40 Festive and Cozy Ideas for Thanksgiving Decorations

These beautiful DIY Thanksgiving decor ideas will spruce up your home and your table.

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Bless'er House/Twelve On Main

Set an unexpectedly fresh fall scene with these cool Thanksgiving crafts and fetching finds. From rustic table settings and festive centerpieces to DIY fall wreaths, our Thanksgiving decorations will bring a welcome twist to your table or home.

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Bless'er House
Copper Thanksgiving Table Decor

A green and copper color palette makes for a warm, inviting Thanksgiving table setting, and kraft paper cards at each place encourage guests to jot down their blessings. Even better: Almost everything can be sourced from the dollar store and grocery store!

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Twelve on Main
DIY Basket Thanksgiving Wreath

Why should Easter get all the woven fun? This rustic wreath will have guests singing, "A-tisket, a-tasket, a Thanksgiving basket."

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Shanty 2 Chic
Printable Give Thanks Sign

Download and print this free design and throw in a wooden frame for a Thanksgiving decoration that's as easy as can be.

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Brian Woodcock
Gilded Fruit Centerpiece

Cover with copper leaf for festive decor that will never spoil. Just insert into artificial pomegranates. Coat each with . Stand skewers upright in a ; let pomegranates dry until tacky (about 7 minutes). Following manufacturer's instructions, apply until pomegranate is covered (approximately 2 sheets). Repeat with each pomegranate. Display on a tray, in a bowl, or on a cake stand.

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Brian Woodcock
Corn Husk Wreath

Paint the tips for an elegant twist on this harvest staple.

Step 1: Wrap corn husks around an , using a hot-glue gun to adhere the edges. You'll need about 35 husks to completely cover the wreath form.

Step 2: Using a foam brush, paint the tips of 48 additional corn husks with ; let dry (about 15 minutes).

Step 3: Starting with the outer edge of the wreath, use hot-glue to adhere three concentric rings of 16 corn husks each. (Attach the second ring to the middle of the wreath and the third to its inner edge.) For the second and third rings, position the tip of each corn husk between two corn husks from the previous ring.

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Mikkel Vang
Go Beyond the Vase

When it comes to centerpieces, vintage wooden spools—around $5 to $10 each on —offer a novel way to display dried leaves or branches. (If using fresh flowers, seek out spools with hollow cores wide enough to accommodate floral tubes.) The vessel that contains our loose arrangement of dahlias and pomegranates? It's a . Bonus: Craft the cheapest candlestick ever: A $3 roll of from the hardware store! Pop a taper inside, then set it atop a plate.

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Mikkel Vang
Autumnal Place Setting

For favors sure to spark conversation, by filling them with melted wax and inserting short wicks (allow one hour of cooling time). To assemble a complete glow-on-the-go kit, stash the tiny lights, a few matches, in a tricked out with a striker, a.k.a. a strip of sandpaper glued to one side. The final touch: Personalize the lid with a and a handwritten note.

RELATED: Thanksgiving Table Setting Ideas

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Michael Partenio
Door Greeting

Greet guests with this charming alternative to a fall wreath. Simply apply a layer of to the inside of an , then add autumn branches and bittersweet berries for a seasonal finish.

RELATED: Easy and Beautiful Thanksgiving Craft Ideas

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Brian Woodcock
Wheat Horseshoe Wreath

Spruce up plain chair backs with this seasonal embellishment.

Step 1: Cut a and bend it into a horseshoe shape. (We used armature wire, but any wire, including a coat hanger, will work.) Wrap the wire, including any sharp ends, with masking tape.

Step 2: Gather five pieces of and trim the stems to 2 ½ inches long. Wrap stems together with white, cloth-covered floral wire to make a bundle. Make 9 more bundles of 5 stems each, for a total of 10 bundles.

Step 3: Attach the bundles to the horseshoe-shaped wire with floral wire. Place 5 on the right and 5 on the left, leaving a 2-inch space at the center. Tie a bow with in this space.

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Mikkel Vang
DIY Leaf Table Runner

Let nature take its course with a DIY leaf runner. Crafted from lush blue and green felt, this table topper perks up plain linens and provides a padded path for hot plates. Download our and use it to cut the shapes out of felt. Create enough leaves to traverse your table, then hand-stitch the edges together in a whimsical, overlapping design.

