Use these craft ideas to decorate your Thanksgiving table.
- Pick up simple burlap from the garden center (the burlap with the looser weave looks better) and use it to create a table runner, place mats, or a table cloth. The edges can be kept a little frayed for a rustic look great for autumn gathering.
- Place burlap underneath your Thanksgiving rolls in the serving dish or bowl, letting a little come up at the sides.
- For a nice table decoration, fill vases or, better yet, tall glassware with colorful leaves of the season. Dry the leaves between sheets of paper towel before using.
- Take simple, clear votives and decoupage colorful leaves to the outside with your preferred adhesive (mod podge would work great), or for an easier shortcut, just tie them on with a bit of twine.
Pumpkins and Gourds
- Punch a hole in small pumpkins to serve as candleholders for your table.
- Turn a craft gourd and foam filled into a fun Thanksgiving turkey with colorful foam feathers. This turkey makes for a fun craft for kids.
- Cut off the top of a bigger pumpkin to serve as a vase for an autumn bouquet.
- Paint a band of strong adhesive around the middle of a pumpkin (or candle) or use double-sided tape. Roll the pumpkin in an assortment of dried beans or lentils for a decorative, autumn look.
- Instead of place cards, write the names of dinner guests on tiny pumpkins or gourds.
- You can also crochet some squash and gourds with this free crochet pattern.
Seeds, Beans and Lentils
- You can also use those lentils as a kind of candle-holder. Fill a shallow bowl with different colored lentils, and nestle short candles into the lentils.
- Take foam balls and coat with glue. Roll in the seeds, beans, or lentils. For different ideas for these “natural ornaments,” see this project. You can display in a shallow bowl on the table instead of hanging.
- Pomegranates and cranberries are wonderful additions to a fall spread. Fill a tall, clear vase with fresh cranberries. You can add branches, bark, or cinnamon sticks.
- Fill a fewer shorter vases only with cranberries and water, and float candles on top.
Don’t forget to check out the Thanksgiving Turkey Time Aprons project.