60 Thanksgiving Decoration Ideas That’ll Make Turkey Day Picture Perfect
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60 Thanksgiving Decoration Ideas That’ll Make Turkey Day Picture Perfect

Now that Halloween is over, Thanksgiving and Friendsgiving are fast approaching, so if you haven’t yet started dreaming up an Instagram-worthy tablescape, now is the time. Once you’ve picked the perfect bottle of wine to pair with your turkey and printed off the Ultimate Thanksgiving Checklist, all you need to do is put the finishing touches on setting your Thanksgiving table! From easy fall place cards to non-floral centerpieces and chic calligraphed menus, here are 60 easy decor DIYs that’ll make your table feel festive AF in no time.

1. DIY Pom-Pom Placemats: Skip the tablecloth (AKA drip catcher) this year and hack IKEA’s white placemats instead. Grab a string of pom-pom trim and add some serious flair to your tablescape with these placemats, napkin rings and a mini pocket for a printable “I’m thankful for…” card. (via Brit + Co)

2. Gourd-gous Centerpiece: Sometimes the best centerpiece is the most simple one. Take a few pieces straight from the kitchen and line the center of your table with pomegranate halves, slices of oranges, pears and figs. (via Sugar & Cloth)

3. Word Balloon Backdrop: Letter balloons might have been a huge hit for summer parties, but they’re not going anywhere now that the weather is getting cooler. Copy this beautiful backdrop with garlands, paper pinwheels and giant gold letter balloons that’ll show up great in all your photos. (via A Beautiful Mess)

4. DIY Throwback Thanksgiving: You’ll never settle for a boring old veggie cornucopia again once you’ve done a disco ball one. Spray paint a cornucopia basket the color of your choice, then grab disco balls of all sizes and use glue dots to attach them to each other. (via Studio DIY)

5. DIY Gradient Typography Serving Tray: One of the best parts of Thanksgiving is pie, duh. Give that crusty goodness a serving tray of its own with this adorable pie serving tray. With a tie-dye inspired ombre and a bit of typography, this DIY tray is the perf addition to all your Thanksgiving celebrations. (via A Kailo Chic Life)

6. DIY Pumpkin Spice Cotton Candy: Obviously, the best kind of decor is the kind you can eat, right?? All your guests will love getting their fingers into this fluffy form of pumpkin pie, and it looks super pretty with the cinnamon swirls and a dash of sprinkles. (via Aww Sam)

7. DIY Gold Barware: Get ready — your bar cart is about to become the most popular place in the house, thanks to tasty options like cider cocktails and kombucha punch. Obvi, you’re going to want your bar cart to sparkle and shine, so give your glasses a glam makeover with gold stencil stickers for a super easy DIY. (via A Beautiful Mess)

8. DIY Ombre Mini Pumpkin Centerpiece: Sure, red and orange is a great Thanksgiving color palette, but sometimes it’s nice to add a burst of unexpected color to this traditional holiday. Gather up all your leftover mini pumpkins from Halloween and paint them in an ombre spectrum ranging from yellow to neon pink. (via Oh Happy Day)

9. DIY Thanksgiving Banner: Give everyone a pretty reminder about the reason for the season. Garlands look best when they’re grouped and layered, so mix things up with a felt typography garland, a geometric shape garland and a string of pom-poms for good measure. (via Tell Love and Party)

10. Feather Bouquets: Feathers can go boho-chic or totally rustic, depending on how you style them. Upcycle a variety of vases and jars with pastel spray paint for a gorgeous non-floral arrangement option. (via Design Improvised)

11. DIY Modern Geometric Thanksgiving Table: Skip the dusty hues this year and go for something a little more colorful. Decorate your Thanksgiving table with two main themes: geometric and bright colors. Everything in this DIY but the balloons and flowers can be made with a Cricut machine (or a steady hand with a pair of scissors)! (via Bespoke Bride)

12. DIY Rose Gold Bar Cart: Whether you’re hosting Friendsgiving or looking for a way to impress your in-laws, this rose gold bar cart will immediately add some sparkle to any Thanksgiving party. Stock up on metallic bar accessories and steal these tasty recipes ASAP. (via Brit + Co)

