Get inspiration and ideas for how to decorate for Thanksgiving without breaking the bank! Learn the best tips and tricks for buying cheap Thanksgiving decorations that look expensive and discover a few simple DIY projects to try too!
I always get excited about fall!
I love everything about this season, and decorating is definitely at the top of the list.
Thanksgiving is right around the corner so it’s a good idea to prep ahead, especially when it comes to decor.
If seasonal decorating seems out of your budget, I have some excellent, budget-friendly options for decor, as well as DIY Thanksgiving ideas that might do the trick.
And of course, my favorite cheap Thanksgiving decorations will always look stunning and elegant. 😉
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Thanksgiving Decorating Tips
Decorating for Thanksgiving is similar to fall decorating – in that you use the warmer colors and natural textures – but there are also a few things specific to the month of November that are fun to play with in your decor.
When should I start decorating for Thanksgiving?
I would encourage you to decorate for fall as early as the beginning of September and then add your “Thanksgiving” elements after Halloween.
How do you decorate for Thanksgiving?
Begin by decorating with basic fall elements – like I discuss in this post.
Then, add a few “Thanksgiving” specific items (like those listed below) to your decor around the beginning of November.
Thanksgiving Decor to Add to Your Fall Decor
- Give Thanks Sign
- Thankful Yard Flag
- Decorative Turkeys
- Thanks Pumpkins
- Happy Thanksgiving Watercolor Sign
How do you make Thanksgiving table decorations?
If you’re looking for DIY projects, scroll down to the bottom of this post for 10 tutorials from fellow bloggers.
If looking for some decor to buy and put together a Thanksgiving table, visit the “Thanksgiving Table Decor” section below!
Affordable Thanksgiving Decorations
Decorating for the seasons should be fun, not stressful. 😉
If you have a small decor budget (like I do!) then try buying just one new item a year.
There are honestly a ton of lovely decor options for Thanksiving that cost less than a dinner out!
Thanksgiving Home Decorations Under $25!
No matter what you’re looking for decor-wise this fall, I’ve got you covered.
From table decor, to mantel decor, to DIY projects – there’s something for everyone here!
Thanksgiving Table Decor
Whether you’re hosting a formal meal or just setting a table to enjoy during the season, these simple table setting decor pieces are lovely and super affordable!
- Candles are one of my favorite ways to dress up a table – try these classic tapers on some gold candle holders!
- Add a touch of elegance to your Thanksgiving table place settings with these lovely “thankful” gold napkin rings.
- This buffalo check runner can be used for just about any season, including Thanksgiving!
- Casual jute chargers bring in the fall feels for a festive tablescape!
- Add a touch of texture to your table with these fringed linen napkins. The cream color makes them a great option for all seasons too!
Thanksgiving Mantel Decor
Spruce up your fireplace mantel with some of these fun items!
Don’t have a fireplace? No problem – try them on a console table or open shelving. 🙂
- These gold taper candle stick holders are one of my favorite ways to add height to a mantel.
- White pumpkins are a great way to add the Thanksgiving feel to a neutral decor scheme – and the best thing about this ceramic pumpkin is it can be used every year!
- Use these bittersweet picks for Thanksgiving and then into Christmas too!
- Remind people of the season with this cute “give thanks” canvas sign.
- I am a huge fan of garland on my mantel and this lovely goldenrod garland would be perfect for Thanksgiving!
- The classic Thanksgiving colors in this simple hops arrangement is perfect for all of the fall season!
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More Elegant Thanksgiving Decorations for Cheap
- These decorative turkeys are so stylish and cute! Place them on a hearth or the table during the month of November.
- Snuggle up with this orange chenille blanket (also available in yellow or red!) for a cozy Thanksgiving evening.
- This faux orange berry stem would look lovely on a table, mantel or shelf!
- I love the phrase “Be Grateful” on this pillow rather than the traditional “thankful” phrases you typically find.
- Celebrate the holiday with this lovely watercolor Happy Thanksgiving sign.
- Add some Thanksgiving themed florals to your home with this stylish faux wildflower and cotton stem bundle.
Affordable Thanksgiving Decorations from Amazon
Amazon is one of my favorite places to shop for decor because you can get it just a day or two later with Prime!
You can shop my entire Amazon storefront (where everything is under $50!) here.
Here are a few of my favorites for Thanksgiving:
Cheap Thanksgiving Decorating Ideas
Traditional fall colors have an undeniable charm and they will always work for Thanksgiving decorations.
