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Thanksgiving Tablescape: 5 DIY Decorations

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Thanksgiving Tablescape: 5 DIY Decorations

Are you hosting Thanksgiving dinner this year? Planning a beautiful Thanksgiving tablescape is a fun way to get creative and create a festive atmosphere for your guests. Check out our 5 DIY decoration ideas to make this Thanksgiving’s table extra special!

Of course, it’s quicker and easier to head to the party store and pick up pre-made decorations, but those store-bought centerpieces and table decorations come with a hefty footprint, both environmentally and socially. They’re often meant to be used once and then tossed, and like any other product that’s mass-produced overseas, there’s a decent chance that there were questionable labor practices involved.

Thanksgiving is all about gratitude and sharing what’s in your heart with your friends and family, so not only are handmade decorations better for the planet, but when you make even some of the decorations yourself, you’re adding a little piece of you to your holiday decor. That’s something you can’t put a price tag on.

The decorations on the next few pages are very simple, for the most part, although one does require some basic sewing skills. For that project, I’ll offer a no-sew alternative! Up next, check out some simple, all-natural centerpiece ideas!

Up next: Fall fruit centerpiece

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Becky Striepe

Becky Striepe is a freelance writer and vegan crafter living in Atlanta, Georgia. Her life’s mission is to make green crafting and vegan food accessible to everyone! Like this article? You can follow Becky on Twitter or find her on Facebook!


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4:00AM PDT on Aug 20, 2013

A time for showing gratitude

4:45PM PST on Nov 20, 2012


12:09PM PST on Nov 18, 2012

Becky all these crafty ideas are very thoughtful and decorative. I especially appreciate the Gratitude placecard which will be fun and inspiring. I plan to ask each family member to express their personal feeling of gratitude and make their own card before the dinner. Then everone will pick a card from a carved out gourd and place it on the table wherever they choose to sit. Then each person will 'show & tell' their card of gratitude!
My granddaughters always love to make their own 'personalized' creations. This is a culmination of a field trip for pine cones, a few chestnuts and assorted natural elements. I do not have a sewing machine anymore; however a needle and thread works wonders! I have always favoured organic vs synthetic and Thanksgiving is the perfect Holiday to layer all the elements.
Last but never least offering our individual donation to the Food Bank and including a homemade note of Happy Thanksgiving wishes : )

10:59AM PST on Nov 18, 2012

Thank you

8:45AM PST on Nov 18, 2012

thanks for these great tips!!!

9:30AM PST on Nov 17, 2012


7:36AM PST on Nov 17, 2012

Thanks...would be nice if people used their real china and not paper plates!

3:09PM PST on Nov 16, 2012

Please don't spoil the beautiful table decorations with a turkey corpse.

For those thinking of having a dead bird on the table, please go to the link below. I sincerely hope you will then reconsider.


2:30PM PST on Nov 14, 2012


8:46PM PST on Nov 13, 2012


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