60 Easy Thanksgiving Decorations That Will Impress Your Guests
The turkey may be the main event, but your decor really sets the tone for this heartwarming holiday.
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Cooking the perfect Thanksgiving meal is only half the battle when it comes to putting on a truly memorable turkey day celebration. If you really want to wow your guests, break out the craft knives and construction paper to make some festive Thanksgiving decorations. Not much of a DIYer? Not a problem! There’s plenty for you to buy so you can put together a seasonal display in a snap, whether you’re looking to spruce up your Thanksgiving table decor or deck your halls.
Whether your aesthetic is rustic, traditional, artsy, or somewhere in between, you’ll find a slew of picture-perfect (and affordable!) ideas on this list of 2021 Thanksgiving decorations. Even better? Some of these DIYs double as Thanksgiving crafts for the kids, and those projects will not only keep them busy—they’ll also create heartwarming memories and keepsakes in the process. If you get your family in on the action, crafting just may get added to your list of yearly Thanksgiving traditions. So, what are you waiting for? It’s time to get started because Thanksgiving will be here before you know it!
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Nothing quite says Thanksgiving like showing how thankful you are. So, in other words, nothing quite says Thanksgiving like these pumpkins!
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Leaf table runner
Felt autumn leaves + a warm Thanksgiving color palette = the perfect table runner for your turkey meal.
Berry napkin holder
Incorporating natural elements into your Thanksgiving table setting is as easy as picking some red berries from your backyard and using them as napkin holder decorations. Turn the collecting into a Thanksgiving game before the big day and get the kids in on the action!
Grab a bunch of colorful miniature gourds at your local pumpkin patch to create this simple yet sophisticated Thanksgiving decoration.
Sometimes the simpler, the better. Collect some autumn leaves from your backyard and arrange them in a glass Mason jar for a festive, fun, and super affordable table display. If you happen to live in the Northeast, try collecting them on a day trip while visiting the best places to see New England foliage.
White Thanksgiving pumpkin
For a more sophisticated and monochromatic take on Thanksgiving decorations, use white pumpkins. If you can’t find any, spray-paint regular pumpkins and attach “Happy Thanksgiving” cards to the stems. Here are more no-carve pumpkin ideas for the fall season.
Cornucopias are a staple when it comes to Thanksgiving decoration ideas. To recreate this classic, fill a wicker cornucopia with pumpkins, gourds, and apples. It’s the perfect centerpiece to talk across while discussing the history of Thanksgiving.
This wheat wreath is the perfect addition to rustic fall decor. The bright colors mixed in with the neutrals make it pop.
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Wildflower table setting
Wrap up an autumn-colored napkin with a matching wildflower for an extra festive table setting. Looking for cooking inspiration beyond the regular dishes? Try our ultimate Thanksgiving menu.
Thanksgiving light box
They say a picture is worth a thousand words. But sometimes, words are enough, especially when the words are “Happy Thanksgiving” (or perhaps even a funny Thanksgiving quote) and they’re being projected from a glowing light box.
Floral ball arrangement
This flower-filled pumpkin is picture-perfect—and surprisingly easy to make. Use it as a simple centerpiece or as an accent for an end table.
Cornucopia grapevine wreath
A cornucopia shaped like a wreath? That’s the ultimate two-in-one Thanksgiving decoration.
Rustic lighted vase display
Glass vases and natural elements make for an incredible autumnal decoration, starting on the first day of fall. Fairy lights can add a surprisingly elegant touch, too.
This is another piece that can be used as a decoration all season long. Stick some seasonal berries among the colorful leaves for even more pizzazz.
Orange pumpkin arrangement
Autumn flowers exploding out of an orange pumpkin? Sounds like the perfect Thanksgiving decor item to us! If you’re looking to buy some pretty blooms for yourself or as a hostess gift, these are the best online flower delivery services to order from.
Set the mood—simply! Hearty wood and tealights unite in this rustic decoration that you can buy on Etsy.
Pear name card
Pears get a new purpose with this DIY name card decoration. Simply attach personalized name cards to pears for a (literally!) sweet table setting.
Braided yarn napkins
These braided napkin rings are quick and easy to make, but they’re sure to impress your guests. The best part? No sewing required!
Ruffled burlap placemat
If you love a rustic aesthetic, you need these ruffled burlap placemats in your life—and on your holiday table. The best part? They can be reused even after Thanksgiving dinner is done.
“Gather” wooden sign
Thanksgiving is the time to gather friends, family, and loved ones together—and what better way to express that than with this simple wooden sign.
Turkey lollipop holder
Lollipops turn into a turkey’s feathers with this fun and funky Thanksgiving decoration. It’s sure to be a hit with kids and adults alike. While you can buy this little guy, you can surround him with Thanksgiving crafts that are easy enough for your little guys (and gals) to make.
Red berry wreath
You can’t go wrong with a red berry wreath to celebrate the holiday season. Add some small pine cones from your backyard to give this door wreath even more of a seasonal flair.
Garlands are the perfect decoration to hang over a mantel, fireplace, or even along a statement wall. This pumpkin-adorned one screams Thanksgiving.
Owl pumpkin centerpiece
This Thanksgiving-inspired pumpkin diorama adds a homemade touch to your decor—without requiring you to hand-make anything yourself. And can we talk about how cute these owls are?
