Simple & Creative DIY Thanksgiving Decorations

I have always loved Thanksgiving, but I have come to love it more and more as an adult. I now appreciate all the tradition and effort that goes into this day of family and food. I now love to contribute to it through food and decor of my own. If your family is like mine, we keep our Thanksgiving decorations and display them up for years to come. If you want to begin this tradition or just add a few more items to your collection, I have found a few lovely DIY Thanksgiving decorations to help you do just that in an easy a festive and easy way.

For Hanging

Thanksgiving Corn Wreath

Dress up your front door easily with this colorful corn wreath. Its harvest feel is not only perfect for Thanksgiving, but for the entire autumn season. You can find the easy tutorial at Stone Gable.

fall wheat wreathIf you want a simpler wreath, this wheat wreath may be for you. It has a harvest feel to it, but with less dramatic color than the corn wreath. It may work more easily with your door or wall depending on the color. You can find the easy tutorial at Finding Home.

DIY Thanksgiving pumpkin wreath

This DIY pumpkin wreath is great for Thanksgiving and all of autumn. Get the tutorial {and other lovely tutorials} over at Sutton Place.

fall leaf mobile

This fall leaf mobile from Happiness is Homemade is a beautiful craft that you can hang up for years to come. It take a bit of work, but the end result is beautiful and it is a craft that kids will want to make as well.

thanksgiving glitter leaves bunting

For a shinier look, try this glittering leaf garland from 6th Street Design. It is made with fake leaves, so you can create this wherever you live.

diy leaf garland

For a mix of natural and manmade, try this bunting highlighting the changing colors of the season against book pages. Simple as That has the complete tutorial from pressing the leaves to stringing the pages together.

fall pinecone garland

With a few pinecones {real or fake}, some ribbon and a few clips of your choice, you can make this beautiful pinecone garland. You can also add a scent to the pinecones using the tutorial below.

diy pinecone decoration on lamp post

With wire, burlap and a few pinecones, you can make this gorgeous pinecone hanger as apart of your DIY Thanksgiving decorations. It also makes for a great autumn and winter decoration.



A floating apple candle vase makes for a festive centerpiece or a welcoming front door decoration. Just choose a vase and cut a hole in the tops of a few apples using either a knife or a spade drill bit to hold the votive candle securely. That is all there is to it. This is not only beautiful, it is also simple and it adds a rustic and homey feel to any space.

DIY fall gourd candle holdersLike the apple votive candle holders, these gourd candle holders can be made using a knife and/or a drill with a spade drill bit. They can be used as centerpieces for your Thanksgiving table or as festive touches around the home on side tables or window sills. Check out Revel Blog for the full tutorial.

diy thanksgiving leaf candle

This DIY leaf candle decor is as easy to make as it is lovely. This tutorial from That’s What Che Said uses fake leaves, string and some burlap if you so desire. They can be used for the entire autumn season, but are particularly festive for Thanksgiving.

diy mason jar leaf candle

You can make your Thanksgiving table or side table glow yellow, orange and red with these mason jar leaf candle holders. They are a simply and glowing reminder of the season. Spark & Chemistry gives a tutorial using mod podge, leaves {real or fake} and raffia for a finishing touch. Use scented candles to complete the autumn feel.

fall table centerpiece

This rustic Thanksgiving centerpiece is colorful, rustic and easy to make. For a complete tutorial, check out the Idea Room.

diy cinnamon candlesPeople often associate cinnamon with Christmas, but this should not be the case. Cinnamon goes with cranberry sauce, apple cider, sweet potatoes and of course, pumpkin pie. You can waft the sweet aroma of cinnamon throughout your home and have a beautiful decoration using this idea.

diy fall pumpkin candle holders

Pumpkins and cranberries are also staples of Thanksgiving and the smell of pumpkin is a must for Thanksgiving. Just use a knife or a drill with the proper size spade drill bit to create with pumpkin. Your can check out other pumpkin candles and more here.

popcorn vase candle holder

Corn is a traditional must for Thanksgiving. Although you may not want to eat it, you can still decorate with it. Try filling a hurricane vase with popcorn kernels for a simple yet beautiful look. You can add raffia for a finishing touch if you like. This and other corn-filled ideas can be found at Passionate Penny Pincher.


fall pumpkin vase

This pumpkin vase from Jenny Steffens shows just how to bring the colors of the season into your Thanksgiving centerpiece. We have decorated with pumpkins before this lovely vase is one of my absolute favorites. She has a fail-safe tutorial on her blog. Check it out to impress your friends and family.

diy book pages pumpkin fall craft

This pumpkin may look like it requires some work, but it is actually quite easy. It is also a fun Thanksgiving decoration for your kids to make. Check out Kids Activities Blog for the rundown on this Dollar Store craft.

fall canning ring pumpkin

If you are a canning fanatic like my mom, then you have dozens of canning jar rings lying around. If this is the case, find a bit of wire or string, cinnamon sticks and burlap and make this cute pumpkin. Yellow Bliss Road came up with this idea and I cannot say how much I love the simplicity and creativity of it.

autumn sweater pumpkinThese cute sweater pumpkins are almost too easy to make. With some fabric of your choice, filling and twine, you can have your own DIY pumpkin in a new minutes. I love these with a sweater design, which you can find on Jill Ruth, but she and many others have used other fabrics to make this such as sacks and flannel shirts.

diy fall wooden pumpkins decorationThis tutorial from Finding Home used wood salvaged from the home her grandfather built with his own hands. If that is not enough to make you swoon, then hopefully the end result of your crafting is. This decoration takes a bit more work, but it is something that you can use for years to come. Be sure to check out her lovely wooden wreath as well.

orange painted pumpkin wood slice

A Night Owl shows just how easy it is to make these cute wood slice pumpkins. And, with some chalkboard paint, you can turn these pumpkins into signs and spell out a message for the season for Thanksgiving Day.


diy gobble gobble sign

One of my favorite DIY Thanksgiving decorations from the Happy Tulip. It also uses repurposed wood to create some light-hearted, homey decor. I love the originality of the sign and the beautiful autumn colors.

diy give thanks blocks sign

This colorful and playful block sign can easily be made with some wooden blocks {which you can either buy or make} and some stenciled painting. It is also a fun project for the kids to join in on as well.

turkey stuffing pumpkin pie topiary thanksgiving decor

Soda Pop Avenue has a tutorial for this cute stackable box/block signs. Head over to her website for dimensions and instructions this and other stackable block crafts.

The Rest

diy autumn leaf bowl craft

Grab a fake leaf garland, mod podge and a bowl of your desired shape and you can make a festive autumn leaf bowl. It is perfect for laying out some candy, just like Hello Lucky did, for Thanksgiving guests. I love the natural-looking edges of it. Best of all, you can use it for years to come.

kids thankful tree craft

With just a branch, some string and paper, you can make a thankful tree for your kids or your entire family. This is a beautiful and thoughtful decoration and activity for Thanksgiving and a wonderful tradition to take up.

cinnamon pinecone tutorial

It is easier and cheaper than you think to make your own scented pinecones. Cinnamon is an aromatic spice of the season and it is a homey smell to have float through your home on Thanksgiving. It also makes for a great touch on pinecone crafts for the autumn and winter.

fall popsicle stick scarecrow fridge magnet craft

If you are searching for a craft to keep the kids occupied on Thanksgiving or if your kids want to get in on the decorating fun, help them make this popsicle stick scarecrow. This Girl’s Life Blog shows you how to do it.


Hope you find these tutorials useful in your DIY Thanksgiving decorations. If you make one, let us know. If you have suggestions for other crafts, let us know below as well.

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