7 Thanksgiving Decorations That Don't Involve Pilgrim Hats Or Turkey Hands

by Sarah Bunton

Besides Pumpkin Spice Lattes and an excuse to eat as much as you want, the fall season has s lot to offer. Like, I don't know, Thanksgiving. There’s nothing quite like preparing your home for guests and looking forward to getting to spend time with your loved ones. Whether you want to get some truly awesome pictures for Instagram or you simply would like to bring the season into your house, pretty much everyone wants to have some Pinterest-level skills when it comes time to crafting Thanksgiving decorations.

Except not everyone is Martha Stewart nor does everybody have the time and expertise to craft an elaborate cornucopia centerpiece or table setting deserving of a spot in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. Intricate and expensive craft projects can also cause unnecessary stress during a time when you already have enough to deal with on your plate — both figuratively and literally. But you don’t necessarily want your house to scream “last minute store decorations” either. Don’t give up hope just yet, though. If you thought fun, unique, and creative Thanksgiving decorations weren’t going to be in the cards for you this season, think again. Check out these surprisingly easy and gorgeous options for Thanksgiving decorations _ not a Pilgrim ha tin sight.


Gold Dipped Pear Place Cards

What says "I'm a fancy adult" more than things dipped in gold? Nothing. Almost Makes Perfect has a phenomenally easy and cheap way to add a touch of opulence to your table setting with these gold dipped pear place cards. Using only five materials, this DIY decor is sure to be a hit come Thanksgiving.


Framed Recipe Kitchen Art

This is such a simple yet nostalgic piece to add some warmth to your home during Thanksgiving. Coordinately Yours' framed recipe kitchen art instantly takes your decor to a sophisticated space. Highlighting a treasured family recipe with autumnal accents is a great addition.


3-D Acorn Art

Proving Thanksgiving doesn't need to involve turkey or pilgrims, this 3-D acorn art from Delia Creates still captures the mood of the season. Not only is this ridiculously cheap to make, but you can use it for more than just the holiday.


Pallet Wall Art

From flea markets to home improvement stores and more, pallets are relatively cheap and easy to come by and they make a great canvas, too. Pitter and Glink's DIY pallet wall art is a quick way to give your mantel a Thanksgiving makeover.


Gold Leaf Cocktail Napkins

Whether for Thanksgiving or any other holiday get-together, Almost Makes Perfect's gold leaf cocktail napkins give you a bit of sparkle and are completely customizable. You only need three supplies: cocktail napkins, a metallic pen, and your imagination. These cute and clever napkins put the finishing touch on any party.


Thanksgiving Garland

If you want to really get into the spirit of things, check out this unbelievably foolproof Thanksgiving garland from A Beautiful Mess. You can pick up chipboard letters from pretty much any arts and crafts store and the possibilities are endless as far as the coloring and the message go. 


Book Page Pumpkins

If you're wondering what to do with leftover Halloween pumpkins or you have more gourds than you know what to do with, this is a great solution. Creative Green Living's book page pumpkins are every book lover's Thanksgiving dream. With a little Mod Podge and some pages from your favorite books, you can really personalize these fabulous fall decorations.

Images: Courtesy of A Beautiful Mess; Almost Makes Perfect; Julie Blanner; Delia Creates; Pitter and Glink; Almost Makes Perfect; A Beautiful Mess; Creative Green Living