13. DIY Pumpkin Pie Slice Hat: Who says the table has to be the only thing that gets decorated this year? Whip up a few of these adorable pie slices and you’ve got all the ingredients you need for a hilarious Thanksgiving-themed photo shoot. (via Studio DIY)

14. DIY Serving Bowls: Every bowl you own is about to be front and center, so make sure they’re lookin’ good. Deck out your serving bowls with vibrant pops of color and adorable patterns. Scoop some mashed potatoes into your newly designed bowls, and you’ve got yourself a real party. (via Brit + Co)

15. Mini Air Plant Wreath Place Card Favor: These mini air plant wreaths make adorable place cards and decoration. You could even send the air plants home with your friends as a party favor… along with a slice of pie, of course. (via Lovely Indeed)

16. DIY Thanksgiving Pie Topper: Forget the turkey — since pie is the real star of the show, dress it up a bit with this simple laurel-wreath topper. Choose a crepe paper color scheme that will match your decor vibe. Think: bright and colorful or sleek and modern. (via Julep)

17. DIY Calligraphy Placecards: When you’ve spent your whole budget on an organic turkey, decorating becomes more of an option than a necessity. However, you can still amp up your table settings with these chic calligraphy place cards that will totally wow all your guests. (via Brit + Co)

18. Tassel Garland: When in doubt, go for the garlands. They take almost no time to hang up, so you’ll have plenty of time left to work on your pecan pie and get that turkey just right. (via Homey Oh My)

19. Dark, Dramatic Table Setting: Thanksgiving decor doesn’t need a heavy hand; in fact, sometimes all it takes is a few key accessories to really nail the look. Copy this glam table with taper candles, simple leaf place settings and plenty of gold cutlery. (via Sarah Sherman Samuel)

20. DIY Printable Table Turkey: It’s all about that bird, and these DIY paper turkeys make great place cards and table decorations. Plus, they’re an easy enough craft that the kids can help make them while they’re waiting for dinner. (via Oh Happy Day)

21. DIY Printable Thanksgiving Placemats: Who’s feeling thankful? Give your friends and family a chance to write out what they’re grateful for with these printable placemats. Extra pie goes to anyone who’s grateful for the best hostess evah. (via Oh My Deer)

22. DIY Painted Acorn Garland: Deck the halls with mini acorns, fa la la la. This project is super easy, but it might take a little time to paint all those little guys. Obviously, you could always leave them au natural, but that pop of color makes them SO adorable. (via At Home in Love)

23. DIY Simple Leaf Napkin Rings: Round up a handful of leaves — or use fake ones — and grab a gold pen to write out chic place settings. The addition of agate and crystal pendants just makes these placecards that much more special. (via A Joyful Riot)

24. DIY Mini Cornucopia Table Cards: Armed with nothing more than two materials and a hot glue gun, you can whip out about eight of these in half an hour. Stuff them with succulents and you automatically win for having the cutest and most colorful table setting anyone has ever seen. (via Brit + Co)

25. Jewel-Toned Holiday Table: Break traditional table setting rules and think a bit differently: Forget the fancy (and expensive!) centerpiece and jump for a fresh garland instead. Use your favorite greenery and add small floral arrangements down the center of the table. Mix in a few pillar candles and you’re ready to eat. (via Apartment 34)

26. DIY Menu Pumpkin: Sure, everyone knows mashed potatoes and turkey are coming, but if you’ve really gone above and beyond with the Thanksgiving sides this year, you might want a menu. Pull out a white marker and use this menu pumpkin everywhere from the holiday-themed bar cart to the pie-heavy dessert table. (via The Merrythought)

27. DIY Stamped Feather Place Cards: Using feathers as part of the table setting is a fun way to incorporate nature into your decor. It wouldn’t be right without some color, and these pink feathers look totally hot with gold cutlery and a jewel-toned floral arrangement. (via PBteen)

28. Leaf Chandelier: Ready to make your Thanksgiving table totally Instagram-worthy? String real or faux leaves on very thin fishing line to create the illusion that the leaves are falling from the sky. (via The Style Files)