However, I’m also one to appreciate modern Thanksgiving decor ideas with unique color schemes and accents which is why you will find both styles among my picks.
Whether you are looking to put together a pretty vignette, decorate your mantel, your shelves or your table, check out these brilliant Thanksgiving decor ideas.
I’m sure at least a few of them will perfectly complement your home’s current style!
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Seasonal vignettes are so charming and this one has lovely muted colors with subtle more traditional accents.
November Vignette from housebyhoff.com
Who knew a simple table runner made with white pumpkins, greenery, and berries could look so amazing? This is a cheap Thanksgiving decor idea with a classy, natural look anyone can make.
Mini Pumpkin Table Runner Thanksgiving Centerpiece from julieblanner.com
The Cricut is the perfect tool to help you create quick and easy crafts such as this delicate Thanksgiving tray that’s perfect for mantel décor.
Tray Decoration Ideas For Thanksgiving from thecountrychiccottage.net
If you were considering trying a non-traditional approach to your Thanksgiving décor, this glam centerpiece and table décor with metallic accents are definitely worth a try.
Modern Centerpiece & Thanksgiving Table Decorations from prettyprovidence.com
Modern rustic décor is the perfect style to use for Thanksgiving and I’m sure these brilliant ideas will inspire you!
Thanksgiving Mantel Decorations from makingtheworldcuter.com
I love new and interesting color schemes for decorating and these muted greens and blues are just gorgeous.
Thanksgiving Table Ideas from designimprovised.com
This centerpiece made using an old truck is very charming! So is the rest of this modern, farmhouse home tour sprinkled with beautiful fall decorations.
Thanksgiving And Fall Home Tour from cleanandscentsible.com
The colorful gourds make this modern Thanksgiving table look so vibrant and inviting, don’t you think?
Thanksgiving Table Decor Idea With Gourds from sugarandcloth.com
Upcycled crafts are highly satisfying and I would definitely call this pretty rustic turkey centerpiece a total success.
Turkey Makeover Neutral Thanksgiving Decor from lizmarieblog.com
Blue is not a traditional Thanksgiving color although it works perfectly in this modern farmhouse décor scheme.
Modern Farmhouse Thanksgiving Decor from sisterssuitcaseblog.com
There are so many easy ways to enjoy Thanksgiving if you’re a DIYer and I have some fun crafts for you to try.
These Thanksgiving DIY projects are frugal, easy to make and they will surely impress your guests.
From table decor to centerpieces, wreaths, and garlands, there are so many cool things you can make this Thanksgiving with inexpensive materials and you will definitely get lots of praise for the results.
Time to get your DIY on!
The Cricut machine is truly wonderful and one of the easiest ways to have gorgeous Thanksgiving décor on your table.
DIY Thanksgiving Decorations With Cricut from oleanderandpalm.com
If you love glam décor these cute pumpkin candle holders might be the perfect project for you to try this fall!
DIY Gilded Pumpkin Candle Holders from theblondielocks.com
Any modern rustic Thanksgiving table would look even more fabulous with this beautiful pumpkin menu.
DIY Menu Pumpkin from themerrythought.com
Making a Thanksgiving sign doesn’t need to be difficult, especially if you own a Cricut!
DIY ‘Gather Here’ Sign With Free Cut File from persialou.com
This Gratitude Tree isn’t just a wonderful Thanksgiving family activity but it’s also a simple and very decorative paper craft.
Gratitude Tree With Acorn Favors from thehousethatlarsbuilt.com
How cool is this DIY Thanksgiving pie stencil? An easy way to decorate your pies that everyone will love!
DIY Thanksgiving Pie Stencil from stephaniewhitetravels.com
No need to make expensive purchases for your Thanksgiving table décor. Try this DIY floral place card project instead to end up with something unique and creative for your décor.
Mini Bouquet Thanksgiving Place Cards from lovelyindeed.com
Sometimes simple ideas are the best, just like this elegant Thanksgiving banner made with floral wire and greenery.
DIY Thanksgiving Greenery Garland from homeyohmy.com
This wire pumpkin wreath is gorgeous as is, but even more amazing when it’s lit. Definitely worth making!
Thanksgiving Fall Pumpkin Wreath from lilyardor.com
Thanksgiving wall art is a must and if you appreciate minimalism, you will love these easy to make DIY banners.
Minimal Thanksgiving Banners from francoisetmoi.com
So, what do you think – did I give you enough tips and ideas to get your home decorated for the season?
I hope you feel empowered and find some fabulous Thanksgiving decorations on a budget!