I was recently asked by my MOPS team to present some DIY Thanksgiving table decorating ideas, so I stayed up late the night before (in true hopefarm house-wife fashion) and came up with these creations. Since I started working on them after stores were closed I had to get really resourceful and use what was on hand – or what was laying in the front yard:)
1. Thanks Table-scape: Who knew you could carve the top off baby pumpkins and drop a tea light in there?! Next year I want to line my mantle with the illuminated pumpkins.
I made the banner by cutting out different colored triangles from felt and gluing them onto ivory colored ribbon. I spelled thanks using felt adhesive stickers. These stickers come in a pack at Michaels for $2.99 – use your 40% coupon and there is a fun crafting deal.
The banner was glued onto Lowes paint stirrers.
TIP: these free paint stirrers are great for crafting, especially when you paint them!
These tin cans were bought last summer at target dollar aisle, I stuffed the cans with floral foam and pushed the paint stirrers into the foam. The finishing touch was wrapping brown packing paper around the can to cover the foam. You could also use Mason jars for a cool look.
This decoration would also look neat on a mantle, window sill, or on a buffet.
Turkey Peas! Table-scape: This lovely hurricane vase was made for $2.00. I showed the MOPS ladies how to make these at a homemade gift demonstration back in October. I had an extra one and wanted to put it to good use.
The bottom part is a glass candlestick holder and a round vase from the dollar store. The two are glued together using gorilla glue. I added some split peas for a natural look, you could also use popcorn kernels or any dried beans.
The turkeys were a project I did with my boys. We cut out a beak, nose and head from felt and glued it on the pine cone and then attached googly eyes. The wings are made with fall colored pipe cleaners.
My kids LOVE pipe cleaners. They will spend hours making men out of them.
I bought these charger plate at Michaels for $1.99 each, later I saw them at Target for $1.49 each.
If your yard is anything like mine you have PLENTY of pine cones. I gathered a bucket full and painted them with fall colored acrylic paints. I glued the pine cones in a circle and made a small team banner using ivory burlap and attaching it to ribbon and securing on popsicle sticks. The sticks are glued into the pine cones.
A pumpkin spice candle from Michaels is lit in the middle for a scented warmth accent! This was my personal favorite table-scape:) Too bad I didn’t win it 🙂
The last table-scape was meant to be dressier for a formal table. I had a pack of assorted colored glitter glue from the dollar store. I was just getting started when the boys walked in and begged to help. I couldn’t say no to a crafting plea.
I let them have it and they glittered them up something fierce. The picture doesn’t show the sparkly extravagance.
The pine cones were wired together using floral wire and after they were glittered the boys glued sequins on them. The pine cone circle is sitting on a gold charger with a pumpkin spice candle in the middle. The candle lit illuminated the glitter and really was beautiful. Too bad I didn’t win this one either. Guess I’ll have to make another one!
I hope you are inspired to make something unique for your Thanksgiving table!