Hello, it’s Kati from Houseful of Handmade again with fun and easy DIY Thanksgiving Decorations. I love making easy seasonal decorations for the table to get the kids excited about the holiday. Maybe it’s because my mom always made holidays special with all kinds of fun activities, decorations and crafts. So I am trying to make the same memories for our kids, and since Thanksgiving can be a left out holiday for decor, I decided it was time to make something special just for it.
I don’t know about you, but I love to decorate for Halloween, then usually wait until a week or so after to take them down (hey, Halloween can be exhausting and I need a cleanse from all that work). Then I don’t feel like it’s worth putting up Thanksgiving decorations for just a week or so, because I am all about decorating for Christmas the moment the pie is eaten. My husband use to fight me on this, but now he is happy to let me have my Christmas wonderland as soon as I want.
Sadly, because of the back-to-back holidays, Thanksgiving is left to just the turkey and pie. But my new way of making sure we get a little Thanksgiving decor is to make easy DIY Thanksgiving decorations for the Thanksgiving table. And bonus, the decorations can double as Thanksgiving place cards or cute Thanksgiving treats (I know my kids love having something to munch on while waiting for the turkey to cook).
For this year’s special Thanksgiving decorations, I decided to go for paper pumpkins. I am a sucker for all things pumpkin, and then these can also be used for decorations all fall. How cute would these be if you drew jack-o-lantern faces on the front for Halloween treats?
Okay, so now that you know all the fun ways you can use these easy DIY Thanksgiving decorations, let me show you just how easy they are to make. Which is good if you are having a huge group over for dinner!
Start by downloading the free template here. Then print the template on a piece of colored cardstock. I used a pale taupe cardstock so they would resemble my favorite white pumpkins that I used all over my house for fall decorations this year. Cut out along the solid lines and score or crease the dotted lines.
I used my Silhouette electronic cutting machine to cut out my pumpkins. I love my Silhouette and use it for so many different crafts and homemade decorations (check them out here). If you have a Silhouette, you can download the cut file for free here.
Glue the two pieces of the pumpkin box together at the bottom. Make sure the pumpkin sides are opposite each other.
Once dried, fold all the pieces up toward the center. Then grab the two stems and press them down so you can loop the holes in the sides over the stems.
Fold the leaf in half along the dotted lines. Cut a 2-3 inch piece of green floral wire. Wrap 2/3rds of the wire the around a pencil. Then fold the remainder over and glue it to the back of the leaf.
Finally, glue the leaf to the top side piece of the pumpkin box with a dollop of hot glue. Make sure you glue it to the side piece that is looped over the stems last so you can open it up again. I just love these adorable little curly wires.
Now you can open it up and fill it full of treats, I chose peanuts because my kids think shelling peanuts is the best thing ever! Seriously, they love it and it entertains them for a long time.
All that was left to do was make a simple Thanksgiving tablescape so we can enjoy a beautiful Thanksgiving dinner. My kids already love their new paper pumpkin boxes.
If you need more fun Thanksgiving ideas, check out these easy (and printable) options.
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