DIY Thanksgiving

Affordable Thanksgiving Decor Ideas

Delicious foods fill the table. The family gathers around to enjoy the feast. But something is missing from this equation. The holiday doesn’t feel as festive as you’d like.

Decor can be the secret ingredient to transform a standard Thanksgiving into a holiday to remember. These four picture-perfect, penny-pinching Thanksgiving decor ideas can help set the mood without breaking the bank.

Leftover Halloween Decor

If you haven’t packed up your Halloween decor just yet, give it another look first! A lot of Halloween decor can do double-duty as Thanksgiving decor. Gourds and pumpkins that haven’t rotted still look seasonally appropriate. If you have artificial pumpkins, gourds, or leaves, even better. And if your artificial pumpkins happen to have creepy jack-o’-lantern faces, don’t worry about it! Just turn that side away from guests or block it with other decor items.

Dollar Tree

Dollar Tree offers a lot of great deals, but its seasonal decor is particularly hard to beat! If you hit it at the right time, you’re likely to find wall and tabletop decor. Since each item is just $1, decorating for Thanksgiving can be super affordable! However, you may want to get to Dollar Tree soon because items that sell out may not be restocked.

Natural Items

Since Thanksgiving places a strong focus on the harvest, natural items can fit well into a holiday decor scheme.

Some items that you find in your backyard for free can help transform your indoor space. Acorns, twigs, and other natural materials may look beautiful, but they could also harbor insects. If you want to decorate with these natural items, Entangled Harmony offers helpful guidance on how to dry pine cones, acorns, twigs, and more.

You could also hit the grocery store and buy food items that can double as decor. You can use squash, apples, pumpkins, corn, and/or other fall produce to decorate your table, then eat them when the holiday is over.


Making your own decor can be fun, but it can also yield unique and creative Thanksgiving decor. There are plenty of DIY fall decor ideas out there. While the materials for these projects could get pricey, most projects are still a lot cheaper than buying a similar item from a boutique or home furnishing store.

What do you do to decorate your home for Thanksgiving? Share your tips and tricks in the comments section below!

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