diy thanksgiving decor

Hosting Thanksgiving and looking for some ways to make your celebration extra special? Check out these easy DIY decor ideas…

These pumpkin lanterns can be used as an illuminating and welcoming outdoor decoration. To make, cut a hole in the bottom of your pumpkin. Scoop out the flesh, pulp, and seeds. Drill little holes into the pumpkin in the design of your choice. Take small white string lights, and from the inside of the pumpkin, push them through the holes.

pumpkin lanterns

These apple candles make a beautiful centerpiece and are so easy to make. You can also use pears, squash, mini pumpkins, or gourds. Using your handy dandy tealight candle carver (yes this tool exists!), create the niche for your candle. Insert tea light into hole and light.

apple candles

A lot of bloggers will feature free printables before holidays. They post everything from customizable menus to place cards. The 8×10 designs can be easily framed to make beautiful Thanksgiving artwork that looks great on shelves, buffet tables, or mantles.

thanksgiving printables

thanksgiving printables

It’s so important to remember what this holiday is all about. This printable paper placemat paired with some crayons is perfect for the kids table.

thanksgiving placemat

A DIY Thanksgiving tablecloth is the grown up version of the placemat. Using a drop cloth that you’ll find in the painting section of Home Depot or a plain white tablecloth, allow your guests to share what they are thankful for. This tablecloth serves as a fun keepsake for years to come.

thanksgiving tablecloth

thanksgiving tablecloth

If the tablecloth is not your style, try the thankful tree. After collecting branches and placing them in a jar, cut out construction paper leaves or patterned scrapbook paper circles. Then punch holes in the paper to attach string. Have your guests write what they are thankful for and hang on the branches.

thankful tree

thankful tree

images via marthastewart.com, matthewmeadstyle.com, three little monkeys studio, handsonhousewife.blogspot.de, adayinthelifeofruth.blogspot.com,  bluecricketdesign.net,  tamra horner photography, and simplyvintagegirl.com

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