Impress Your Guests with These Thanksgiving Decoration Ideas

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Are you in charge of the Thanksgiving feast decorations? No worries. There are lots of things you can do, quickly and easily, that will give your party the perfect feel, and if you can get out of cooking the turkey, why not? From the table top centerpieces to the wall décor, the following ideas should get you started on the way to impress your guests.

Personalized Pumpkins

What you need:

  • Pumpkin (or pumpkins, if you plan on making more than one)
  • X-ACTO knife
  • Gold metallic paint pen
  • Ruler
  • Pencil
  • Tape
  • Printout of an initial in a font you like


Cut out the letter with your X-ACTO knife, using the ruler to help you achieve a straight line and make it as precise as possible. Next, tape your letter to the pumpkin. Trace around the pumpkin with a sharp pencil to create an indentation for the outline of the letter. Fill in the letter with the paint pen.

Gold initial on pumpkin


Pumpkin Vases

Orange Pumpkin Vase with Fresh Flowers

What you need:

  • As many pumpkins as you want centerpieces, each about the size of a volleyball
  • Wildflowers, berries, twigs, or a mix of your favorite seasonal items
  • Carving knife


When you purchase your pumpkins, consider getting some in varying colors so that it mixes up the design a bit. Begin by carving a 4″ circle in the top of each pumpkin. Clean out the inside of the pumpkins entirely, scraping the edges to get out as much of the pumpkin guts as you can. You can remove the seeds and set them aside to toast them later. Arrange your flowers in the pumpkins, just as you would arrange them in a vase. Add water so the flowers stay crisp for the evening.

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White Pumpkin Vase with Ornamental Cabbages

What you need:

  •  As many pumpkins as you want centerpieces, about the size of a volleyball
  • Ornamental winter cabbages (any color you like or a variety of colors)
  • Carving knife


Follow the same carving procedure as above.  Arrange the cabbage bouquets as you would your flowers and add water to keep them fresh. *Optional: Place a small glass in the center of the pumpkin for a tighter bouquet. You can also add water to the glass to keep the cabbages fresher longer.

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Glass Vase with Pumpkins & Gourds

What you need

  • 5″ round x 24″ tall glass vases
  • A mixture of pumpkins and gourds to fit in the vases
  • 2″ fall-colored ribbon (optional)
  • Fall leaves

Purchase tall glass vases that are about 5″ around and 24″ tall. Purchase pumpkins and gourds that are small enough to fit inside the vases comfortably. Begin to stack the pumpkins and gourds inside the vases so that they create a color pattern (i.e. one white gourd, two orange pumpkins, one green gourd, one white gourd, etc.). You can either leave them that simple, or you can tie a 2″ fall-colored ribbon around each vase, creating a fun bow. Scatter some fall leaves (either real or silk) around the center of the table, and place each vase atop a pile of leaves.

Candle Centerpieces with Twine & Leaves

What you need:

  • 10 pillar candles with flat ends
  • Magnolia leaves
  • Hemp Twine


Group the candles together and hold them upright. Next, place the magnolia leaves around the candles and fix them in place with the hemp twine. Simply wrap the twine around the candles 5 times and then tie a bow. At your next Thanksgiving gathering, light your candles to enjoy some natural ambiance.

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Moss & Candles Glass Hurricane

What you need:

  • Glass hurricane
  • Taper candles (with flat ends)
  • Hemp twine
  • Magnolia leaves
  • Dried moss
  • A small object to set the candles up higher (we used a small glass jar)


Group the candles together and tie them with the hemp twine. It helps to lay out your string horizontally and then lay the candles flat on top of it to gather them together. Wrap the hemp twine around the candles 5 times before tying the bow. Sit the candles in the center of the glass hurricane and on top of your small glass jar. Hold them in place as you fill the sides of the hurricane with magnolia leaves and dried moss until the candles stay firmly erect on their own. Light the candles and enjoy the natural, seasonal ambiance this Thanksgiving centerpiece brings to the table!

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Thankful Pine Cones

Thanksgiving Place Cards

What you need:

  • Small pine cone
  • Recycled brown paper bags
  • Twine

These cute Thanksgiving decorations are very simple and make a great little craft for you to do with your toddler. Simply trace a leaf pattern onto the brown paper bag and cut it out. Write “Give Thanks” (or whatever you want your Thanksgiving message to be) onto the leaf and tie it onto the pine cone using twine.

Thankfulness Frame

What you need

  • (1) black 11″ x 14″ frame
  • Tan butcher paper
  • Black fine-tip marker
  • White acrylic paint

Purchase a black 11″x14″ frame. Using a piece of tan butcher paper, cut it down to 11″x14″ and write down (in your most beautiful handwriting, of course) everything that you are thankful for, using a black fine-tip marker. This could include the names of people who will attend your Thanksgiving dinner, as well as concrete items, and perhaps even thoughts. Place it in the frame and secure the back. Before you hang it, either paint with white acrylic paint, or adhere white vinyl letters that say, “I am Thankful” to the front of the glass. Make the words large enough to cover the surface of the glass, but thin enough to still be able to read what you are thankful for behind the glass. Tie a festive Thanksgiving bow around the bottom of the frame.

Gobble Banner

Gobble Thanksgiving Banner

What you need

Using burlap, cut out six equilateral triangles with 9″ sides. Cut a piece of jute twine that is 6 feet long and mark the center with a pin. Lay the twine on the ground (or a long table) and lay three triangles on each side of the center point so that they are centered. Leaving a ½” between them, staple each triangle to the twine with a flat side against the twine and a point pointing downward. Put one staple in each top corner. Write the word “GOBBLE” on the banner with a black permanent marker (or print out this 11×17 page Gobble template) so that each triangle contains one letter. When it is dry, you can hang it by tying the ends to pieces of furniture, or simply by tacking it into the wall.

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