The Thanksgiving season is a great time to decorate your house using both things from nature and some items from the craft store. Remember that fall decorations can easily have an added touch to become Thanksgiving crafts. If you're looking for a way to make your home more festive for the Thanksgiving season, check out these tips:
- Place cards. Place cards will give your Thanksgiving dinner table a more formal and sophisticated feel. To make place cards, cut pieces of card stock to the desired size and fold in half so the place cards will be able to sit up on the table. Use a stamp or autumn-themed stickers (available at craft stores) to decorate the cards. Write the name of your dinner guests on each card using a thin-tipped black marker or adhesive letter stickers. There are also many printable place card templates available on the Internet.
- Napkin rings. Here is a simple way to make festive napkin rings using acorns or other items from nature to add to your Thanksgiving decor. Cut a piece of colored card stock (yellow, orange or brown) into a 2" strip. Make the strip into a ring-shaped loop and staple it (the strip should be about 6" long). Use a hot glue gun to glue acorns or other fall foliage to the napkin rings. Allow napkin rings to dry completely before you put napkins in them.
- Table Thanksgiving centerpiece. It is very simple to use the color of autumn flowers to make a fall table centerpiece. Use a beautiful bowl or basket and fill it with herbs, fall foliage, mini pumpkins and gourds or pieces of beaded fruit. Arrange the display carefully so that it looks good from every angle. Fill in with twigs and branches if necessary. For an even easier centerpiece, just arrange multiple sizes of pillar candles in the middle of the table and put fall branches around them (be careful that the candle flame is not touching any branches). You can also use berry vines to decorate your table.
- Autumn wreath. Thanksgiving table decorations are not all you can do. You can also decorate the walls and front door. Start with a plain grapevine wreath and use your glue gun to attach fall foliage, berries, mini pumpkins and fake flowers in seasonal colors to it. You may need to use floral wire (available at craft stores) to secure the foliage to the wreath before you glue it. Finish your wreath off by gluing a Thanksgiving or autumn-themed bow to it.
- Pumpkin decor. Pumpkins are great to use as part of your Thanksgiving ideas and décor and you can use them to make a faux vase for your favorite fall flowers. Cut the top of a medium-sized pumpkin off and hollow the inside of the pumpkin out, as if you were going to carve a jack-o-lantern (make sure to scoop out all of the seeds and pulp). Cut one or two small holes in the bottom of the pumpkin (this will aid with for drainage when you water the plant). Insert a potted plant and display your pumpkin "vase" on your dining table or front porch. Be sure to take the pumpkin planter outside when you water it, so the water can drain before you bring it back inside.
- Quick tips for a Thanksgiving decoration. Don't have time to make Thanksgiving decorations? Write the names of your guests on mini pumpkins and use them for place cards. Buy fake fall foliage or multicolored paper leaves and decorate your dinner table with them. Or just group pumpkins and gourds together to give your home a more festive feel for the Thanksgiving Day holiday.