Believe it or not, Thanksgiving is just around the corner. And if you’re hosting at home, that means you have a couple of weeks to get all your ducks, err turkeys, in a row. If you haven’t started thinking about your esthetic for the day (or evening), this is the point when panic is probably setting in.
Perhaps it’s that you’ve had a particularly busy fall and haven’t had a moment to think about November 23. Or maybe it’s that menu-planning has taken precedence. We get it, catering to your various guests’ food allergies, dietary restrictions, and preferences is important. Either way, now you’re left with a handful of days before Thanksgiving and two choices: Cancel (not really an option) or come up with a game plan. Good news: It’s not too late to create some fun and festive decorations. From place settings and centerpieces, to votive holders and wreaths, we’ve rounded up 10 quick and easy DIY ideas last-minute types are sure to be thankful for.
Use a gold (or white) marker to scrawl words of gratitude across each tag or customize with each guest’s name. Then simply brush with glue and sprinkle with glitter and you’ve got an adorable way to ID seats or even takeaway bags filled with yummy leftovers.
Get the how-to on The Beauty Dojo.
Metallic Leaf Votives
Give tea lights a metallic touch with maple leaf holders. Did we mention they’re super easy and inexpensive to make? For an earthy element, scatter your tablescape with freshly-fallen leaves from outside.
Get the how-to on Twinspiration.
Pumpkin and Floral Centerpiece
A white pumpkin, upcycled from Halloween, is the perfect vessel for this elegant centerpiece. Scoop it out, fill with floral foam, and sprigs of ivory tea roses, eucalyptus, juniper, and kale.
Get the how-to on Jojotastic.
Gilded Pear Place Cards
Want to give your Thanksgiving traditions a glam twist? Try these gilded place cards, starring gold-dusted Bosc pears and printable paper flags.
Get the how-to on Freutcake.
Rustic Fall Wreath
Gourds, pumpkins, pheasant feathers, pine cones, and burlap ribbon create a sublimely seasonal wreath that will welcome guests as they enter your abode. The best part? It takes less than an hour to put together!
Get the how-to on Design Improvised.
Gold-Dipped Leaf Place Cards
Spruce up the kids table with these gold-dipped leaf place cards. Little ones can even get in on the fun by helping choose the foliage—and even some pine cones to round out the organic feel.
Get the how-to on Lark & Linen.
Twig Votive Holders
Votives are a lovely way to illuminate your holiday tablescape. Twig embellishments add an extra special touch and cost almost nothing to make.
Get the how-to on Freutcake.
Bowl Place Card Holder
No kiln required! These bowls are crafted from air-dry clay and gold acrylic paint. If script isn’t your strong suit, you could also use a stamp or even print out guests names.
Get the how-to on Alice & Lois.
Found Object Centerpiece
This rustic centerpiece puts found objects (bowl and antlers) and nature’s bounty (pine cones, apples, buds, and blooms) on display. Creating it is as easy as a quick search through your cabinets and backyard.
Get the how-to on Julie Blanner.
Mini Berry Wreath
Vines clad in yellow, orange, and red berries scream autumn. And because each branch is unique, the wreaths have a really beautiful organic quality.
Get the how-to on Flax & Twine.