people are forgoing unnecessary travel this year, it makes sense to make your home as festive as possible. These DIY crafts are easy and affordable — but best of all, they’ll bring a sense of excitement to the season. While most of us won’t forget Thanksgiving 2020 any time soon, these decorations will at least give us a good reason not to.

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