10 Budget-Friendly Thanksgiving Decor Ideas

Event Planning, Living & Spending, Shopping Savings
on November 18, 2015
The Merry Thought

With Halloween season come and gone, it’s long past time to box up those witch window decals and faux cobwebs and replace candy corn with cornucopias. The good news? There’s no shortage of creative décor projects geared toward making your home Turkey Day-ready—without breaking the bank in the process. We’ve rounded up 10 budget-friendly Thanksgiving DIY decor tutorials to get your wheels spinning.

Falling Leaves Garland

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Pretty My Party

This easy-to-assemble, glittery garland strand is perfect for decorating an empty wall or complementing a mantelpiece arrangement. If you’re looking for an even cheaper and more timely spin on this project, gather up the family and find the best-looking leaves from your yard outside. A little glitter spray, and you’re in business.

Mini Pumpkin Candle Votives

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The Happier Homemaker

Looking for a great way to repurporse all those Halloween pumpkins? Cluster them on the dinner table or scatter them on end tables and countertops around the house—either way, these mini pumpkin candle votives are a stress-free, inexpensive way to maximize seasonal themes in a beautifully minimal way.

If you’ve had your fill of pumpkin décor, try these DIY black lace votives.

Canning Jar Ring Decorative Pumpkin

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Yellow Bliss Road

For an adorable, unique way to liven up your holiday space (while being mindful of resources), try this no-fuss, easily customizable metal pumpkin decorative piece.

DIY Bias Tape Table Runner

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Pretty Prudent

Every Thanksgiving table needs a good, sturdy table runner, and this tutorial for making your own using customizable bias tape allows for an extra personal touch. Choose any combination of fabrics you want for your color scheme.

For an even more interactive scheme, try this chalkboard tutorial and let everyone write out what they’re thankful for!

Gourd Vases

budget thanksgiving decor

The Merrythought

Flowers are always a great pick for sprucing up a table in your home, and these gourd vases, hollowed out and filled with water, add the perfect seasonal touch to really make your arrangement pop. Explore your local markets (or even your backyard) for inexpensive flowers and greenery—a little goes a long way.

Felt Acorn Napkin Rings

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To achieve a fancier approach to table setting this year, fashion together a group of these no-hassle napkin rings, fastened with felt acorns for a festive fall touch.

Autumn Wreath with Felt Rosettes

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Crafting Mom

Welcome your Thanksgiving dinner guests into the house with a homemade wreath intertwined with all the best fall colors and textures. But don’t limit this piece to the front of your door—fall wreaths make for great mantle and wall hangings.

No-Sew Burlap Cornucopia

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Confessions of a Plate Addict

For the ultimate classic table centerpiece, fill up this no-sew burlap cornucopia with your favorite fall produce.

Thankful Tree

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Simply Vintage Girl

Place this crafty tree in the room in your house that receives the most traffic, allowing those who come and go to write down what they’re thankful for on a chalkboard ornament and hang it up. Fill it up in the days leading up to Thanksgiving, or on Turkey Day itself.

Chalkboard Painted Chargers

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Mendez Manor

Decorate everyone’s place settings with chalkboard-painted plate chargers, and write down the afternoon’s dinner menu for a cute and classy edge (on the cheap).

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