Quick and Easy Stunning DIY Thanksgiving Decor
As soon as Halloween is over and the last skeleton and the final witch is packed away for another year most people turn their attention to the next holiday on the calender, Thanksgiving. And amid all of the food shopping and the house cleaning to make sure that the place is fit for guests, most of us like to at least try to decorate for Thanksgiving, if only a little bit.
The Thanksgiving decorations available in stores do all start to look the same after a while though and by this time of year most of them are already gone anyway, cleared away to make way for all the Christmas decorations (you really do have to shop a full season ahead these days) but that is not a problem. There are lots of great DIY Thanksgiving decorations you can make, without too much crafting experience, that look as good, and often even better than anything you can buy in a store. Here are just a few ideas:
A Thanksgiving wreath will welcome all of your guests to your home in style and help set the holiday tone from the very start. All you really need to make a wonderful one of your own is a wreath form and some imagination.
Wreath forms - either foam, wooden or made from straw - are usually easy to find for very little money at your local craft store. You can do almost anything with them including:
Candy Corn Thanksgiving Wreath
Buy a big bag of candy corn (you might even have some left over from Halloween) and using a glue gun or a little spray glue attach them one by one to the wreath to create a very bright and colorful wreath that is perfect for the season. A big black bow at
the top or bottom of the wreath makes a great finishing touch.
Make a Thankful Wreath
For this project a straw wreath form works best. Cut leaf shapes out from colored construction paper (in Fall colors of course) Take a few of them and write down a few of the things that you are more thankful for and then attach the leaf somewhere on the wreath with either a sharp pin or a little glue. Then have the rest of the household do the same. The end result will be a decoration that is truly meaningful as well as attractive. You can even keep a few 'leaf blanks' to have your holiday guests fill out when they arrive as well!
Thanksgiving Dinner Table Centerpieces
An eye-catching centerpiece is a must for any well dressed Thanksgiving dinner table.
Gourd Centerpiece and Accents
Hollowed out gourds make fabulous Thanksgiving table accents if you buy a variety of different ones and then insert a small votive candle inside. For extra effect try carving out a pattern for the light to shine through. Save the biggest gourd to use as a centerpiece. Alternately, if you have less time and patience pick up a few spray cans of silver and gold paint and create glittering gourds instead.
Fresh Fall Flowers
If you are truly running short of time before the big Thanksgiving dinner sometimes and elegantly arranged bunch of Fall flowers can make the best Thanksgiving centerpiece of all. Look for chrysanthemums, sunflowers and even small branches with attractively colored leaves from you garden to make your holiday centerpiece bouquet.