Thanksgiving Decorations: Simple Steps, Sensational Style
Table decorations provide a quick and easy way to set a festive scene for your Thanksgiving dinner. But maybe you don't want to spend a lot of money or take a lot of time to make these seasonal accent...
Making your own Thanksgiving wreath can not only save you some money, but it also lets you have fun creating a truly unique decorating piece. You can use this wreath beginning in September, right through Thanksgiving.
The basics you'll need are a grapevine wreath and a glue gun, which are both readily available at crafts stores. Once you have those, you'll need to decide how you'd like to decorate the wreath. Popular options are ribbon, pine cones, faux mini pumpkins or gourds, Indian corn and artifical flowers. Browsing the aisles at a crafts store will yield lots of ideas - and don't be afraid to use your imagination!
Once you've gathered all of the materials, find a large, flat working surface. Lay out all of the items so you can find them at a glance. Begin by gluing pumpkins, Indian corn, gourds, pine cones and such onto the grapevine wreath. If you are using flowers, tuck those into empty spaces. Remember, the more flowers or leaves you use, the fuller your wreath will look. If you want to use ribbon, add it to your wreath last. Tie it into a large bow and add glue from your glue gun to the back before adding it to your wreath. Now you're ready to enjoy it on your door or wall!
A cornucopia is always a timeless choice for Thanksgiving decorating. Simply purchase a simple cornucopia basket from a crafts store and then fill it with real fruits and gourds or plastic fruit and gourds, whichever you prefer. Try adding faux sugared grapes and fabric vines to complete the bountiful look.
Want to use a real pumpkin to create a centerpiece? It's easier than you might think! Simply cut the top off of a pumpkin and clean it out as you would when preparing a jack-o'-lantern. Let the pumpkin sit exposed to air for about 2 hours to dry. Soak floral foam in water and then place it inside the pumpkin. Now you can add real or artificial flowers by pushing the stems into the foam, trimming the stems first to the height you wish. If using real flowers, be sure to water and add plant food every other day.
Ga-Ga for Gourds
If you're looking for an easy way to decorate that draws on the beauty of nature, simply arrange mini gourds and pumpkins on a pretty tray and add a fragrant candle or two to the center
Pumpkin Place Cards
Place cards add a festive touch to Thanksgiving dinners. There are many ways to make these, but one of the fastest ways is to write each guests' name on a mini pumpkin. During the meal, these spunky place cards do double duty as decorations, and after the meal, each guest has a little memento to keep.
Even if you're on a tight budget or pressed for time, there are simple ways you can decorate your Thanksgiving table that will leave a lasting impression.
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