Thanksgiving is upon us and it’s time to make the apartment feel like the cozy fall nest that we and all of our families deserve.
Revamp your Halloween Jack-o-lantern
So you spend hours carving intricate images into a pumpkin only to toss them after Halloween? Well, pump the brakes before you throw your Jack-o-lantern into the trash. You can set your old Halloween pumpkins on top of a bale of hay and put it out near your mailbox. Just turn them around so that the uncarved side is facing the street.
Not only does it look festive and decorative, but it prevents you from having to throw away your pumpkins after only a few weeks of use. Of course, if it has begun to rot or if you just want to, you can also buy a fresh pair of pumpkins.
DIY Thanksgiving wreath
Besides turkey, nothing says “fall” and “Thanksgiving” more than Flint corn (also known as Indian corn). If you are the crafty sort, you can decorate your front door with a DIY wreath made from corn cobs and corn husks. Check here for instructions and inspiration.
House Marker Pumpkin
Make sure your guests know where you live with a house marker pumpkin. You can leave the pumpkin as is or you can paint it white and write your house numbers on it in a pretty print. Place it out by your mailbox or on your doorstep.
Get creative with seating placement cards
If you have an extensive guest list for Thanksgiving dinner, consider setting out some decorative seating placement cards. These cards will be especially helpful if you plan on inviting friends and family members who don’t know each other well.
You can go outside and gather colorful leaves and write your guests’ names on it. Another idea is to get pinecones and place a small white card at the top with the name of your guests.
Make your own candles.
Candles and autumn just go together. Make your own by hollowing out the top of an apple and placing a tea candle inside. Not only will you have yourself a darling and unique candle, but you’ll have your home smelling like freshly baked apple pie.
“Tree of Thanks”
Not only does a Tree of Thanks make a rad decorative piece, but it also helps to hone in on the real meaning behind Thanksgiving; giving thanks.
Gather small twigs, and put them in a mason jar. Then, cut out round “leaves” on decorative paper. Use a hole puncher to make a small hole at the top of your “leaf,” and hang it on the twigs. Repeat until your tree looks full. For added pizzazz, tie some twine around the mouth of your mason jar.
You can even make a game of it after Thanksgiving dinner and have guests write something that they’re thankful for on each leaf.
Spice up your mantle
I love fireplaces, and there’s nothing quite like huddling around it on a cold autumn evening. Get your fireplace in the Thanksgiving mood by adding a cute basket filled with precut wood, placing some decorative pillows, and setting some painted pumpkins on it.
Make a candy corn wreath
Candy corn is delicious, but eating all the packets the kiddos got for Halloween is probably not the best way to put these traditional autumn candies to use.
Buy a small and simple wicker wreath from a craft store (or be creative and come up with your own body), and glue pieces of candy corn to create an artsy and delicious Thanksgiving decoration.
Glam up your candles
If DIY candles are not your thing, it doesn’t mean that you can’t glam up store-bought candles. Get a medium sized relatively narrow candle and drop it into a cylindrical vase. Fill the vase with corn kernels about halfway up. Super easy yet adorable.
Another smart décor idea for Thanksgiving is to purchase brightly colored leaves from the dollar store or craft store and glue them to the outside of your candles. You can also try using leaves from outdoors; just make sure that you don’t pick ones that are super dry as they will crumble when you try to glue them.
Decorate the TP
Yes, you heard right! Decorate your toilet paper for Thanksgiving. Get some orange, yellow, or other fall-looking tissue paper. Wrap a roll of toilet paper in the colored tissue paper. Then, roll a piece of brown tissue paper and stick it in the center as the pumpkin’s stem. Glue a green leaf near the stem, and there you have it – pumpkin toilet paper.
Arrange them artfully on your toilet’s tank for a touch your guests will remember.
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