Finding the perfect Thanksgiving table decorations can be time-consuming and pricey. Thankfully, DIY Thanksgiving decoration ideas are both beautiful and affordable. Whether you want something that’s rustic yet chic or prefer a warm and cozy look, you're going to love these creative Thanksgiving table centerpieces.
While running out and buying new Thanksgiving table decor might sound easier than making your own festive decorations, taking the time to create something doesn't just save you money — it can also boost your health, according to Mark Frauenfelder, the editor-in-chief of the do-it-yourself magazine Make and author of the craft book Made by Hand: Searching for Meaning in a Throwaway World ($7.99, Amazon).
“When people engage in DIY activities like knitting, their heart rate and blood pressure go down,” Frauenfelder told The Huffington Post. "We are tool-using animals and our bodies feel better when we’ve got tools in our hands.”
Take a look at these crafty Thanksgiving table decorating ideas and create something that will make your heart (and your wallet) thankful this year!
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Life Is a Party
Rustic Thanksgiving Table Settings
If you're lucky enough to celebrate Thanksgiving outside, then you should definitely take a few pointers from Dannyelle Nicolle-Ramjist, the creative mind behind Life Is a Party. She's created a rustic yet eclectic Thanksgiving tablescape using wild flowers arranged in tarnished silver julep cups, along with white pumpkins and some vintage cutlery.
This simple tablescape by Joann MacDonald, the real woman behind Woman in Real Life, combines bright blue, gold, and silver for a cheery and contemporary look. We love how the vintage pieces (the brass candle holders, silver-plated cutlery, and crystal serving dishes) mesh with the more contemporary pieces (like the splatterwear plates).
These quick-and-easy painted leaf place settings created by Christina Williams, the crafty owner behind the Christina Williams Blog, are so simple to make and beautiful to look at. All you need is a little bit of metallic paint and a handful of leaves, and presto!
Get the necessary materials: Martha Stewart multi-surface metallic acrylic craft paint ($8.82, Amazon)
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Mix-and-Match Thanksgiving Dinnerware
Who cares if you don't have fine China. According to Erin Hiemstra, the style-savvy blogger behind Apartment 34, mixing it up is the best way to go this Thanksgiving. Not only did she use two different dinner plates, she also added in three different salad plates, two types of glasses, two different sets of cloth napkins, and two different chair finishes to create this stunning tablescape.
Hold on to those little orange pumpkins you had on display for Halloween and spruce them up for a white-and-gold Thanksgiving table centerpiece. All you'll need for this DIY project by Landyn Hutchinson, the style guru behind Living with Landyn, is a little bit of gold metallic paint, white spray paint, an old toothbrush, a few rubber bands, and a little bit of patience.
This casual and understated tablescape by Caroline Harper Knapp, the visionary behind House of Harper, is perfect for a quaint family get-together. We love how the traditional fall color scheme pairs with the cute pumpkin name holders. Looking for Thanksgiving table runner ideas? This kraft paper runner also adds a nice personal touch!
This DIY rustic wood table runner by Marie Chorak, the crafty author behind Blooming Homestead, is not only easy, but affordable too. In fact, Chorak made her table runner for less than $8. All you need is a tape measure, a sturdy piece of wood, and a little bit of stain and polyurethane to finish it off.
Get the necessary materials: Wood finish penetrating stain ($7.99, Amazon)
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Pumpkin Table Number Holders
These brightly colored glitter-dipped pumpkins by Tauni Everett, the creative blogger behind Tauni + Co., are perfect Thanksgiving place number or name card holders. Add a little sparkle to your Thanksgiving table with these DIY place card pumpkins.