Easy DIY Thanksgiving Decoration Ideas


Despite all our struggles in the past couple of years, we’re sure there are things that you’re thankful for. That’s why everyone should find the time to celebrate Thanksgiving Day. You don’t need a grand feast or expensive gifts to show your gratitude. Something simple would suffice as long as you express your appreciation clearly. When it comes to decorating your home, you can also make do with some DIY Thanksgiving decoration ideas. Check out 5 easy Thanksgiving decors that you can enjoy making with the family.



Fall Leaves Banner

Do you want a DIY Thanksgiving decoration that’s fast, easy, and cheap? Look no further than this simple banner made of leaves. As you can see, all you need are a few fall leaves (real or paper ones), twine, pages from an old book, and some wooden clothespins.

Fall Leaf Banner by Sondra Lynn At Home

First, figure out where you want to hang your fall leaves banner then take your twine and measure and cut how long you’ll need. Tie the clothespins to the twine with equal spaces in between them. Next, rip the book pages in the shape of each of the fall leaves but smaller. You can also let your imagination run wild and do other shapes.

If you’re making your fall leaf from scratch, you’ll need sturdy paper, a pair of scissors, paint, and a marker. Simply draw the shape of the leaf on the paper with the marker, paint it with any combination of brown and orange, let them dry, then cut them out. Another option is to use crepe paper. This one is actually better since the crepe paper’s rough texture makes the leaves look more realistic. Check out the video above to learn how to do this simple DIY Thanksgiving decoration.

Once you’re done with all the leaves, pair them together. Place the smaller book page leaf on top of the bigger fall leaf. Clip them together with a clothespin. Finally, hang and tie the banner at both ends.

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DIY Thanksgiving Basket Wreath

Wreaths are quite popular during Advent and Christmas. It’s also a common ornament during the fall season including Thanksgiving Day. Lucky for you it’s quite easy to make your own Thanksgiving wreath.

DIY Thanksgiving Basket Wreath by Twelve On Main

The DIY Thanksgiving Basket Wreath is one project you can do on your own or with your family. The first thing you need to do is to decorate a winnowing basket or any round shallow basket with a nice Thanksgiving message. This particular DIY project says, “Thankful.” Simple but meaningful, right?

Figure out where you want to write your message. You can do a light sketch with a pencil first. Then, use a Sharpie or paint to do your Thanksgiving message. It pays to have some calligraphy skills but if you write like a doctor, you can use a stencil and spray paint or craft paint.

Next, glue some faux fall flowers to the bottom part of the basket. Then glue a couple of burlap ribbons to the back of the basket. You’ll need this to hang your Thanksgiving wreath. If you don’t have any kind of ribbon, just use a string or twine. Though, the burlap ribbons make your wreath more appealing.



DIY Concrete Pumpkins

If you prefer a Thanksgiving decoration that would last for years, the DIY Concrete Pumpkins should do the trick. As the name implies, it’s made of concrete so you can use it for every Thanksgiving Day from here on out. Just be careful not to drop them and store them safely when not in use.

DIY Concrete Pumpkins by Sugar and Charm

To make this DIY Thanksgiving decoration, you’ll need silicone pumpkin molds, at least two different sizes, and shapable concrete clay. Prepare your concrete clay by mixing it in a bucket. Wear gloves so it’d be easier for you to clean up.

Pour the mixture into the pumpkin molds and leave it to dry for 1 or 2 days. Once done, carefully separate the concrete from the molds. A concrete pumpkin already looks good on its own though you can paint it in whatever color you like. Use acrylic enamel if you plan to use them inside and outside your home. Epoxy paint is best suited for indoor concrete statues.


Reversible Wood Slice Pumpkins and Snowman

Do you get tired of setting up the same Thanksgiving decorations year after year? It’s great if you have the talent and imagination to reinvent the decorations you already have. If not, just make something that looks different from different angles.

