If you’re hosting this year, Thanksgiving Decorations are a fun way to get your home into the spirit of the holiday and make it welcoming for your guests.
Decorating doesn’t have to be expensive, but some ideas will fit any budget here. A quick trip to the craft store or your craft box should help you find everything you need to deck your home out in style, both indoors and outdoors.
Decorating your home for the holiday is fun, especially if you have kids and they might even be able to help out with some of these ideas.
We hope you will enjoy the creative suggestions here and will be ready to have the best looking home on the block.
1. Give Thanks Banner
Even if you don’t have a fireplace, you’ll love stringing this “Give Thanks” banner in your house.
2. Lantern Filled with Gourds
This lantern filled with gourds would look great on your front porch or your Thanksgiving table.
3. Pumpkin Centerpiece
This pumpkin centerpiece is one of my favorite Thanksgiving decorations because it’s easy but looks elegant.
4. Log Candle Holder
If you want a rustic look on your Thanksgiving table, this log candle holder is a perfect choice.
5. DIY Thankful Sign
As you reflect on the blessings, make this thankful sign as a reminder of the season and a way to find joy in sharing gratitude.
6. Pumpkin Filled with Foliage
This pumpkin filled with foliage is neutral and classy and will look beautiful on your mantle or table.
7. Crock with Apples
Apples are iconic for fall, so this fantastic centerpiece is a fun way to celebrate Thanksgiving and the entire season.
8. Fall Ornament Wreath
Feeling extra creative? Add a touch of fall to your front door with this ornament wreath.
9. Pumpkin Pie Garland
It’s not Thanksgiving until you’ve hung up this pumpkin pie garland.
10. Pumpkin Candle Holders
Combine the ambiance of candles with the beauty of gourds to create a quaint Thanksgiving decoration, such as these gourds filled with candles.
11. Wooden Fall Sign
This wooden fall sign is a great choice when it comes to Thanksgiving decorations for your porch and yard.
12. Painted Acorns
These painted acorns make super cute table scatter.
13. Wine Cork Pumpkin
This wine cork pumpkin comes together quickly and is a great way to use up some craft supplies and end up with some great Thanksgiving decorations.
14. Fall Filled Hurricane
Fill a hurricane with pinecones, fall leaves, and small pumpkins, and you have a Thanksgiving centerpiece that will get loads of compliments.
15. Pumpkin Taper Holders
If you’ve got older kids, these pumpkin taper holders are a great Thanksgiving craft for them.
16. Turkey Wreath
It’s easy to welcome your guests into your home when you have this turkey wreath hanging on your front door.
17. Turkey Leaf Lanterns
Get your kids in on the fun with these adorable turkey leaf lanterns.
18. Thanksgiving Mason Jar
When it comes to Thanksgiving decorations, you’re never going to find anything easier than these mason jars.
19. Paper Pumpkins
These paper pumpkins are easy to make and look so cute scattered on the table.
20. Carved Oranges
A few oranges and some cloves are all you need to make these sweet-smelling Thanksgiving decorations.
21. Burlap Leaf Place Cards
These place cards double as table decor and a way to seat everyone at the table.
22. Pumpkin Address Pot
Use this pumpkin address to deck your porch out for Thanksgiving this year.
23. Popping Corn Candle Holder
Not only is this a great decoration for Thanksgiving, but this popping corn candle holder also smells really great.
24. Bundle of Painted Pinecones
You can hang these cute painted pinecones inside or outside as you celebrate Thanksgiving this year.
25. Give Thanks Centerpiece
Get ready for lots of compliments when you use this “Give Thanks” centerpiece on your Thanksgiving table.
26. Thanksgiving Recycled Bottles
Raid your recycling bin to find just what you need to create this showstopping wine bottle centerpiece.
27. Gratitude Tree
This gratitude tree doubles as a way to give thanks and a way to decorate your home for Thanksgiving.
28. Thanksgiving Napkins
Even very young kids can help you make these gradient napkins tied with raffia.
29. Indian Corn Centerpiece
This is one of the most beautiful Thanksgiving decorations you’ll ever see. Indian corn and fall foliage come together in a lovely way.
30. Thankful Wall Art
What a great way to decorate for Thanksgiving! Hang this thankful wall art anywhere in your home.
With all of these great Thanksgiving decorations, your entire home will be decked out and ready for the holiday. No matter where you are, you’ll have plenty of delightful decorations to make you and your guests smile.
8 Tips for a Thanksgiving Table on a Budget
I’ve got a few ways for you to save money in the Thanksgiving table décor department. Here are my ideas that will hopefully save you a lot of money.
1. Grow Your Own Centerpiece
A lot of very common centerpieces include things like pumpkins for decoration. If you go to purchase pumpkins from a store they can be expensive.
So I would suggest, if you think you will use pumpkins to decorate your home or table for Thanksgiving, then you should consider growing a few. Growing pumpkins isn’t terribly complicated, and you don’t need a lot of room to do so.
In fact, if you plant a few hills of pumpkins, you can use a trellis for them to grow up. Then you’ll have plenty of pumpkins to decorate with until your heart is content.
However, if you just really don’t want to grow pumpkins, at least hunt for a local pumpkin patch. In our area, they are usually cheaper than purchasing from a chain store. You could save money by just shopping for the lowest price in your area.
2. DIY It
I was at the store the other day looking for a few items to decorate my home for fall. I was planning on making my décor, but after I saw the prices on the premade décor I knew I was going to be making my own home décor.
If you are trying to put together beautiful décor for your Thanksgiving meal, then I recommend that you put Pinterest to good use. People have created so many gorgeous ideas that are rather inexpensive.
