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19 Creative Thanksgiving Decorations You’ll Wish You’d Thought Of First

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Thanksgiving is a time when we celebrate the bounty of our harvests and gratitude for what we have. So while you’re making your Thanksgiving menu this year, take some time to make your home and table match the beauty of the food you’ll be serving. Try out these beautiful, rustic Thanksgiving decorations in your home this year.

19 Creative Thanksgiving Decorations You’ll Wish You’d Thought Of Yourself

Ditch the glitter and glam and make these easy, creative & rustic Thanksgiving decorations instead. I know most people would want everything sparkling and glittering, but not me. Probably because I’ve always loved a rustic and homey look or maybe just because I can’t picture my homestead with a little shimmer. I don’t think that will be very practical. But hey, that’s just me. If we have the same taste for decor or if you want to try and tone down the glitter this year, pick a couple from this list. You can even do it last minute!

1. Pumpkin Decorative Tabletop

 Pumpkin Decorative Tabletop | 19 Creative Thanksgiving Decorations You’ll Wish You’d Thought Of First

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Pumpkins aren’t only for Halloween. They also make the best Thanksgiving decorations. You can keep them how they are and just add a little extra, or you can also paint them.

2. Burlap Wreath

Burlap Wreath | 19 Creative Thanksgiving Decorations You’ll Wish You’d Thought Of First

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Orange and copper color complement other colors perfectly in this easy fall burlap wreath. I just love how the flower looks. In case you want more alternatives for your front door, you can also get more fall wreath ideas here.

3. Log Centerpiece

Log Centerpiece | 19 Creative Thanksgiving Decorations You’ll Wish You’d Thought Of First

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As I always say, nature provides everything you need. A true homesteader believes that. That’s why for this DIY centerpiece, all you have to do is find a good piece of unused log and you’re good as done. See instructions here.

4. Homemade Gourd Votive Candles

Homemade Gourd Votive Candles | 19 Creative Thanksgiving Decorations You’ll Wish You’d Thought Of First

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If you’re looking for easy (and inexpensive!) DIY Thanksgiving decorations, this Thanksgiving decoration is for you. Pumpkins and votive candles are pretty much all you’ll need to complete this DIY project.

5. Fall Foliage Name Cards

Fall Foliage Name Cards | 19 Creative Thanksgiving Decorations You’ll Wish You’d Thought Of First

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Don’t sweep off that fall foliage just yet. You can make awesomely cheap name cards using them. All you have to do is grab a pen.

6. Pinecone Name Cards

Pinecone Name Cards | 19 Creative Thanksgiving Decorations You’ll Wish You’d Thought Of First

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Pinecones also make amazing name cards. You don’t have to alter the shape in any way, you just have to place the name card on top and done. And just in case you want to get ahead on your holiday decoration too, use these pine cone decorating ideas.

7. Gilded fruits

Gilded Fruits | 19 Creative Thanksgiving Decorations You’ll Wish You’d Thought Of First

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Go ahead, gild all the fruits you want. It’s an easy process you can easily do in minutes. You can use real ones, or if you want to conserve on food, plastic fruits will do just fine.

8. Appetizers Served in Gourd

Appetizers Served in Gourd | 19 Creative Thanksgiving Decorations You’ll Wish You’d Thought Of First

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Use gourds to serve some of your Thanksgiving dinner appetizers. It’s brilliant and simple. You can even pull it off at the last minute.

9. Hand Painted Table Runner

Hand Painted Table Runner | 19 Creative Thanksgiving Decorations You’ll Wish You’d Thought Of First

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Either do this yourself or have your kids decorate their table. All you’ll need is some burlap, paint and your creativity. You can stick to circles or let your kids’ imagination run wild with the design.

10. Tin Vases

Tin Vases | 19 Creative Thanksgiving Decorations You’ll Wish You’d Thought Of First

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Used tin cans add a rustic touch to the autumn-colored flowers. All you’ll have to do is the arrangement.

11. The Thankful Pumpkin

Thankful Pumpkin | 19 Creative Thanksgiving Decorations You’ll Wish You’d Thought Of First

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Paint your pumpkin white and use a marker or you can also use chalkboard paint as an alternative option. Pass the pumpkin around you family members and have each of you write what you’re thankful for. Once done, have it as your centerpiece to remind you of all the good things.

12. Apple Votives

Apple Votives | 19 Creative Thanksgiving Decorations You’ll Wish You’d Thought Of First

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Make easy, beautiful candle holders by hulling out extra apples this fall. I just love the combination of moss and fall leaves in this project. It truly creates a homey and rustic vibe.

13. Cornstalk Decor

Cornstalk Decor | 19 Creative Thanksgiving Decorations You’ll Wish You’d Thought Of First

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Dress up your front yard with some natural, fall-inspired beauty. Why waste perfectly good corn stalks when you can transform them to this right?

14. Thankful Placemats

Thankful Placemat | 19 Creative Thanksgiving Decorations You’ll Wish You’d Thought Of First

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Give your guests some easy, creative and functional placemats this Thanksgiving. Just don’t forget to supply the pen pencil for your guests.

15. Birch Bark Candles

Birch bark candle | 19 Creative Thanksgiving Decorations You’ll Wish You’d Thought Of First

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Wrap up your white candles in birch bark for an organically sophisticated look. So simple, it’s ingenious!

16. Wine Cork Turkey Name Cards

Turkey place card | 19 Creative Thanksgiving Decorations You’ll Wish You’d Thought Of First

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Use leftover wine corks a creative way to mark your guests place at the table this Thanksgiving. I can’t think of a better way to remind them it’s Thanksgiving than with a cute turkey-inspired craft.

17. Leaf Garland

DIY Garland | 19 Creative Thanksgiving Decorations You’ll Wish You’d Thought Of First

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Instead of raking your leaves into garbage bags or your compost, try stringing up all the beautiful colors of fall on your mantle. You’ll just need some twine, and a really big needle.

18. Spool and Photo Name Card

Spool and Photo Name Card | 19 Creative Thanksgiving Decorations You’ll Wish You’d Thought Of First

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To help guests find their place at your table, print out a snapshot of them and stick it into a slit cut into an old wooden spool. This makes it a lot more personalized than having just their names.

19. Crafty Kids Table

Crafty Kids Table | 19 Creative Thanksgiving Decorations You’ll Wish You’d Thought Of First

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All you need for this one is a little butcher paper, a sharpie to draw faux ‘placemats’ and some crayons for your youngest guests to decorate in their own special way.

Need more Thanksgiving centerpiece ideas? Check 25 easy to make ideas from Home Decor:

Thanksgiving is a great time to get crafty with your decorations. I hope these easy Thanksgiving decorations inspired you to get started on yours.

I already got started on #17. Which one are you going to make? Let me know in the comments below! And if you want to get crafty with autumn leaves, here are more ideas you can DIY!

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