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5 Ways to Decorate Your House for Thanksgiving on the Cheap

by Emily Abbate on November 7, 2012 at 8:00 AM

Cheap Thanksgiving decorationsThanksgiving is the perfect holiday for fun, fall decorating. An autumn-themed leaf centerpiece for the celebration? A no-brainer. A leaf motif spreading across the hearth of your fireplace? Absolutely adorable! The only problem? The cost. No one wants to spend big bucks to make their homes look grand for the fall celebration. We have other things to spend our hard-earned cash on, like the turkey, stuffing, and cranberry sauce (for starters).

So what’s a decorationista to do? Spruce things up on a budget, of course. From spray-painted luminaries to painted pumpkins -- check out our list of 5 easy ways to decorate your house for Thanksgiving on the cheap:

1. Painted pumpkin centerpiece: Now that Halloween has come and gone, it’s easier to find large pumpkins at a great price. Instead of carving them, which speeds up the rotting process, simply paint the exteriors. Stick to autumn colors by choosing reds, maroons, and browns -- or get fancy by adding a bit of shimmer with silvers and golds.

2. Faux foliage: Head out to your local craft store to buy a slew of fake leaves and berries for your holiday centerpiece. Loads of craft stores have coupons in your weekend newspaper circular and, if you have a smartphone, apps with discounts. My favorite? The Jo-Ann Fabrics & Craft app. Guaranteed you’ll find a coupon for at LEAST 15 percent off!

3. Frames frames, everywhere: You have loads of frames around the house with some of your favorite family photos. Head outside and snag some photos of fall-like scenes before all of the leaves are off the trees. Get your photos developed, and temporarily substitute your standard photos with seasonal ones. Just make sure to keep track of your adorable faves!

4. Stenciled plates: Have a set of old dishes you never use? Turn them into your Thanksgiving finest by stenciling on leaf designs using stencils from a craft store. When you’re done painting on your design, bake in the oven at 350 degrees for 30 minutes so you can actually use ‘em!

5. Reuse your old cans to make luminaries: Using old cans, some spray paint, and nails, you can make seasonal luminaries with whatever design you please. Print out the shape you want from the Internet (leaves, acorns, letters spelling out ‘Thanksgiving,’ or a turkey for the advanced). Then take these easy directions for adorable and seasonal lighted luminaries for your home.

How do you decorate your home for Thanksgiving?

Image via Le Living and Co./Flickr

Filed Under: decorating, holiday decorating, handmades


  • jessi...


    November 7, 2012 at 9:05 AM

    nice tips thanks

  • nates...


    November 7, 2012 at 9:17 AM

    I have pilgrims and turkeys hanging in the house. I also have a big Happy Thanksgiving banner downstairs. It's the first thing you see when people walk into my house.

  • MamaB...


    November 7, 2012 at 12:52 PM

    Were minimalist. I like it simple.

  • Kmakk...


    November 7, 2012 at 4:37 PM

    These are great tips!  We use lots of the fall coloring in our decorations til after Thanksgiving.  Thank you :)

  • mrswi...


    November 7, 2012 at 6:21 PM

    I don't decorate much for Thanksgiving because it is the day we pull out the Christmas deco

  • Leele...


    November 7, 2012 at 7:14 PM

    great tips. I dont really decorate for thanksgiving. I have some of my xmas stuff up by then.

  • ceciliam


    November 7, 2012 at 8:51 PM

    I don't really.

  • dusky...


    November 8, 2012 at 12:12 AM

    Great tips! I just have a fall theme around Thanksgiving.

  • Bmat


    November 8, 2012 at 9:56 AM

    These do sound inexpensive, thank you for the ideas!

  • kellynh


    November 9, 2012 at 9:22 AM
    Cute idea
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