Fall pampas hoop wreaths
These pampas hoop wreaths are the perfect mix of rustic and delicate.
Customized place cards
Make your guests feel extra special this Thanksgiving dinner with these customizable place cards. Whether you’re “thankful,” “blessed,” or “grateful” to have them in your life, be sure to let them know! You can also create these with your guests’ names. If you realize at the last minute that you’ve forgotten something, these are the stores that will be open on Thanksgiving this year.
Calling all book lovers! It’s time to read between the lines with this fall decor made out of old books.
Burlap is back—this time in wreath form. Embellish with silk flowers, mini pumpkins, berries, and/or twigs. Since this DIY barely takes any time at all, it will give you plenty of opportunity to brush up on your Thanksgiving trivia so you can impress your guests in a whole different way.
Pom-pom pumpkin wreath
Bibbidi-bobbidi-boo! These pom-poms get transformed into a pumpkin wreath in a few simple steps.
Pumpkin grapevine wreath
This pumpkin grapevine wreath is a surefire way to bring the colors and textures of fall into your holiday decorating scheme. All you need is a pumpkin wreath form, some nature-inspired elements, and a little ribbon.
Turkey mini pumpkins
Transform pumpkins into turkeys with this simple yet super fun Thanksgiving decoration idea. Bonus: It’s easy enough for kids but cute enough for adults. When it comes to the actual bird, here’s how to find the Thanksgiving turkey wishbone—and why we do it in the first place.
Marigolds are the quintessential fall flower. Celebrate those beauties this year by creating a marigold garland to string along your mantel or drape over a table.
Dried floral door decor
Dried flowers make for the perfect door decor, especially if you’re going for a more rustic look. After pressing and drying the flowers, bundle them together with ribbon to hang this pretty piece.
Thanksgiving Mason jars
Be thankful for how easy it is to make these lovely little Mason jars. A little paint, some stencils, and decorative wheat go a long way.
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Bring the outside in with this sweet pinecone garland. It’s the perfect subtle statement piece for any fall gathering.
Remind guests what Thanksgiving is all about with this fun thankful tree. Have friends and family write what they’re most thankful for with chalk markers for an always evolving decoration that also doubles as a great conversation starter. You might also want to start your meal with one of these Thanksgiving blessings.
Indian corn wreath
Indian corn is as beautiful as it is tasty. Rather than solely gobbling it up for your Thanksgiving meal, display its brilliant fall colors in wreath form on your front door.
Turkey tulle wreath
This playful take on a Thanksgiving wreath is sure to be a hit with both kids and parents. It’s turkey time!
“Thanks” bottle centerpiece
Giving thanks takes on a whole new meaning with these bottle centerpieces that spell out T-H-A-N-K-S.
Pumpkin candle holder
Turn a craft pumpkin into a candle holder for an elegant Thanksgiving decoration. Line your outdoor steps with a bunch, or use one or two as an accent piece indoors. Use LED ones to make this kid-safe.
Leaf Mason jar
Use Mod Podge and autumn leaves scavenged from your backyard to create these beautiful mosaic-like Mason jars. They give off the warmest, most welcoming glow.
Twine gets transformed into little pumpkins with this fun craft. These decorations are perfect to place on tabletops, mantels, or even counters. Take a picture of your creation and use one of the Thanksgiving captions to show it off to the world—or at least the world of Instagram.
Make a banner out of colorful doilies to celebrate turkey day. Let the kids go wild with a little paint and Mod Podge and you’ll end up with this surprisingly sweet decoration.
Leaves get another use this holiday season, though—spoiler alert—these are actually fake leaves that will hold up better during the crafting process and last longer. Use Mod Podge and a balloon to form the shape of a bowl.
Thanksgiving wine charms
For adults only: These cute Thanksgiving wine charms will make sure that everyone keeps track of their drinks, which is especially important these days.
These glam acorns are sure to make your holiday sparkle even brighter. Use the real deal or wood acorns from the store for a stunning look. Extra fine glitter makes it look extra elegant.
Autumn leaf fairy lights
Light up the night with these leafy fairy lights for the ultimate Thanksgiving glow.
Jar ring pumpkin
A pumpkin created out of jar rings? This is one DIY you’ll definitely want to display front and center.
Can’t bear to part with your succulents in the fall? You don’t have to! Stick these sturdy indoor plants in a woven cornucopia for a fun twist on the classic Thanksgiving decoration.
Sometimes, creating an overall tablescape theme for your turkey table is just as important as individual decorations. Watch how it all comes together with this easy DIY.
Pine cone turkey
Kids are sure to love this adorable pine cone turkey decoration. Place one at each seat at the kids’ table to score bonus points. Families will also love curling up on the couch together after the big meal to watch a warm and fuzzy Thanksgiving movie.
Fall foliage centerpiece
By the time you’re done with it, this fall foliage centerpiece will look like it was professionally crafted at a local nursery.
Here’s another way to reuse and repurpose: Succulents take center stage in this Thanksgiving centerpiece. Place your plants atop a pumpkin for a whimsical and elegant look.
Colored pencil wooden drink coasters
It’s time to let your creativity shine! To make these stunning colored pencil wooden drink coasters, you can use a stencil or free-form it if you’re feeling extra artistic.