For instance, I found this centerpiece that you could probably make with items you already have on hand. They took different colored beans and corn and layered them in a vase.
Then they placed a candle in the center and a piece of string around it to make a simple bow. It doesn’t get much easier or inexpensive than that.
As you can see, you can create some gorgeous centerpieces with very little investment once you find the right inspiration.
3. Raise Your Bouquets
Mums and other fall flowers are a big deal for centerpieces around Thanksgiving. If you like mums, then you should consider growing them yourself.
Or you could grow a few other gorgeous types of flowers in a greenhouse too so you could have them around Thanksgiving to decorate with. This will save you plenty of money instead of purchasing a bunch of fall flowers from local nurseries.
However, if you aren’t someone that likes to grow things, then you could also consider shopping for artificial fall flowers after the season is over. That way you could have plenty of flowers to create ample centerpieces, but without all of the expense involved if they were purchased in season.
4. Let the Food Do the Dazzling
I know in our day in time it is all about the decorations, and if you are one of those people that have a large dining room meant to host special occasions such as Thanksgiving with a large table that leaves room for both food and decoration, then you are extremely fortunate. I hope you realize that.
Because, truthfully, most of us have one space for eating. We have a table that is barely big enough to hold the food and our families.
In my house, I decorate my front door and porch with some pumpkins, a few flowers, and a wreath, but I don’t worry so much about table décor.
You may be thinking, “What? Why?”
Well, because I let my food do the decorating. My table is bigger, but I have a large family too. Which means I require quite a few dishes on Thanksgiving.
Then I just arrange the food in dishes that add some color and make sure that the food looks pretty and appetizing. That is all the décor I feel we really need.
So if you are on a super tight budget, I tell you, don’t fret over creating the perfect centerpiece. Instead, just make an amazing meal and allow it to decorate your table.
5. Become BFFs with the Bargain Store
For those of you who are super crafty and are thinking, “No way, Sister! I’m not giving up my centerpiece.” I understand that and think you are amazing for wanting your home to be as welcoming as you can possibly make it.
In that case, I suggest that you find your local bargain store and get creative. Many bargain stores have items as low as $1. In that case, you could buy a vase, some marbles to go in it, some nice artificial fall flowers, and a bow.
Then for less than $10, you could have a humdinger of a centerpiece to decorate your table this Thanksgiving.
Or you could stroll through their seasonal aisle to see what other inspirations you can pick up. Our bargain store has a great aisle for seasonal items, baskets, home décor, and flowers. All of those things together could make a gorgeous table decoration.
Be creative, go shopping on a day when you are by yourself, can think, and pick up on any inspirations you may find. You may even surprise yourself with the gorgeous décor you create.
6. Buy Low and Rework It
This is something I do when I’m decorating my home for any season. I love flowers, but I don’t love just any flowers. I’m a fresh flower kind of girl. I try to grow my own flowers, but there are some times in life when you just don’t have the time.
Actually, this year has been one of those times. We moved to a new home, and I barely had enough time to get a garden in the ground for our food this year.
However, I had no time to really focus on flowers. So when that happens, I go to my local nursery and see what items they have marked down. This may be flowers or other décor items.
In the event it is a décor item, if I like it, I buy it and figure out how to rework it to where it works for what I want to do.
An example would be when I purchased a few scarecrows last year that were on sale. I’ve used them multiple times already in different ways.
Last year, I used some of our hay bales and stacked them up. Then I placed the scarecrow on top with some pumpkins and mums surrounding it. This year, I’m using the scarecrow to decorate my chicken coop.
Now, I apply this same method to flowers. If I find a mum or any plant I like that is discounted because it appears to be passing away, then if it isn’t too far gone, I’ll buy it.
Then I bring it home and nurse it back to life. This is a great way to get a centerpiece or any type of décor for your home at a discounted price. With mums, you can even plant them after you’ve brought them back to life, and then they’ll come back year after year.
7. Get the Kids to Help
I love this next idea. A few years ago, my husband and I were still trying to pull through a financial storm. We were going to my mom for Thanksgiving (thankfully), but we wanted to contribute something though we didn’t have a lot of money to bring food.
So we had our kids do something that we knew everyone would love. See, most families think that anything a child does is super spectacular. It has a way of adding a touch of love to any situation.
This is why we had our kids draw some really amazing pictures depicting Thanksgiving. They could draw a picture of the first Thanksgiving, make a hand turkey on a piece of paper, or just draw a picture of the family.
Then you can laminate these pictures to make unique placemats for everyone at Thanksgiving. Not only is it an inexpensive way to decorate, but your kids get to have a hand in helping.
Also, consider making paper chains to decorate for Thanksgiving. You could write what you are thankful for on each chain and then hang it up over the table to use as Thanksgiving décor.
Getting the kids on board will definitely make the Thanksgiving décor that much more special.
8. Edible Décor
My final way to decorate your table for Thanksgiving on a budget is by creating something edible. I know, you are going to have a lot of food at Thanksgiving, but you could still make an edible centerpiece.
See, I love this because you can still make it yourself and to create stuff from food is usually less expensive than purchasing flowers or other items.
However, I have one specific idea in mind. I found this edible cornucopia and have loved it ever since. I already said that I don’t normally decorate my table with anything else besides the meal. Sometimes I’ll put a couple of candles around the food just to add a softness to the occasion.
However, when I saw this cornucopia, I knew I had to try it this year and it can easily be created from canned pizza crust. Then you stuff it with real food.
After the meal is done, you can use the fruit for later, and you can feed the cornucopia to your family for breakfast the next day or even toss it to the chickens.
Still, you’ll have a gorgeous and simple centerpiece without a lot of expense. Which is the goal for most frugal Thanksgiving hosts.