21 Handmade Ways to Celebrate Thanksgiving

Fall and winter bring a bevy of holidays – no wonder it’s so many peoples favorite time of year! Halloween quickly gives way to Thanksgiving, which is pushed right out the door in order to make room for the biggies: Christmas and/or Hanukkah (depending on what you celebrate). But it doesn’t end there, as we then end with a bang for New Years Eve and, of course, celebrate a fresh start on New Years Day.

Right now, we’re gearing up for the foodies favorite – Thanksgiving. Growing up as the only vegetarian in my Southern family, I can’t say I was always over-exuberant about the holiday. I did, however, take great joy in decorating the house and celebrating in the spirit of thanks. This year, I am grateful for the time I spent working at Etsy – an amazing hub for handmade and vintage artists of all stripes and nationalities. I am also grateful for the opportunity to share so many of my amazing online finds and treasured artisan shops with the fine readers of Care2! This week, we’re sharing a collection of adorable handmade Thanksgiving decorations for your home. We hope the projects shown here spark some creativity in you, but if you’re going to buy – it’s always good to buy handmade. Happy Thanksgiving!


Handmade polymer clay pumpkins from Skye Art. Find more Thanksgiving home decor here!


Lampworks turkey earrings from MM Creative Creations. Find more Thanksgiving jewelry here!


Vintage silverware wall decoration from Spooner. Find more Thanksgiving wall decor here!

Letterpress place cards from Fat Bunny Press. Find more Thanksgiving paper goods & cards here!


Vintage, hand-stamped serving set from For Such a Time Designs. Find more Thanksgiving utencils here!


Burlap utensil holder for Thanksgiving place setting from 7 Southern Sisters. Find more Thanksgiving utencil holders here!

Baby girl turkey headband from Monkey Toes Hair Bows. If you have a boy or would just rather have a onesie, check out this cute find from Ella Lou Boutique. Find more Thanksgiving wares for kids here!


Felt acorn napkin ring from Tradewind Tiaras. Find more Thanksgiving napkin rings here!


Vintage style chenille ornaments from Stanely and Stewart.

Burlap “give thanks” pillows from The Beatnik. Find more Thanksgiving pillows here!


Interactive Thanksgiving countdown calendar from Mama Bakes Diaper Cakes.


Wall hanging from Pattis Primatives. Find more Thanksgiving wall hangings here!

Door hanger from Paint Me a Smile. Find more Thanksgiving door decorations here!


Thankful jar vinyl decal from Little Diddy. Find more Thanksgiving decals here!


“Gobble ’til you wobble” wine glasses from ML Stemware. Find more Thanksgiving glassware here!

Turkey dog collar from Apollo’s Closet. Find more Thanksgiving stuff for your dog here!


Pilgrim women’s apron from Imagin. Find more Thanksgiving aprons here!


Handmade table centerpiece from Oddsurd. Find more Thanksgiving centerpieces here!

Kitchen towel set from Stitched on the Avenue. Find more Thanksgiving towels here!


Chalkboard of thanks from Swanky Days. Find more Thanksgiving chalkboards here!



Tamara Mendelson
Tamara Mendelson5 years ago

so pretty, ill have to try them next time!

Kat K.
Kat K5 years ago

Great ideas~~thanks!!

Heather M
Heather Marvin5 years ago

I always see thanksgiving as giving thanks to God for all He has provided for us. As children I remember the harvest festival at Church, where we brought some canned foods, or fresh and it was given to those who were in greater need. I recall the hay that the farmers provided and the huge pumpkins etc. We sat on the hay and sang, it was special. I honestly really enjoyed this festival. In Australia we don't have thanksgiving day celebrated as a Nation but I think we should. It is always good to be thankful.

Aletta Kraan
Aletta Kraan5 years ago

Very nice , thanks !!!

Marie W.
Marie W5 years ago


John B.
John B5 years ago

Thanks for the article Jan, and the links too.

Gloria H.
Gloria H5 years ago

At last! Some really cool decorations NOT from China!!!!
Sure, designers can come up with great ideas, have stuff made there, and it's super cheap.

support local artists...it's classy...........unique..........good for America!

Nicole Weber
Nicole W5 years ago

nice, thanks

Cheryl I.
Past Member 5 years ago

Noted, thank you.

Debra G.
Missy G5 years ago