29. DIY Himmeli Floral Mobiles: While you’re thinking of things to hang from the ceiling, add a couple of these to your “to-make” list. Clustered together and covered in fresh flowers or leaves, these mobiles make a statement centerpiece that will leave your guests in awe. (via Brit + Co)

30. DIY Tassel Napkin Rings: Use gold bracelet blanks to make these chic napkin rings. Add a couple of colorful tassels, and you’ve practically got jewelry for your table. (via A Kailo Chic Life)

31. DIY Paper Pie Treat Boxes: Thanksgiving is a dream holiday for every pie lover, so it only makes sense to pay homage to dessert with this cute craft. Whip up a few of these pie-shaped treat boxes and use them as place settings or mini favor boxes. (via Damask Love)

32. DIY Pumpkin Vases: Succulents easily jump from season to season, and they’re totally down with decorating your Thanksgiving table. Use pumpkin carving tools to scoop out the center of your pumpkins, then place a succulent or air plant right in the middle. (via Brit + Co)

33. DIY Autumn Leaf Geronimo Balloons: This tutorial takes advantage of the gorgeous, vibrant, totally free supplies hanging just outside. Raid your yard for a good armful of autumn colors and thread them together on a string to make these gorg balloons. (via A Joyful Riot)

34. DIY Pie Boxes: It’s a gamble, but there MIGHT be pie leftovers, and you’ll want to make sure they all go to a good home. Print off these colorful labels onto sticker paper, fold up some paper boxes and get ready to hand out slices of happiness. (via Studio DIY)

35. DIY Paper Bag Popcorn Turkey: Everyone’s going to be jealous of the kids’ table when this paper popcorn turkey bursts open. Have an adult “carve” the turkey and let everyone munch on some popcorn before the main course is served. (via One Charming Party)

36. DIY Fall Leaf Wreath: If you live somewhere that’s more tropical than autumnal, don’t despair: You can still bring fall leaves into your Thanksgiving decor with this quick and easy DIY wreath. Short on time? Pick up a pack or two of pre-cut felt leaves to make this project extra fast. (via Design Improvised)

37. DIY Minimal Thanksgiving Banners: Every home could use a few more affirmations on the wall, and Thanksgiving is the perfect opportunity to hang a chic banner featuring a positive message. The minimal look means that this banner will look right at home between pumpkins and football. (via Francois et Moi)

38. DIY Printable Tags: These sweet tags take the stress out of decorating, as they add a personalized touch to your tablescape and you can make them in just a few minutes. This printable has four font options, and you can print the tags on kraft paper or colored paper for a color-coordinated display. (via For the Makers)

39. DIY Thanksgiving Garland: Grab a pick of cardboard letters at your favorite craft store and this garland is a breeze to make. Cover the front with crafting glue and gold glitter, and attach each letter to a strand of rope with a staple gun. The best part? It’s easy to make, easy to take down and you can totes reuse it next year. (via A Beautiful Mess)

40. DIY No-Sew Braided Yarn Napkin Rings: Napkin rings are especially useful because of all the goodies you can tuck into them. Plus, the addition of plush peach fiber brings a softness to the table that definitely deserves an Instagram shot or 10. (via Flax and Twine)

41. DIY Leaf Photo Display: Once you’ve roasted the perfect turkey, decorated a chic AF table and posed in some silly Thanksgiving costumes, you’re guaranteed to have a few photos you want to hang up on the fridge. DIY this leaf and photo garland and get those fave snaps off your Insta feed ASAP. (via Kireei)

42. DIY Painted String Lights: Pretty string lights, good; ugly green wiring, bad. Fix that lighting problem with this brilliant solution that’ll have you spray painting every set of string lights you own. (via The Merrythought)

43. DIY Clay Candle Holders: Looking for an easy way to add some candlelight to your table? Air dry clay to the rescue. These little candle holders are such a great fall decor idea, and they’re perfect favors for Friendsgiving. (via Brit + Co)

44. DIY Turkey Leg Balloons: Watch out: Once you make these balloons, you’re going to be craving Thanksgiving food like crazy. Take a brown balloon and turn it into a turkey leg for a cool piece of decor that’ll delight the kiddos AND the adults. (via Aww Sam)

