25 Thanksgiving Decorating Ideas You’ll Love
We guarantee you’ll be grateful for these beautiful Thanksgiving decorations.
Create a Chic Theme
For cohesive Thanksgiving decor, pick a simple theme to help guide your designs. We love the look of country farmhouse, funky bohemian, or simply elegant, but pick a theme that complements your style and the rest of your home.
Deck out a Planter
When the weather turns cold, don’t put away your pretty planter. Instead, arrange a collection of decorative feathers in the planter, being careful to vary heights, colors and textures.
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String Cozy Lights
String lights aren’t just for Christmas. Use a strand of the twinkling beauties to give warmth to any space. When paired with a cozy throw, the calming atmosphere is perfect for a post-dinner nap.
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Embrace the true meaning of Thanksgiving while also creating a cute decorative accent. All you need is a white pumpkin (real or faux) and some permanent markers. Write “I’m thankful for” in large print and let guests fill in the rest.
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Prepare a Festive Wreath
Most Thanksgiving decor embraces natural elements, and your fall wreath is no exception. Turn to sprigs of fresh greens, oranges, kumquats, cloves and other harvest bounty to bring a festive feel to any space.
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Use Homey Hues
If you have a neutral space, add warmth with seasonal colors like red, orange and yellow. When used in small doses, these hues will make your space feel more inviting.
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Mix and Match
The purpose of Thanksgiving is to spend time with loved ones—not to stress over holiday table decor. If your dining area lacks enough room to comfortably fit all of your guests, look to a thrift store for mix-and-match seating. We’re obsessed with these colorful benches and chairs.
Transform a Bundt Pan
You know that old bundt pan gathering dust in the back of your pantry? Turn it into a darling turkey wreath. You’ll need to spray paint the pan red or orange to create the body, glue a stuffed turkey in the center of the pan for the head and legs and splay a mixture of feathers and wheat sprigs to make the feathers.
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Step up with Simple Decor
If you have a ladder shelf in your home, it’s the perfect spot to add a few Thanksgiving decorations. Use each shelf to display cozy pillows, gourds, candles, fall foliage and more. Complete the look with a strand of battery-operated twinkle lights.
Display Vintage Finds
Whether they’re family heirlooms, thrift store finds or recently made crafts, put your favorite festive tokens on display. We love the look of this embroidered pumpkin tucked in front of a window, but you could also nestle it in a bookcase or on the mantel.
DIY a Feather Garland
Searching for cheap Thanksgiving decoration ideas? Look no further than a DIY feather garland. All you need are twine, feathers and hot glue. If desired, dip the top edge of each feather in metallic paint for a little touch of glam.
Light Natural Candles
Candles are a popular decorating accent because they add immediate warmth to a space. Dress up your holiday tapers by placing them in a narrow glass, then filling in the gaps with whole nuts. A strip of burlap and ribbon complete the look.
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Build a Rustic Centerpiece
Thanksgiving decorating ideas don’t have to break the bank. A lot of great accents can be made with items you already have or that you can buy for cheap. This centerpiece, for example, only requires wood slices, candles and some fresh flowers. Check out a local lumberyard for wood scraps, and most thrift stores carry candles for a fraction of retail price.
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Deck out the Outdoors
Since it’s the first part of your home guests will notice, Thanksgiving door decorations are a must. Dress up the outdoor area with pumpkins, fresh apples and gourds, lanterns and a pretty wreath.
Dress up Your Mantel
Unlike other holidays, there are no specific decorations that need to adorn your mantel at Thanksgiving. That means the way you decorate it is entirely up to you! We love a mix of eclectic finds, such as a cute sign, a decorated pumpkin and a neutral glass accent.
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Set a Sweet Table
Are your Thanksgiving decorations corny? In this scenario, it’s a compliment. Dried corn husks and a weather-worn quote sign combine for an effortless table display.
Brings the Outdoors In
If you’re still searching for Thanksgiving decor inspiration, look to your backyard. Fallen branches, pinecones, colorful leaves and more make breathtaking displays.
Make Use of Fall Foliage
Show off the beauty of fall foliage with a colorful wreath. Simply arrange clusters of leaves on a wooden wreath form and secure with hot glue. You can use either real or faux leaves for this project, but keep in mind that fake leaves will let your Thanksgiving wreaths live on for years to come.
Pluck Pretty Pears
This gorgeous mantel display starts in your kitchen. You’ll need a collection of fresh yet firm pears and a jar of whole cloves. Use the cloves to write a letter on each pear, then align the pears in a row to spell out your chosen word. “Together,” “thankful” and “grateful” are all good choices.
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Dress up the Dessert Table
If you’re setting up a separate table for desserts and drinks, keep the area festive. We love how this space utilizes an inspirational wooden sign, eclectic serveware and a patterned table runner to breathe life into an otherwise boring part of your holiday spread.
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Stick to a Color Scheme
One of the easiest ways to decorate for Thanksgiving is with a color scheme. Pick a handful of colors that complement one another, and use them for table linens, serving pieces, artwork and more. Here, sage green, orange and beige create an elegant tablescape.
Nature is beautiful, so why not show it off as part of your Thanksgiving decor? Just stick natural elements, like feathers, wheat stalks or berries in neutral frames, then display on a mantel or entry table.
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