Thanksgiving Decorating Ideas

On a tight budget this Thanksgiving? Why not make your own decorations and have your guests talking about your masterpieces!

Below are some creative ideas from to help you get your artistic side a chance to shine this holiday season!

Autumn Door Wreath ~ Pumpkin Centerpiece ~ Dried Wheat Bundles ~ Cranberry Centerpiece ~ Clay Coasters

Autumn Door Wreath

Material Required:
  • A thick cardboard
  • Dry twigs
  • Water color paints
  • Thick thread
  • A pair of scissors

1. Cut cardboard into an easy shape to form the word 'autumn'.
2. Paint and twigs can be used to form letters; paste them on the cardboard.
3. Sew the alphabets in a string.
4. Hang it on the door.

Pumpkin Centerpiece

Material Required:
  • A ripe and fat pumpkin.
  • Natural or colourful artificial vine (Available in shops).
  • Golden/Yellow silk ribbons.
  • Dried corn loops.

1. Swirl a natural or artificial vine around a fat, ripe pumpkin to form an instant and attractive centerpiece.
2. Add silk ribbons and dried corn loops. This will help give a festive look to the dining table.

Dried Wheat Bundles

Material Required:
  • Bundle of dry wheat
  • Dried cone sticks
  • Wooden bowl/crystal vase
  • Colourful satin ribbons
  • A pair of scissors

1. Take bundles of dried wheat and cut them in equal lengths.
2. Mix with dried cone sticks to form a beautiful bundle.
3. Tie the bundle with satin ribbons.
4. Let these bundles in either a wooden bowl or a crystal vase.
5. Can be used to decorate center or side table.

Cranberry Centerpiece

Material Required:
  • Silver /ordinary candle holder
  • Multi-colored silk/plastic ribbons
  • Silver/ordinary plate
  • Dried cones and leaves
  • Dried cranberries

1. Take a silver candle holder and wrap it with silk ribbons in different colours.
2. Take a plate and cover it with small dried cones and leaves.
3. Set the candle holder in the center of the decorated plate.
4. Sprinkle dried cranberries around the candle holder.

Clay Coasters

Material Required:
  • Self-hardening pottery clay
  • Glaze paper (of your choice)
  • Cardboard
  • Rolling pin
  • Scissors
  • Silver/Gold paint
  • Varnish
  • Paintbrush

1. Create a template by cutting a 4-inch flower/square out of cardboard. Cover it with a piece of coloured glazed paper.
2. Take a ball of clay and use a rolling pin to flatten it to 1/4-inch thickness for each coaster.
3. Arrange a pattern of leaves or pine needles atop the clay and gently press them into the clay with the rolling pin, leaving distinct but fairly shallow impressions.
4. Colour the clay leaves so formed with silver/gold paint;let it dry.
5. Add a coat of varnish to add lustre to the leaves or pine needles.
6. Stick them on the sides of the glazed cardboard.
7. Home-made coasters are ready to use.

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