DIY Decorating Ideas for a Cozy Thanksgiving

DIY Decorating Ideas for a Cozy Thanksgiving

Decorating for Thanksgiving adds an element of warmth and coziness to your home. The best thing is that you don't have to go overboard or put a lot of time and effort into decorating in order to make your house or apartment look festive.

There are many inexpensive but fun ideas the whole family can create together.

Outdoor Displays

Decorate the front yard with a homemade wooden scarecrow, turkey, or Happy Thanksgiving sign.

For the scarecrow, grab some old clothes and some straw. Use a burlap bag for the head and top it all off with a hat. Check your local supermarket to see if they are discarding any of these packing items once they have stocked the shelves.

You can create the sign out of wood or create a flag out of felt.

For a little color, plant a few mums, either in the ground or in pots and planters around the outside of the house, or along the pathway or drive leading up to it. You can get a lot of decorating ideas at your local nursery.

Door Wreath

Nothing says the holidays quite like a door wreath. Harvest pine cones, chestnuts, acorns, and more, and glue or wire them to a foam wreath form or a wooden one. Silk leaves and flowers mean you can use the wreath year after year.


I love this pumpkin wreath and it’s super easy to make! The best part is that is made with products from Target’s Dollar Spot. Here’s a great tutorial to help get you started.

In the Home

Add some autumn-colored throw pillows or blankets to your couch. These will last for years to come.

Light a pumpkin-scented candle or plug in a spicy, scented air freshener, and your whole house will have that special Thanksgiving feel to it.

Mantelpiece Display

The mantel over your fireplace is the perfect place to decorate for Thanksgiving.

For a simple display, arrange some pumpkins or decorative gourds and/or Indian corn on the mantelpiece, along with a few candles.

A fall garland or wreath is a nice touch above the mantelpiece, as well as on your front door.

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An attractive centerpiece can set the tone for any holiday table or buffet table. Here are some suggestions.

Fall Flower Arrangement

Stop by your local florist for some flowers in yellow, orange, or brown, like mums. Arrange them in a vase along with some greenery.

If you want to be practical and budget-conscious, silk flowers will last for many years. Put them in a nice basket or cornucopia. Add ribbon, and you have a lavish display for a fraction of the cost of buying flowers and plants every year.

Pumpkins, Gourds, and Indian Corn

You can make a beautiful fall arrangement by setting out some miniature pumpkins and ears of Indian corn on your table or sideboard.

Look for yellow, red, multicolored, and purple varieties of corn for an authentic Thanksgiving feel. Scatter them across your dining table, or arrange them in a bowl for a nice centerpiece.

And of course, there is nothing more gorgeous than a range of gourds. Keep them in a cool place and they can last for ages.

Candles and Festive Items

Candles always add a warm and cozy feel to a room. Pair them with displays of acorns, chestnuts, and mini pumpkins.

Decorate or Paint a Pumpkin

Use some construction paper to dress it up as a turkey, pilgrim, Native American, and so on.

Your kids can paint some geometrical designs, like a tulip or scallop pattern at the top, or some flowers, leaf shapes, and so on.

You can use these ideas as is, or let them inspire you to create your own inexpensive Thanksgiving decor.


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