45. DIY Cornucopia Piñata: Because everyone’s grateful for candy, duh. Get your paper mache game on and craft a perfectly fringed paper cornucopia that you can fill up with all your favorite treats and goodies. (via Brit + Co)

46. DIY Simple Thanksgiving Place Setting: Sometimes the best decorating intentions go down the drain, especially when you’re rushing to put food on the table. If you’re feeling pinched for time, just disassemble a grocery store bouquet and deck out each place setting with fresh greenery for an elegant look that won’t let you down. (via Julep)

47. DIY Splatter Napkin Rings: Napkin rings are one of those things that you don’t use very often, but when you do, they make such a difference. Dressing up your table doesn’t have to be an elaborate amount of work, especially when you make your own rings out of clay and a splash of paint. Psst, these would also be a great hostess gift! (via A Beautiful Mess)

48. Pastel Thanksgiving Table: Yep, you’re gonna want to pull out those bottle brush trees early this year, because they look totally awesome on a Thanksgiving table. This year you’re serving turkey with a side of pastels. (via Sugar & Cloth)

49. DIY Copper Glass Hurricanes: A single terrarium is cool on its own, but when you scatter several down the center of the table, it can be pretty breathtaking. Save yourself mega bucks by making your own with this DIY that teaches you how to solder with confidence. (via Brit + Co)

50. Paper Leaf Table Runners: If you collect to-do lists like it’s your job, there is a good chance you already have everything you need to make this table runner. Leave pens at the table and let your guests write what they’re thankful for on each leaf. (via Momtastic)

51. DIY Thanksgiving Cake Toppers: Take your love of Thanksgiving food to the next level. Literally. Oh, and yes, these DIY cake toppers are absolutely edible. (via Alana Jones-Mann)

52. DIY Thanksgiving Day Hat: Now you can eat your turkey and wear it too. But not in the whoops-I-spilled-gravy-down-my-blouse way — in a hat version that is ridiculous and awesome all at the same time. (via The House That Lars Built)

53. DIY Pie Stand: Doesn’t matter if you’re team pie or team cake: This stylish stand needs to be at your Thanksgiving dinner buffet. Put a DIY spin on plain white pie stands and display your prize-winning desserts in style. (via Brit + Co)

54. Leafy Lighting: Get inspired by this lovely dining space and hang some faux autumn leaves from the ceiling. This looks awesome if you have higher ceilings or you’re renting and looking for a creative way to hide an ugly lighting fixture. (via A Beautiful Mess)

55. DIY IKEA Cornucopia Hack: Betcha can’t guess what IKEA item was hacked to make this rad cornucopia. If you guessed lampshade, you’re totally right, and you get an extra slice of pie. Follow this tutorial to turn a cardboard lampshade into a Thanksgiving cornucopia. (via Brit + Co)

56. DIY Confetti Stuffed Turkey: Okay, the only thing better than real turkey is one filled with confetti. If getting your hands covered in turkey guts isn’t really your thing, craft a paper one and fill it up with tons of confetti. (via Studio DIY)

57. DIY Confetti Cannon: While you’ve got the confetti out… and before your turkey coma takes over completely, hand out these confetti cannons to all your friends and family. BOOM, you’ve just won at Thanksgiving. (via Brit + Co)

58. DIY Painted Pinecone Table Runner: Prep for your Thanksgiving feast with a totally unique — and colorful — pinecone centerpiece. Pastel painted pinecones look super pretty, and after Thanksgiving is over, the pine cones will work just as well as Christmas decor on your mantel or coffee table. (via A Subtle Revelry)

59. DIY Thanksgiving Balloons: Keep the Thanksgiving puns floating high with these cheeky holiday balloons. This easy balloon DIY is perfect for decorating the Thanksgiving buffet or as a prop for a Friendsgiving photo booth. (via Studio DIY)

60. DIY Succulent Place Settings: You want your guests to feel special from the moment they arrive, so make these personalized place settings that include a little gift, like a succulent or a Burt’s Bees chapstick. Because “Bee Thankful” is the best pun for a Thanksgiving-themed gift. (via Brit + Co)

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