It happens every year — I plan & plan for Thanksgiving dinner, only to realize a few days before that I’ve neglected the centerpiece. Usually, I just toss a few candles on the table and call it done, since I’ve already spent my Thanksgiving budget on the turkey & trimmings.
But, this year, I have Pinterest on my side!
I have found several gorgeous, autumn centerpieces that utilize things I already have on hand. That makes it easy on the budget and time — leaving me free to bake. Check out my favorite, frugal decor for the Thanksgiving table:
Apple Candle Holder
Once upon a time, I sold Pampered Chef. This was my favorite trick with the apple corer, and boy did I sell a lot of them! All you have to do is core an apple and insert a taper candle. It's simple and elegant.
Acorns in a Jar
These natural table decorations are a fun way to keep the kids involved — let them hunt for acorns & nuts to use on the table. Via Better Homes & Gardens
Branch Candle Holder
Chalk another one up in the "Why didn't I think of that?" column. It's also another project the kids will enjoy — have them collect sticks to glue around a candle holder. Via Web Ecoist
Dried Fruit Candles
Slice citrus rings and dry in the oven for a few hours to add a festive flair to your candles. Via Good Housekeeping
Dryer Duct Pumpkin
How brilliant is this? What a fun way to use up the extra dryer duct work! Via House of Helpworths
I love the idea of adding fall decor & candles to a wire basket. I think you could put together a good look with any basket you have — just fill it with apples, pumpkins, and fall leaves. (If your basket isn't wire, skip the candles!) Seasonal Love
Go ahead & play with your food! I love this fruit kabob turkey. It's a fun way to dress up the table and provide a healthy fruit for Thanksgiving dinner. Via Wish Farms
Grains & Beans
I've never thought about all the lovely, Autumn colors of corn, beans, and peas. Fill vases, apothecary jars, and candle holders for a colorful centerpiece. Via All You
Painted pinecones really dress up a table. My girls are out of school on Wednesday, and this is so easy it may be the perfect activity for them. Via Sun Hats and Wellie Boots
Pumpkin Candle Holders
Like the apples, this is a simple way to add color & light to the Thanksgiving table. Yeah, I kinda love candles. Via A Pumpkin and a Picnic
Pumpkin Flower Pots
We have one pumpkin that didn't get carved for Halloween. I've been saving it this gem! I think I'll pickup a colorful mum that I can plant later. Via Martha Stewart
I love the idea of using your decor to display gratitude — a Thankful Turkey
is another cute option. I'm considering simply letting the girls write what they're thankful for on some old fabric leaves to sprinkle across the table. Via How to Have It All
Tissue Paper Glasses
Layering just one sheet of tissue paper creates these colorful layers. I love it because you can use mismatched jars, vases, and candle holders to create one look. Via Martha Stewart
Upside Down Wine Glasses
Ooh — what a beautifully simple votive holder. You can turn wine glasses over flowers, mini pumpkins, pinecones & anything else you have around. Via Jar of Paper Clips
Wine Glass Lamp
Use your wine glasses right side up this time to create luminaries for your table. Via Dollar Store Crafts
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What’s decorating your table for Thanksgiving this year?
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