14 Ideas for the Thanksgiving Table

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Use these craft ideas to decorate your Thanksgiving table.


  1. 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.
  2. Place burlap underneath your Thanksgiving rolls in the serving dish or bowl, letting a little come up at the sides.


  1. 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.
  2. 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

  1. Punch a hole in small pumpkins to serve as candleholders for your table.
  2. 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.
  3. Cut off the top of a bigger pumpkin to serve as a vase for an autumn bouquet.
  4. 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.
  5. Instead of place cards, write the names of dinner guests on tiny pumpkins or gourds.
  6. You can also crochet some squash and gourds with this free crochet pattern.

Seeds, Beans and Lentils

  1. 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.
  2. 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.

Autumn Fruit

  1. 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.
  2. 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.

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