Fall is the perfect time to get creative with your decorations and tablescapes. With a few basic supplies, you can make lovely (and affordable!) centerpieces and place settings for your Thanksgiving table. Here are a dozen of my favorite DIYs that have both traditional and contemporary appeal.
The chalkboard table runner is a versatile project for the holidays or any season for that matter. Customize the wood piece to your table size, use as a centerpiece or for serving. Add your own hand-drawn touches around your holiday accessories, candles, or write a special message to your guests. When you are ready for a change, wipe it right off! Match your décor theme perfectly with this simple and stylish addition to your table setting.
Bibbity-bobidi-boo - up-cycle an old book into a cute paper pumpkin. The hardest part of this project is cutting up the book, but don’t fret it will be happy with its new life as a pumpkin. Make several in different sizes to arrange together; larger ones can stand alone as a centerpiece.
With a trick of the eye, this paper table runner can look like an expensive fabric piece and you won’t worry about the spills. Using paper instead of cloth can help with the after dinner cleanup, and even small things are a big help after a long day in the kitchen. Make it with plain white butcher paper then jazz it up with a few simple stencils and some gold leaf acrylic paint. Instant elegance to match the instant potatoes (shhhhh)!
So you forgot to make a centerpiece for the table. That's no problem with this great 5 minute idea. Gather some seasonal items you may already have around the house and place them on the table. Done. Need more help than that, check out the link for a list of supplies and arrangement ideas to make the Fruit and Flora centerpiece.
Arrange a fall theme for each plate, starting with an awesome felt leaf placement. Simply stylish and easy to make, the tutorial includes a template. Choose a colour to match your table theme, dinnerware, or stick with green. Either way these will look fantastic and charming. Continue the project to the table setting and give each guest the opportunity to count their blessings together.
Thanksgiving is about the harvest, the bounty, sharing food and friendship with people you love. Mirror that sentiment with these cute cornucopia place settings. The paper weave adds a really great down-home feel to the project and works well if you have wee ones to help you out. Fill the cone with your favourite treats or small keepsake for your guests.
Ditch the tired tent-folded place cards and try something a little different. Personalize with each guest’s name and give a few lines to prepare for the “what I’m thankful for” announcements. Twist tradition by writing a special message for guests about why you are thankful for having them in your life.
Bring the warmth of fall colours to your table by making this cute and easy table runner. A simple and versatile design, use a scrap of fabric or try some burlap. Change the length and width to suit your table easily. Glue to leaves on orderly for a neat and tidy look, or scatter them for a more whimsical flair.
Two classics come together for a contemporary centrepiece. The inexpensive mason jars and vase get a new look with trendy burlap and other rustic outdoor accents. The paper flowers add charm and outdoor finds of sticks and acorns lend natural touches. The glass doubles so well as candle holders and the different heights have great visual interest.