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Inexpensive Ways to Decorate for Thanksgiving


Okay, okay call me a bit of an over planner, but I can’t resist planning ahead for the “All You Can Eat” holiday. But can you blame me? There’s a lot that goes into feeding a large family, and the food is just the half of it! Naturally, you have to decorate as well! Instead of breaking the bank (Christmas is right around the corner, time to start saving!) here are a few of my favorite ways to decorate for Thanksgiving.

Thanksgiving is all about being grateful! Showcase what matters to you with a framed Thanksgiving message board. Have your guests write what they are grateful for (on a leaf shaped note, of course!) and stick it onto your framed “Thankful Board.” See more at Midwest Living. 


Your fireplace mantlepiece is one of the best places to decorate for the holidays. You’d be surprised at how easily your eye rests on a mantlepiece! Outfit yours for Turkey Day with wheat stalks, and variously shaped pumpkins and squash. Instant festivity!


What’s Thanksgiving without a few turkeys? Use a pinecone as the “body” of the turkey, and create feathers from various colors of construction paper. Naturally, you should have your guests write something they are thankful for on each turkey leaf!


Every dinner host needs a corn husk wreath in their decorating arsenal! Wrap corn husks around a straw wreath for an easy Thanksgiving DIY.


The previous mantelpiece didn’t quite tickle your fancy? What about this one from The Frugal Homemaker? She will show you how to make a banner like this for only $6.


Don’t forget about your tablescape this Thanksgiving! Depending on the number of people you have attending your dinner, having place cards might be best for your event. Plus, check out those acorn party favors! Fill empty acorns with candle wax and short wicks. Learn how to make these place cards AND these “on the go glow kits” here. 


I’m a DIYer that is absolutely IN LOVE with all things chalk paint…but then again, which DIYer isn’t? Cover your pumpkins, squash, and ghords with a layer of chalk paint. You’ll only need $20 to make this chalk covered centerpiece. Use this tutorial from Anderson + Grant to make these for yourself!


Even your dining room chairs need a little livening up this Thanksgiving! Dress up the back of your chair with a wheat stalk wreath and a brightly colored ribbon. Get the step by step tutorial here. You guests won’t want to leave their seats!


Here’s one last fall mantelpiece that I simply had to share with all of you! A leaf shaped fall garland, whitewashed pumpkins, and a classic chalkboard greeting make this space totally impressionable. It will be the highlight of your Thanksgiving, well, besides your cooking of course!

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