With the holidays fast approaching, we are transitioning from the fall moods into more merry themes. Thanksgiving is traditionally known for all of its family feasts and great dishes to pass. Decorations for the holiday are overlooked but before you take out the tinsel below are a few different ideas to give you inspiration in spicing up your Thanksgiving game.
What may look to be a very complicated project is actually pretty simple once you get the hang of it. For this, you will need:
- A wire wreath
- A roll of raw burlap
- Hot glue gun
- Ribbon to decorate
- Leaves to decorate
To start, wrap the burlap around the wire once and glue it to secure the start of the wreath. For each section of burlap, you will bunch it up a few times and wrap it through one of the sections of the wreath. Keep repeating this step until you get to the end, then, you will secure the end of the burlap to the wreath by using the hot glue gun again. To decorate the wreath that you have now made, you can use whatever you would like: bows (premade or homemade), leaves, buttons, anything that reminds you of the holiday.
Leaf Name Tags
At any holiday party, there is usually seating arrangements for the guests. Whether that be an unspoken rule with the same family members that you gather with every year or new guests to come, this project could be that extra piece to pull your whole table setting together. To make the name tags, you will need:
- Cardstock paper (reds and oranges to stick with the theme)
- Long neck glasses
- Metallic markers
- Hole punch
For this, you could print off a stencil online to make the perfect leaf shapes, or you could freehand it with the scissors. You will want to get a list of your guest’s names and take one of the markers to the leaf and write them all in any font of your choosing. I have, personally, found calligraphy looks the best for the project. After this, take the hole punch you have and, at the end of the leaf, make a single hole to loop the twine through. You should cut about a four to five-inch piece of twine for this. To secure the name tag, wrap the twine around the bottom of the long-necked glass and knot the end.
The staple of the holiday, a cornucopia is the most traditional decoration of the Thanksgiving season. Perfect for making your table look a little fuller, it is more of an undone piece that gives off the true significance of the holiday. For this, you will need:
- A cornucopia wicker basket can be found at local craft or grocery chain stores
- Various gourds and small pumpkins
- Leaves and artificial twigs
To start this project, gather all of the necessary pieces from your local markets and stores. For set up, place the cornucopia in the middle of the table. It serves as the perfect, flamboyant centerpiece. Then, you can start to fill the basket with any kinds of pumpkins, gourds, etc. that fit the color theme you are aiming for. The more aspects to a piece like this, the better!
Decorative Footed Glass with Thanks
I find a lot of people start to do small décor items such as this around the start of the new year as a way to have a recap of the year and everything good that has happened in that span of time. To complete this project, you will need:
- Medium to large-footed glass
- Small slips of paper
- Willing participants
Starting off the decoration, place the footed glass in a highly populated area of the room to get the best outcome from it. The more people see it, the more likely they are to participate. Instruct holiday goers to take a slip of paper and write down things that they are thankful for; they may keep the notes anonymous or reveal themselves. Once the festivities wind down, empty the glass to share positive memories and thoughts from others. I would suggest keeping the mementos as a happy reminder of your loved ones.
This décor item isn’t restricted only to Thanksgiving but rather dedicated to the fall and winter season around that time. Playing a part as fulfilling the aesthetic you are trying to achieve, as well as adding a delicious scent to your living area, this is a perfect inexpensive option to bring out holiday cheer. For this, you will need:
- A bag of scented pinecones, I suggest the ones sold at JoAnn’s Fabrics
- Large decorative glass vase
- Ribbon, optional
- Artificial berries and twigs, optional
To start, take your large glass vase and fill it to your desired volume of the scented pinecones. You could stop the project here and it would look equally as decorative as anything else. But, if you would like to spice up the project a little more, I have to options for you. The first is to take a ribbon, I would say use a darker red hue to stick to the theme of the season and tie it around the top of the neck of the vase. Secondly, you can purchase artificial berries and twigs at any craft store to add into the vase with the pinecones to break up all of the brown colors. Either way, it will fulfill your cozy holiday dreams.
As you can see Thanksgiving is another holiday where you can demonstrate your personal style. You can mix and match textures, colors, and products to make any of these craft ideas your own. Each craft gives your home a loving touch your guest will adore. Happy Thanksgiving!