Easy Thanksgiving Crafts to Decorate Your Home
Celebrate the spirit of Thanksgiving with these quick harvest-theme crafts.
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Place your favorite harvest-scented candles inside glass votive cups and wrap the vessels with tamale-making husks (available at grocery stores). Soak husks in warm water for a minute to make them flexible. Tightly wrap a husk around a votive cup and hold in place with a rubber band. Trim excess husk at the top and bottom. Twist a thin length of husk and tie it around the center of the candleholder; remove rubber band.
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Pretty Pumpkin Ideas
Turn a Thanksgiving dinner table into something special with these ideas that take only a few minutes to make.
-- Hot-glue cloves, star anise, and leaves to a small pumpkin or gourd to make a fragrant place card.
-- Fill a white container with white and yellow mini pumpkins resting on a bed of colorful fall leaves.
-- Top a pale green pumpkin with a bright gingham bow. Beneath the bow, crisscross thin ribbon in colorful rows down the pumpkin.
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Framed Leaf Decoration
Mimic an expensive antique botanical with this affordable DIY version. Lay a dry (but not brittle) fern branch in between layers of newspaper and place inside a heavy book. Top the book with one or two more heavy books. Glue photocopies of pages from old books or newspapers to a picture frame backing. Once the branch is pressed, decoupage it to the mat, place in the picture frame, and hang.
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Protect your furniture with these festive fall coasters, perfect for guests to use while enjoying Thanksgiving drinks in the living room. Tear yellow tissue paper into small pieces and adhere to a plain ceramic tile using decoupage medium. Let the glue dry slightly before adding border, leaf, and acorn stickers. When the glue is completely dry, coat the piece with acrylic glaze. Add adhesive felt circles to the bottom of the tile to prevent it from scratching surfaces.
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Fall Tree Favors
Say "thank you" to your guests with a favor of a tree planted in their honor. (Arborday.org offers the service.) Present the certificate tied to a fallen or dried leaf twig wrapped in burlap.
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Paper Leaves Centerpiece
Revive bare branches with paper leaves. Pick paper scraps that match your Thanksgiving decor. Fold paper scraps in half and cut out leaf shapes using scallop-edge scissors. Hot-glue the leaves to the branches, along with dried or artificial berries.
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Fall Leaf Table Runner
Craft this easy table runner to display on your Thanksgiving table -- no sewing required! Stamp leaf designs in straight rows down the length of a purchased table runner using fabric paint. Following the manufacturer's instructions on the paint, set and wash the finished design.
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Drill holes through dried gourds and English walnuts (with husks still attached), and alternately string them on heavy-duty twine for a harvest swag. Tuck a spray of vibrant leaves in each corner to add a pop of color and hang the swag indoor or out. See next slide for a detail shot.
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Gourd Garland Detail
We used clusters of real maple leaves for our garland embellishments, but silk ones also would add color -- and last longer.
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Add color and texture to your harvest table with a cornucopia spilling over with apples, dried corn, and shredded paper. Craft your own by folding a sheet of gift wrap or decorative paper into a cone shape and securing the edges with tape.
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For an easy, handmade candleholder, hot-glue ears of dried Indian corn around a candle and wrap twine around the base. Display the embellished candle on your dining room table, buffet, or kitchen counter.
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Thanksgiving Place Cards & Napkin Rings
Add a homey touch to your holiday table with these fall-theme tabletop accessories. Thanks to purchased press-on lettering and crafts clay, no special skills or equipment are required.
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Shimmering Stones Centerpiece
Add some shimmer to your Thanksgiving table by coating ordinary rocks with gold, silver, and copper leaf (available at crafts stores). Give the rocks a rustic look by leaving some of the surface exposed.
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Decorate a buffet table with this simple garland. Use heavy-gauge, gold wire to attach pinecones to rope. Tie a bow made from coarsely woven hemp or cotton ribbon around the rope at the top of each pinecone to hide the wire. (Optional: Add a little glitter to the pinecones before assembling the garland to catch the light.)
Editor's Tip: Reuse this garland for Christmas by swapping out the neutral bows for red or green ones.
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Fall Leaf Wreath
Welcome guests with an easy-to-make leaf wreath. Using small scissors or a utility knife, cut slits in the centers of fresh leaves or pliable dried ones from a crafts store. String the leaves onto a wire wreath form until full. Hang from a pretty ribbon.
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Country Pumpkin Topiaries
Turn miniature pumpkins into tabletop topiaries accented with raffia bows.
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Fall Harvest Basket
Rimmed with pinecones and casuarina pods, this bentwood basket is ready to hold the fruits of your harvest. Golden pecan stain gives the inexpensive container a rich patina.
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Treasured Memories Journal
Create a special keepsake journal filled with family recipes. Ask guests to bring old photos of themselves and a favorite holiday recipe to Thanksgiving dinner. Fill the pages with their offerings, then use the book year after year to create personal meals.
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Cornucopia of Seeds
Create a beautiful Thanksgiving centerpiece overflowing with the colors of fall.
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Stack these painted gourds on a glass cake plate to create an elegant display.
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