Thanksgiving Decorating that’s Inspired by Nature
Celebrate Thanksgiving’s bounty with these colorful decorating touches borrowed from Mother Nature.
You don’t have to spend a lot of money to get charming, attractive decorations with a harvest-season flair: simply look outside your back door! Many of these design ideas use natural materials you can pick up for free on a fall nature walk. Simply tuck branches, twigs, leaves or nuts into an attractive vase, and you’ve got the beginning of a great look that will last from September through the holidays—or take inspiration from some of these looks to start your holiday home interior makeover.
Simple acorn votives
These fall-inspired votive candle displays can be put together in minutes and will look great on your holiday table, or will add a festive touch to your home for any last-minute house viewings. Place a small candle in the center of a plastic cup. Gather some acorns and layer them in the cup around the candle. Make as many as desired for a shining fall centerpiece.
Mum’s the word when dressing up a pumpkin. To make these bright orbs, cut a lid and remove the seeds and pulp. Using a drill or nail, make holes just wide enough for the flower stems to poke through and insert the flowers.
Display harvest flowers and other fall finds inside clear apothecary jars. Choose attractive, interesting objects that are appropriate for the whole autumn season, starting in September and lasting through Thanksgiving.
Anchor cattails with nuts in tall brown vases for vertical interest. Their rich, earthy tones will put you in the mood for harvest season, and cattails will last all season long.
Natural table touches
Autumn touches of bittersweet, leaves and gourds grace this pretty Thanksgiving table. Start by arranging fall-color pillar candles on a wooden plank in the center of the table, then encircle them with gourds, berries and vines. Let Mother Nature carry through to the place settings of golden yellow dishes by wrapping linen napkins in ribbon and dried leaves.
Name tags with a natural flair
Surround plain name tags with tidbits from nature, such as nut-decorated candies (for dessert), acorns or leaves.
Adding touches of fall to an existing display makes decorating for Thanksgiving a snap. Fill favorite bowls and urns with leaves, berries and small gourds. Once the holiday is over, simply toss the faded natural elements—no packing or storing of seasonal items required.
Eclectic by nature
The natural look often is best left untamed and offbeat. This bouquet mixes faux greenery, ornamental grasses and pheasant feathers with birdseed as filler.
Tip: Rather than filling the entire vase with birdseed, arrange the tall elements in a smaller vase and set inside a larger vase. Then fill the space between the two vases with birdseed.
Keep it simple
Flowers and berries in fall hues are stunning in simple glass jars filled with water. For an easy Thanksgiving centerpiece, line up an assortment of vases along the center of the dining table.
Copper pipe fittings can add subtle shimmer to a Thanksgiving table. Gather ornamental grasses in a bunch and cut the ends flush. Slip a copper fitting around the bouquet to create a Thanksgiving centerpiece. Arrange sprigs of grass in smaller pipe fittings and add a name tag to make place cards.
Tip: If your bouquet will not stand, slip another copper fitting over the cut end of the arrangement to add weight and stability.
Grow your designs
A bit of yellowing grapevine playfully tucked into a green vase gives the all-white dining room a sense of outdoor connection.
Scout the backyard for some shapely branches with character to create a charming tabletop arrangement. Fill a large glass vase halfway with oranges and water to hold the branches in place.
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