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From Pumpkins to Pillows: 7 Easy DIY Thanksgiving Decor Projects

by DecorMatters|Oct 18, 2023

Thanksgiving is more than just a date on the calendar; it's a cherished occasion that brings families and friends together in the spirit of gratitude and togetherness. It's a time when the aroma of roasted turkey and pumpkin pie fills the air, laughter echoes through the halls, and heartfelt expressions of thanks are shared around the dinner table. Beyond the delicious feasts and meaningful conversations, Thanksgiving also presents an exciting opportunity to turn your home into a visual embodiment of the season's warmth and festivity. It's a chance to embrace the changing colors of autumn and channel that natural beauty into your living spaces. In this blog post, we invite you to embark on a journey of creativity and transformation as we explore a diverse array of easy DIY Thanksgiving decor projects. 

These projects are more than just crafts; they are a way to infuse your home with the essence of the season, creating a cozy and inviting haven where cherished memories will be made. Whether you're an experienced DIY enthusiast or a novice looking for inspiration, you'll find ideas that will help you celebrate Thanksgiving in style and make your home a reflection of the warmth, gratitude, and joy that define this special holiday.

1. Pumpkin Centerpieces: 

pumpkin vase centerpiece DIY for thanksgiving table 

📸 Little Latti House

Pumpkins are the quintessential symbol of fall and Thanksgiving. Creating stunning pumpkin centerpieces is a simple yet effective way to add a touch of autumn to your dining table. Start by selecting pumpkins of various sizes and colors. You can paint them with metallic gold or bronze hues for an elegant look or use acrylic paints for a more rustic vibe. Carve out the top, scoop out the seeds, and insert a vase or a glass filled with water. Arrange seasonal flowers or branches inside, and you'll have a unique and charming centerpiece that captures the essence of the season.

2. Gratitude Garland: 

gratitude garland diy 

📸 Theresa | Simply Sweet & Messy

Thanksgiving is all about gratitude, so why not make it a central theme in your decor? Create a gratitude garland by cutting out colorful paper leaves and asking your family and guests to write down things they're thankful for. String these leaves together with twine, and you'll have a beautiful reminder of the things that matter most during the holiday season. Hang the garland over your fireplace mantel or along a wall as a heartfelt decoration.

3. Autumn-Inspired Wreaths: 

autum/fall wreaths diy 

📸 The Flower Fairies

Welcome your guests with a stunning autumn wreath on your front door. Gather fall foliage like leaves, pinecones, acorns, and berries from your backyard or local craft store. Attach them to a wreath form using a hot glue gun, and finish it off with a colorful bow or ribbon. The result? A warm and inviting entrance that sets the tone for a Thanksgiving celebration.

4. Customized Table Runners:

dining room design for thanksgiving 

📸 Fashionable Hostess

 Enhance your Thanksgiving tablescape with a personalized table runner. Purchase a plain, neutral-colored table runner and get creative. Use fabric markers or paint to write out messages of thanks, draw seasonal motifs, or even write your guests' names to assign seating. This DIY project allows you to add a personal touch to your table while also sparking conversations around gratitude.

5. Pillow Covers with Fall Flair: 

Living Room for fall and autumn 

📸 Old Maple Home

Bring coziness to your living room and dining area by updating your throw pillows with custom covers. Look for fabric in warm, autumnal colors like deep reds, oranges, and browns. Consider stenciling or printing fall-themed designs onto the fabric or sewing on decorative buttons and ribbons for added texture. These simple pillow covers can transform your space into a comfortable and inviting haven for your guests.

6. Mason Jar Candle Holders: 

mason jar candle diy 

📸 Pantry Potions

Crafting mason jar candle holders is another DIY project that adds both charm and illumination to your Thanksgiving decor. Fill clean mason jars with dried beans, corn kernels, or small pebbles for stability. Insert a votive candle or tea light into each jar and light them during your Thanksgiving dinner. The warm, flickering light will create a cozy ambiance that complements the holiday spirit.

7. Nature-Inspired Place Cards: 

nature inspired place cards 

📸 Kirsten Nunez

Create unique place cards for your Thanksgiving table by incorporating natural elements. Collect small branches, leaves, or pinecones and use them as a base for your place cards. Write or print your guests' names on small cardstock tags and attach them to the natural elements using twine or ribbon. These charming place cards add a touch of rustic elegance to your table setting.

Ready to DIY?

With a little creativity and some DIY enthusiasm, you can easily transform your home into a warm and inviting space for Thanksgiving. From pumpkin centerpieces to gratitude garlands, these easy DIY projects offer a personal touch that will make your holiday celebration truly special. Embrace the season's colors and themes to create a welcoming atmosphere that reflects the essence of Thanksgiving: gratitude, warmth, and togetherness.

For even more design inspiration and tools to help you bring your Thanksgiving decor ideas to life, download the DecorMatters app. It's your go-to resource for interior design and home decor projects, making it easier than ever to turn your creative visions into reality. Happy decorating, and may your Thanksgiving be filled with joy, gratitude, and memorable moments!

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