The jack-o’-lanterns are tossed, and the plastic skeletons are packed away in their storage container graves. However, Halloween letdown doesn’t have to be. Now is the prime time to ignore all responsibilities and decorate for the fall. I can’t wait to make my house look even more cluttered by adding Christmas decorations. (At least the décor distracts from the actual clutter, and decluttering is a responsibility I’m happily ignoring.) But before you put up the Christmas lights and tree, we have four DIY fall décor ideas that will look great in your home on Thanksgiving.

Painted Acorns

To my daughter, acorns are more valuable than money. She collects them as she chases her competition, the squirrels, into hiding. This DIY fall décor idea is great, especially if you have a tireless gatherer.

Supplies and Tools

  • Acorns with caps (without holes or cracks)
  • Spray paint
  • Paper towels
  • Super glue
  • Baking sheet
  • Masking tape

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 200 degrees.
  2. Remove acorn caps.
  3. Rinse acorns and caps and dry with paper towels.
  4. Bake acorns on a foil-lined cookie sheet for about two hours and cool completely. (This will make sure the acorns and their potential inhabitants are super dead.)
  5. Tape the acorns to a piece of cardboard. (Place tape where acorn caps once were.)
  6. Paint, allow to dry, and repeat if necessary.
  7. Glue acorn caps onto acorns.

Feel free to play with colors. Paint the caps or leave the acorns natural. Put them in a festive bowl, on a wreath, or on a candle plate. Acorns like these are actually sold in home décor stores, but why pay money when my daughter is part squirrel?!

Easy Burlap Garland

This is one of those crafts that looks awesome, no matter how badly one sews. Seriously, my stitching is horrid. (That’s putting it nicely). Nevertheless, this garland turned out looking pretty sweet.

Supplies and Tools

  • Burlap roll (plain or any fall color)
  • Twine, yarn, or string that will blend in with burlap
  • Yarn needle

Directions

  1. Thread your needle. (Keep string attached to the roll and pull the garland down and the string up when more is needed. This way, you end up with the perfect amount of string.)
  2. Sew stitches about 1”-1½” apart in an “S” shaped pattern.
  3. Gather the garland as tight or as loose as you like.
  4. Tie off both ends and hang it.

This is a very forgiving project, so have fun with it. If you choose a neutral color, you can use it for other holidays. Wrap it around your Christmas tree or find some other way to deck the halls with your masterpiece.

FTD’s DIY Pumpkin Succulents

A fun way to prepare for a Thanksgiving feast is by creating a beautiful table centerpiece. This DIY fall décor is easy to create and can be personalized with your favorite designs and plants! 

Supplies and Tools 

  • Variety of succulents
  • Succulent potting mix
  • Moss
  • Foam pumpkin
  • Stencils
  • Graphite paper
  • Glitter
  • Glitter setting spray
  • Decoupage glue
  • Scissors
  • Tape
  • Hot craft knife
  • Pencil
  • Paintbrush
  • Sharpie

Directions

  1. Cut a hole in the top of the pumpkin.
  2. Cut stencils and graphite paper to size.
  3. Tape the stencil and graphite paper to the pumpkin.
  4. Trace the stencil with a pencil.
  5. Remove the paper and trace the graphite lines with a marker.
  6. Paint decoupage in the areas you want to fill with glitter.
  7. Cover with glitter.
  8. Remove any excess glitter.
  9. Spray with glitter setting spray.
  10. Fill ¾ of pumpkin with soil.
  11. Arrange moss around the rim of the pumpkin.
  12. Add in a variety of succulents.
  13. Display on your Thanksgiving table!

If you prefer a less-cluttered Thanksgiving table, this craft can also be displayed in an entryway, coffee table, or windowsill!

Falling Leaves

Bring the outdoors in with this falling leaves project. Light fixtures are great to decorate because the decorations aren’t taking up any valuable space, and the result is wonderfall!

Supplies and Tools

  • Artificial leaves
  • Clear jewelry string
  • Scissors
  • Needle

Directions

  1. Cut a piece of string to desired length. (My strings are between 18”-24” long.)
  2. Double tie the end.
  3. Thread needle.
  4. Sew on the first leaf.
  5. When the leaf is in place, secure it with another knot.
  6. Tie another knot further up the string for another leaf.
  7. Repeat process until you get near the end of the string.
  8. Tie it up.

Attach the leaves to a broken tree branch and hang it inside. Use real leaves if you have the energy to preserve them. I bought artificial leaves at the Dollar Tree, but you can find much prettier fake leaves. I wanted to keep it simple, so I did it this way this year.

I love these DIY fall décor projects because they’re relatively affordable and easy. However, fall decorating for Thanksgiving can be even easier. For instance, take the leaves for the project above, and simply place them on tables around your home. Purchase those cute little stick scarecrows and place them in house plants. Buy a bag of mini pumpkins to display and call it a day. This way, we can all make our homes feel like fall when DIY time is nil. Happy Thanksgiving, y’all!

Stay tuned to our blog for more ways you can make this Thanksgiving fun and memorable with your family and friends!