Reversible Wood Slice Pumpkins and Snowman by The Craft Patch

The Reversible Wood Slice Pumpkins and Snowman by The Craft Patch is two decors in one. Use the pumpkin side for fall or Thanksgiving Day and the snowman side when Christmas comes along. You can make numerous ones with different versions depending on the event or holiday. This is sure to be a fun DIY project for the whole family.

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To make this one, you need four wood slices. One will be used as the base while the other three should be in different sizes (small, medium, and large). On one side, paint the center circle of each wood slice with orange craft paint. Wait for it to dry then paint the other side’s inner circles white.

Once that side is dry, arrange the wood slices from smallest at the top to largest at the bottom. It should look as a snowman would normally do. Then mark the points where the wood slices meet. Make sure the marked points form an imaginary straight line to make sure your Thanksgiving Day-slash-Christmas decor will stand up properly.

Things get a little more complicated here but only if you don’t know how to use a drill. It’s good to learn this skill so try doing this step yourself but with guidance from someone who already knows how. To be further on the safe side, wear goggles and work gloves. Also, secure the wood slice with a clamp before drilling a hole on them.

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The hole you’ll be drilling should be the same size as the wooden dowel. You’ll need the dowel to keep the wood slices together. Use the right drill bit to make sure the holes are not too small or too wide.

Once you’re done drilling, place the ends of the dowel into the holes. For the base, drill a 2-inch screw from the bottom of the base all the way up to the bottom side of the largest wood slice.

Use wood glue on the dowels if you want the pieces to be permanently attached to each other.  If you prefer, you can skip the glue and dismantle the thing when the season’s over. This will make it easier to store your DIY decoration.

Glue a pumpkin stem to the top of the topmost wood slice. Then summon your inner Bob Ross and paint the details on your wooden pumpkins. Glue fake fall leaves to complete the fall look.

Once the paint and glue are dry, turn it around and paint the snowman’s face and buttons. Come Christmas, add a top hat and a red scarf on your wooden snowman. Watch this video to learn one of the easier ways to make a snowman’s top hat.



DIY Black & White Fall Inspired Pillow

DIY Black & White Fall Inspired Pillow by The Crafted Sparrow

This DIY Thanksgiving decoration is not only perfect for setting the mood in your home, but it’s also a great gift to give your friends and family. This may seem like a complicated DIY project but it should only take about 10 minutes as long as you have the Cricut Maker or Cricut Explore Air 2 and the new Cricut EasyPress 2.

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These Cricut machines are not entirely cheap but they’re pretty good investments for people who love arts and crafts. You can make plenty of amazing stuff for different occasions that you can sell or give out as presents.



The DIY Black & White Fall Inspired Pillow by The Crafted Sparrow, for one, is a simple yet aesthetically pleasing Thanksgiving Day decor that you can make with these Cricut products. To make this handmade Thanksgiving project, you need to decide and make the design first.

Choose or create your design from the many fonts and images offered. This one used a simple “Hey There Pumpkin” phrase in a beautiful font or typeface. The next step is to cut your design using your Cricut machine. You’ll also be using Cricut Everyday Iron-On as your cutting material so be sure you choose this option from the list.

Remove the excess iron-on with a weeding tool once the machine is done cutting. Use the Cricut weeder if you have one. Next, prepare your plain black pillow cover by smoothening its surface with an iron or the Cricut EasyPress 2. Use the EasyPress Mat for better results.

Center your chosen image design on the pillow cover then place the EasyPress 2 over it for 30 seconds. This should be enough time for the design to adhere to the surface.

Wait for it to cool completely before removing the plastic carrier sheet. The design may stretch, warp or bubble if you do a warm peel. It’s best to check with the product you’re using to see if you have to do a cold or warm peel.



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You’ll never run out of DIY Thanksgiving decoration ideas. Aside from the thousands of DIY projects that are available online, you can also squeeze out your creative juices and design your own Thanksgiving Day decor. You can also check out Gentleman Pirate Club to discover more enjoyable and fulfilling DIY projects. We’ve got something for homesteaders, craft artists, hobbyists, and people who just want something fun to do with their friends and family.


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