During Thanksgiving, our displays are usually centered in our dining room, where we make sure that the table setting is as gorgeous as the food. This year, extend your Thanksgiving decor to the rest of the house and give your guests a special welcome for the holiday! Whether it’s a simple leaf garland or an intricate leaf wreath, these DIY ideas are perfect for decorating your entire home for Thanksgiving.
This project from Carina Gardner is a simple yet festive way of expressing gratitude without taking up much space. Let the kids trace and cut out different kinds of leaves on construction paper, and write their messages or thankful thoughts on the leaves. Afterwards, choose a space where you’d like to hang your banners, and have clothespins ready for hanging the leaves! If you’re having guests over for Thanksgiving dinner, have a few blank leaves available and have them write their messages to add to the banner. Place your Thanksgiving banner along your mantel or as a focal point in the family room.
Create a special space where you and your guests can express how thankful you are this year with this Thankful Tree from Simply Vintage Girl. For this project, buy or make your own wooden chalkboard tags using wood slices and chalkboard paint. Gather some twigs or sticks, and place them inside a glass jar or vase, and fill the jar with assorted nuts or garden pebbles, arranging your twigs to make them stand upright. Let the entire family write what they are thankful for on the tags, and then hang those tags on the tree as ornaments. You can then display your Thankful Tree in the corner of the dining room, on your mantel, family room, or even the dining room.
If you’re looking for a Thanksgiving display with a bit of glitz, check out this DIY project from Simple Stylings. Purchase a bag of goose feathers, and attach each feather to a piece of string with hot glue. Afterwards, use thick paper or cardboard to mark the area of the feather you want to spray paint. After drying, display them along your mantel, hallway, or wall, or combine with miniature pumpkins for charming Thanksgiving décor.
This paper feather wreath from Craft Berry Bush may take more time, but it’s easy to make and the results will be well worth it—a non-traditional wreath that looks sleek and chic. You’ll need thick paper stock for this project to get the creases and folds to look more feather-like. And if you want to add more flair to your feathers, paint them in your desired colors. Afterwards, use hot glue to attach the feathers to an embroidery hoop. Make sure that you arrange it randomly and use various sizes and textures to give your wreath more visual interest.
Add flowers for a natural and abundant piece for your Thanksgiving decor! I made this wreath using a grapevine wreath, some fall flowers, dried lotuses, and some cotton bolls. I topped it off with a huge chevron ribbon to complete the festive look! Check out the how-to here.
Combine any of these elements to create your Thanksgiving display! From garlands and wreaths to your very own Thanksgiving tree, you can express your gratitude while creating a warm and welcoming atmosphere in your home.
Jennifer Lutz is a home décor and design expert who provides home organization tips and home décor advice for ChristmasTreeMarket.com.