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10 DIY Thanksgiving Decorations

Tis the season for holiday decorations. Try these DIYs to spruce up your home for Thanksgiving.

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Thanksgiving crafts don’t have to be limited to the classroom. You can have some quality time with your kids at home, or even save some money by making your own decorations. Below are several ideas to get you started.
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Toilet Paper Pumpkin Family Handyman

DIY Thanksgiving Decorations for the Bathroom

It’s easy to turn a spare roll of toilet paper into a cute pumpkin decoration. A festive-colored bandana and a stem are all you need. For the stem, I used a shell from my bookshelf. A cinnamon stick from some potpourri would also do the trick while giving the bathroom a festive scent.
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Paper Bag Turkey Doggy Bags

These cute doggy bags are a fun craft for the whole family. Make them ahead of time and fill them with goodies for a pre-party snack. Or send leftovers home with your guests in these DIY Thanksgiving decorations.

To make these turkey doggy bags, all you need are glue, construction paper and paper bags. Trace your hands to create the turkey’s tail, and make the head the shape of a bowling pin. Fold the legs like an accordion and glue them to the bottom of the bag. You can get creative with the shape of the eyes, beak and feet.

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DIY Cornucopia

To make a DIY Thanksgiving cornucopia, start with a triangle of chicken wire. Curl it into a cone and cover it with burlap. You could leave it at that, or you could hot glue straw or twine over the burlap. Fill it with flowers or gourds and use it in your Thanksgiving tablescape along with one of these Thanksgiving centerpieces; Don’t forget to add name place cards to complete your holiday table. If you have more guests than your table can accommodate, there are always ways to make sure everyone has table space.

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Thanksgiving Painted Pumpkins

Pumpkins aren’t just for Halloween. Paint them with Thanksgiving phrases and place them on your counter or front step. Use them to make pumpkin pie after your guests go home, or add them to your compost pile.

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DIY Garland Thanksgiving Decorations

A garland is another easy DIY Thanksgiving decoration. Cut out turkeys or leaves and string them on twine across doorways and windows. This decoration folds up for easy off-season storage.

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Paper Turkey DIY Thanksgiving Decorations

Paper crafts make great DIY Thanksgiving decorations because you probably have all the necessary tools and materials on hand. Fold the paper tail feathers like an accordion to add some fun texture. Or cut different shapes for a more personalized tail.

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Pinecone Turkey

Craft feathers, googly eyes and a pinecone come together to make this adorable little turkey. Use them to decorate your mantle for Thanksgiving. When Thanksgiving is over, repurpose the pinecones in another holiday display.

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Festive Thanksgiving Bouquet

Pumpkins make delicious desserts and gorgeous fall décor. Cut off the top and scoop out the seeds, then fill it with your favorite fall flowers. Fake flowers will work if fresh aren’t available.

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Paper Cup Turkeys

These paper cup turkeys are a good craft for little and big kids. For little ones, pre-cut the feathers. Big kids can trace and cut their own.

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Pumpkin Turkeys

If woodworking is your thing, these funny pumpkin turkeys are the DIY Thanksgiving decoration for you. Use a jigsaw to cut the parts out of wood. Paint them in festive colors and stick them into pumpkins.

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Fall Flower Wreath

Wreath making is a handy hobby for every holiday. Start with a plain grapevine wreath and adorn it with flowers or fall foliage. Use reds and yellows for a Thanksgiving wreath.

Looking for other ways to decorate your house for Thanksgiving? You can grow a vibrant Thanksgiving cactus to add a splash of color indoors or ease into the season with a Thanksgiving tree.

Mikayla Borchert
Mikayla is an assistant editor for Family Handyman, specializing in indoor and outdoor gardening, organization and décor. She has one cat and holds a B.A. in English from the University of Minnesota. Outside of work, she likes running, skiing, hiking and tending her balcony garden.