Decorating with Nature for Thanksgiving

I'm totally pumped for Thanksgiving!
Even though we've had our Fall/Thanksgiving decor up for a little while, I have to admit that we were one of those crazy, last-minute food shoppers in the grocery store fighting over the only remaining block of cream cheese with another lady in her PJ's last night. ha!
This got me thinking... maybe there are some of you who are just like us, and have kept cooking or (in this case) decorating for Thanksgiving to the last minute. Well, no worries! Today I'm sharing a few, easy, mostly FREE ways to decorate your home before all the Thanksgiving festivities get started!

These little guys fall in abundance. They're everywhere this time of the year and there are lots of different, creative ways to use them in your decorating. One of the most popular ways to showcase them is in a vase. You can cluster them around a candle, or simply use them as filler for a flower arrangement. 
You don't even have to use the entire acorn; the top has great texture for creating a frame, or piece of art that has a lot of visual interest.
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The great thing about nature is that it provides us so many different colors to use, especially in the fall with all the leaves changing. From reds and pinks to golden yellows and bright oranges, there are tons of different shades of leaves and foliage to choose from, if you're looking for a totally free way to add some color into your decorating this Thanksgiving.
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You can mount a single leaf in a frame, or if you want to add even more variation with color, try assembling a simple, natural fall garland and let the unique colors and shapes of the leaves speak for themselves.
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For a bigger impact, cut down an entire branch of leaves, if your tree can spare it. It will add height to a mantel in no time flat. You can also use branches in different kinds of vases or pots for the centerpieces at a dinner table to add color and drama.
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If you find that you've waited a little too long to enjoy the colorful leaves of fall and where you live is heading more towards the winter months, then no worries. You can still use just plain, rustic sticks in your home to bring the outside in. Frame them, glue them around a candle votive, line them up inside a vase or simply bundle them to add movement to your next vignette or tablescape layout.
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Like I said before, all of these ideas are basically free! So if you're looking to add more fall flair to your Thanksgiving decor, take a little time to cruise around outside, think outside the box, and see what types of natural decor you can quickly gather to bring the beautiful colors of the outside, in!


  1. Oh, I have yet to scour the grocery store for Thanksgiving. Luckily, my sis is in charge of the turkey. I just have to figure out a couple side dishes.;)

    Nature's beauty is the best decoration, that's for sure! Happy Thanksgiving!! Kim

    1. I didn't know that mac and cheese is a normal side dish for Thanksgiving. I always thought that you had to have frozen peas. I'm branching out. :)

  2. Such a cute round up. Thank you! Happy Thanksgiving!

  3. What great ideas. So simple yet so beautiful!

    I recently discovered sometimes using items from the outdoors brings in little pests.

    You may want to make a note to mention that if anyone worries about bugs/wildlife/etc. They can place the items in a plastic bag and then into the freezer for at least a day to kill anything.

    A dehydrator will also pull out any moisture from the items too (or the warm setting in the oven...just make sure to watch it constantly in the oven).

    Thanks for sharing!


  4. Great ideas! Love that first picture... need to take a look outside and see what I can dig up! :)

  5. So pretty. Nature is the best thing to decorate with for the holidays :)

  6. I love the decorating with nature items too. It's so festive and lovely. Happy Thanksgiving to your family!

  7. Great ideas! I brought a few branches inside this Fall to use in my mantel decorating, and I plan to reinvent them a little for Christmas :) So, who won the cream cheese fight? I was lucky to snag the last handfuls of fresh green beans at the store yesterday! whew!
    Happy Thanksgiving!

  8. My son and I did the sticks around a glass projecct. We had so much fun looking for the sticks together. The main project was mostly done by me since hot glue was involved, but he chose flowers and pinecones to go around it. It looks pretty cool when lit up with a small candle. Hope you and your family have a great Turkey Day!

  9. What a wonderful ideas.
    Thanks for taking this chance to share about the ideas.
    Happy Thanksgiving...

  10. Happy Thanksgiving, what beautiful ideas to decorate with. Thanks for sharing.


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