Take the stress out of the holiday with Thanksgiving table decorations you can make in a flash. It’s a great solution for last minute decorating. It’s also an excellent way to save money without appearing to do so. The trick is simple, use affordable things in inventive ways. To maximize the beauty of these Thanksgiving table decorations you can make in a flash, try to get the required items in advance. But even if it’s too late for that, don’t despair! Each idea comes with an alternative substitute that you are likely to have at home already. Have a beautiful Thanksgiving feast!
#1. Fragrant Bottles Thanksgiving Table Decorations
Alluring fragrance will lend your Thanksgiving table decorations another dimension that your guest will love. The idea is to display wonderful scented bath salts or carpet freshening powders as Thanksgiving table decorations. Ideally, find cheap decorative glass bottles at a craft store, then pour the scented powder or salts inside and place a scented, colored bottle beside each place setting as a fragrant Thanksgiving table decoration. If you can’t find glass bottles, or for last minute Thanksgiving table decorations, you can use small drinking glasses or wine glasses. In the absence of bath salts or carpet freshening powder, just grate a few soap bars. Fill the glasses halfway with the perfumed content, then decorate them with a tied ribbon or a candle (or votive) that you can light just before your Thanksgiving feast starts.
#2. Ribbon Thanksgiving Table Decorations
Take advantage of the stunning Thanksgiving ribbons found in craft stores. Buy a roll of the widest ribbon you can find (preferably with wire edges). After you cover your Thanksgiving table with a tablecloth, wrap the ribbon around the table and tie it in a large bow. Repeat this step to tie a bow at every corner or in several places for a round table. If you have no ribbon, use another tablecloth, a curtain, or even a satin sheet instead. If you can’t tie a knot in the thick fabric, use a rubber band to secure the fabric around your table. Repeat these Thanksgiving table decorations you can make in a flash by tying ribbons or pillow cases around the backs of your dining room chairs. Stick tree branches from your garden or the street to add beauty to the rubber bands, knots or bows.
#3. Fan Thanksgiving Table Decorations
Using Thanksgiving gift wrapping paper, you can make stunning fans on which to display names for each place setting. You can make these Thanksgiving table decorations in a flash if kids or other guests offer a helping hand. Cut a large rectangle of wrapping paper and fold it in half, with the pretty side facing out. Begin folding the paper into a fan at the open end. Make a 1 inch fold and press it flat. Next, turn the paper over and make another fold behind the first (in the identical size). Turn the paper over again and make the next fold. Continue, alternating sides to make the folds until the whole paper is folded. This Thanksgiving table decoration can really be made in a flash if you pre-fold your fans the day before. Then, just tape or glue down the center of the folded paper and lift the sides of the fan toward the center. Glue the left and right sides together to keep the fan open. Finally, use stickers to glue name tags to the fans. If you don’t have wrapping paper at home, use printer paper instead and enhance its beauty by securing the bottom of the fan with a rubber band and slipping tree leaves in it.
#4. Ivy Thanksgiving Table Decorations
Greenery is an emblem of lush beauty, and Thanksgiving table decorations made with silk ivy branches are easy to craft in a flash. Drape ivy from the ceiling or light fixture over your Thanksgiving table. Nail the ivy to the ceiling then festoon it in long, drooping lines. Connect separate strings of ivy into long Thanksgiving table decorations using green craft wire that you can twirl around two ivy ends. Then festoon the ivy around your tablecloth using safety pins. Another way to use ivy for Thanksgiving table decorations you can make in a flash is to twirl ivy around the back of your dining room chairs. For upholstered chairs, secure the ivy in place using safety pins on the sides. For wood chairs, twirl craft wire around the ivy to give it stiffness that will keep it in place.
#5. Harvest Baskets Thanksgiving Table Decorations
Harvest is symbolic of the earth’s bounty, and Thanksgiving table decorations you can make in a flash can easy embody this idea. In a craft store buy a few wicker baskets, straw and plastic corn and apples. Fill the baskets with straw then place the corn and apples amid pumpkins, nuts and acorns. Unlike a real fruit basket, these items will remain fresh even if you prepare this Thanksgiving table decoration a week or two before the holiday. If you have no time to buy special items for this Thanksgiving table decoration just look for a basket or bowl. Fill it with tree branches from your garden or street, then add any fruits and vegetables you can find in the house.
For more Thanksgiving table decorating ideas, check out my article on Thanksgiving-crafts for table-decorating, as well as my article on dazzling Thanksgiving-dinner-table-setting-ideas.
Note: some of the ideas in this article were inspired by Oprah.com: Stress Free Garden Party Decorations.