A feather placecard lends a fine finish. More than just a way to denote seating arrangements, this pretty plumage doubles as wearable art—thanks to a bar pin hot-glued to the back. Make the quill stand upright by hot-gluing a magnet to the side of a cork, then sliding the placecard between the feather pin and cork magnet. As for the gorgeous handwriting, we splurged on professional calligraphy.

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Kraft Paper Tablecloth

A roll of makes a fun tablecloth for the kids' table—make sure to set out terra-cotta pots filled with crayons (and pears, for decoration).


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Pinecone Door Hanging

Not all DIY front-door decor requires a foam wreath form. To make this elegant cluster, we selected 8 four- to six-inch pinecones and 8 two-foot-long pieces of silk ribbon. Use a hot-glue gun to adhere the last two inches of each ribbon to the base of a cone. After the glue dries, collect all the ribbon ends and stagger them so that the cones fall at varying lengths. Tie the ribbon ends together in a knot, trim the tips so they are uniform, and slip the knot over a finishing nail.

RELATED: Holiday Pinecone Craft Ideas

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Gridley & Graves
Get Crafty with DIY Napkin Holders

Stamp a message and design on cardstock, punch holes on either side, and thread with a coordinating ribbon to create custom napkin holders.

RELATED: Practically Free Thanksgiving Placecard Ideas

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Brian Woodcock
Box Grater Luminaries

Create moody ambience on a sideboard with this flickering display. Arrange multiple vintage box graters on a tray. Illuminate with flameless flickering LED votives to prevent the metal graters from becoming too hot to handle. Fill in gaps on tray with acorns and extra candles.


RELATED: 17 Beautiful DIY Fall Wreaths

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Kids Table Place Mats

A kids' table calls for cute, kid-friendly settings.

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A Pumpkin and a Princess
DIY Pumpkin Vase

Trade your glass vase for a faux pumpkin to take your Thanksgiving decor to the next level.

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Thankful Tree Leaves

We are definitely thankful for these charming free printables, which you can display on an arrangement of fall branches in your entry way.

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Fall Mantel

All you need are some fall leaves, antique clothespins, twine, old book pages, and white pumpkins to create this classy fireplace display

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Thanksgiving Tablescape

Corn tassels, dried seed pods, and white pumpkins complete this country chic look.

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Chalk Painted Pumpkins

If you love chalk painting furniture, just wait until you get your hands on some pumpkins.

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Mason Jar Fall Luminary

We love a fall Mason jar! These cute versions would look right at home on your Thanksgiving table.

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The Frugal Homemaker
Thanksgiving Banner

Remind your dinner guests what the holiday is all about with this simple and sweet fireplace banner.

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Pumpkin Bucket Centerpiece

Save money and time with this crafty idea for —a touch of gold spray paint can make anything elegant!

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Fall Mason Jar Vases

It's the simple decorations that puts everything into perspective.

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Book Pumpkin

Don't judge a book by its cover, but rather by how easily you can turn it into a cute pumpkin!

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Fall Greetings

Give your porch a a warm autumn touch by adding a cozy fall pillow.

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The Thankful Tree

Remind your guests the true meaning of Thanksgiving by presenting this wonderful tree that lists all of the best things in life.

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Miki Duisterhof
Asian Pear Arrangement

"Cut or buy these beautiful branches long," Liza Lubell of Brooklyn's Peartree Flowers says, then balance their heft with an equally sizable container. Start by placing your tallest cuttings in the middle, and fan out with the shorter ones from there. An ideal home for such a striking setup: a low piece of furniture, like a chest or bench. You can also try olives or forsythia.

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Miki Duisterhof
Pomegranate Centerpieces

Liza Lubell of Brooklyn's says, "Ripe fruit is as lush as any flower." Here, she uses opulent pomegranates for these autumnal centerpieces. Cut each branch to a height that allows its heavy fruits to rest on the rim of your vase. Then fill in with inexpensive foliage, such as the purple shiso leaves here. You can also try apples or persimmons.

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Gridley & Graves
Kids' Table

We all fondly recall holidays spent at the kids' table, joking with cousins and passing vegetables to the dog when no one was looking. To create special memories for the next generation, forgo the boring card table in favor of a fun, kid-friendly setup with plenty of treats and activities to keep boredom and squabbles at bay.

Giving Tree: Have the kids write down what they're thankful for this year on stamped tags, then tie to branches of fall foliage.

Sweet Treats: Thanksgiving-themed chocolate turkeys and lollipops make winning favors for tots.

Gift Bags: Fill gift bags with rubber stamps and pads, then lay parchment paper on the table so the kids can play.

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