Thanksgiving – Decorating on a Budget

If you’re like me, you’re decorating on a budget this year.  And — if you’re like me — you refuse to believe that being on a budget means your  house can’t look festive.  I’ve been on the prowl for some decorating and craft ideas for Thanksgiving.  Ideas that won’t break the bank… or my patience.  (What can I say.  I’m no Martha Stewart). 

Below are some of my favorites.  You can clink on the link above every picture to be whisked away to the site, where you can get the full nitty-gritty on how to make the crafts.  You also might want to take some time to do some searching of your own. There are a lot of great ideas out there!  (I recommend checking the websites for Good Housekeeping, Woman’s Day, Better Homes and Gardens, Real Simple, and Martha Stewart). 

And honestly, when all else fails, a home can never have too many pumpkins, baskets of pinecones, acorns, or apples.  Sometimes, God’s creation does make for the prettiest of decorations.  🙂

Which idea is your favorite? 


Line ‘Em Up –

Seasonal simplicity doesn’t get any speedier than this streamlined display: Just parade small white pumpkins along a wooden platter, and — to play up the gourds’ paleness — add a runner or fabric remnant in autumnal orange. In five minutes, you’re done.  — Good Housekeeping

Seasonal Gratitude

Express a heartfelt sentiment this Thanksgiving with a colorful paper banner. Measure the width of the area where the garland will hang. Cut out leaf shapes from heavy paper in fall colors. Form a chain to the desired length by overlapping the leaves and adhering them together using a strong crafts glue. Print letter outlines on heavy paper, cut out, and glue to garland. Embellish the garland with coils of copper wire and hang with temporary adhesive putty. — Better Homes and Gardens


Pilgrim Hat Place Cards

Tip your hat to the occasion by making these delightful personalized place cards from miniature flowerpots. — Better Homes and Gardens

Ring of Leaves 

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. — Better Homes and Gardens

Harvest Napkin Ties

For pretty napkin ties that evoke the harvest season, attach acorns to satin ribbon. — Martha Stewart

Apple Candle-holders

The perfect way to add a cozy touch of Autumn to your home. — Woman’s Day

Ear Buds

At this time of year, it seems candy grows grow on trees. Pick a few clean-looking branches from your yard and hot-glue kernels onto them in clumps of twos and threes in various spots, concentrating on the ends and the Vs where the twigs branch off. Wedge the trunk of the branch into a small Styrofoam or floral square (available at crafts stores) and rest it in the base of a vase. Fill the vase to the brim with corn to cover the Styrofoam. – Woman’s Day

Floral Pumpkin Centerpiece 

A white-pumpkin shell becomes the vase for an arrangement of blooms in fall colors — yellows, peaches, and shades of orange – Martha Stewart

Rustic Setting

Plain pinecones make eye-catching accents on a dinner table. Gather the pinecones in the middle of your table as an alternative to a floral centerpiece. Or place a pinecone on individual plates to add a natural touch to place settings. — Better Homes and Gardens


Painted Pinecones

A fresh coat of color enhances the subtle charm of pinecones. Fill a wooden dish with pinecones painted to show off their texture in a display. — Better Homes and Gardens

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4 Responses to Thanksgiving – Decorating on a Budget

  1. Sarah says:

    These are some really cute ideas! I actually know someone who is using miniature white pumpkins to decorate for her wedding. I am also decorating on a budget. I think I’ve got Christmas on the brain already because I haven’t managed any fall decor yet.

  2. lisaou11 says:

    This is some great stuff! Thanks!

  3. Lisa says:

    Thanks for the ideas! This will be the first year I’m hosting Thanksgiving! I need all the help I can get.

  4. Jeannine Como says:

    My favorite decoration for this time of year is a farmer scarecrow. I do different things with him in different years. This year he is standing next to our granite lamppost, and holding a pitchfork. In front of him are 3 various sized pumpkins, which I’m sure he harvested all by himself!

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