Six Easy Ways to Decorate for Thanksgiving

Looking for a quick little Thanksgiving pick-me-up for your home?  Here are six ideas worth trying (and they are easy!)



Here’s a really easy one.  Using silk fall leaves and raffia, tie the leaves around a candle.  I have electronic candles so it’s safe.  To keep the leaves in place while I decided where to put them, I put scotch tape around the candle with the sticky side out!


Then put the candle in a glass jar and surround with pine cones and acorns!


Another trick with candles and pine cones,


Put an electronic candle in a holder (I got this little holder and the candle at the Dollar Tree!) in a large bowl.  Drop a few silk fall leaves in and you have a perfect autumn centerpiece!  I tried real leaves and they are great for a day or two – but then they turn brown and crunchy.


Have an old rake lying around?  My husband found this one in a “Free” pile at a yard sale and strung some leave on it.  It sits on our front porch from September until the end of November!



My husband salvaged this cake plate and created a beautiful wooden piece that is out all year.  Each season I put something on it to celebrate.  For Thanksgiving, I put an old (and I mean old, but not vintage) terracotta tea light older on it.  Then I surrounded that with leaves, pine cones, Indian corn and gourds.



Another “display” is inside a little pocket in my hall.  I have an old house from the early 1950s.  This little area became the “I don’t know where to put it, so I’ll put it here” space.  I decided to clear it out and make a pretty space with it – starting for Thanksgiving.


Using a wooden and paper turkey my husband made (any turkey will do), I set gourds, corn, acorns and leaves all around, using a full napkin under it all.  I purchased lights at CostCo that are small, battery operated and turn on and off with push – they are small and included a remote that allows you to dim the light.  That was placed above the display and runs at 10% – just enough to highlight it!


If you want to put in a little work – an afternoon project?


Using two wooden hearts – any size you want – paint them white.  Add the gold squares.  Use a small block as a stamp.  The flowers are red hearts with simple green leaves and three dots for stems.

Use any font that you like – I like dots because they are easy and forgiving.  When the paint is dry, drill a hole on either side of the hearts.  Using hot glue, insert a small piece of wire into the holes of each heart to connect them.

On the opposite sides, insert wires that are about the same length as the width of the heart.  When the glue is cools, wrap the long wires around a pencil to form a spiral, then time some fall colored rafia close to the sides of the heart – hang and enjoy!


So there you have it – six ideas to inspire you to “Thanksgivify” your home!


About Helen Fern

I live in the upper Willamette Valley with my amazing husband and four very spoiled cats - three adopted feral cats and one shelter baby. We have lived here since the dawn of 1991 and love every inch of the region.
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4 Responses to Six Easy Ways to Decorate for Thanksgiving

  1. You read my mind. I don’t have any decor for Thanksgiving and needed some inexpensive and easy ideas because I AM NOT crafty. Great suggestions!

  2. April Grant says:

    These are super simple cute ideas. I especially like the candle ideas.

    Thank you for sharing with Turn it Up Tuesday! ~ Co-host

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