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18 Homemade Thanksgiving Table Ideas That Even the DIY-Challenged Can Manage

There's definitely a time and a place for store-bought table decor. You bet your bottom dollar that we're gonna use cute red and white checkered table cloths on 4th of July and Whitney Port's adorable paper plates for Easter brunch — but for Thanksgiving, carefully curated, homemade tablescapes are totally in order.

We know what you are thinking. Thanksgiving is already hectic enough with the 1.2 million main courses and side dishes we're expected to cook gourmet-style when we're hosting the holiday. Now we have to make our decorations, too? Sounds like a lot to pull off, but we promise with some easy DIY inspiration, you can do it. Of course, you can also enlist the help of friends and family who are attending your feast, because DIY projects are just more fun when you have someone to do them with. 

They're super easy, but these Thanksgiving tablescapes are so gorgeous, your guests won't even know they're DIY.

Originally published November 2015. Updated October 2017.


Decorating with pumpkins and gourds will add touches of fall in no time.

You can make brunch just as festive with rich fall colors.

Mix metallics like silver, copper, gold or brass for a cool, clean vibe.

By keeping all the dishware neutral, your centerpiece will surely pop.

Your table can be very organized too — don't feel that you have to have the "messy" look...

... Or, feel free to let the pieces fall where they may.

Decor doesn't have to cost a lot either, see what you can bring to the table from your garden.

Give your guests a hint of the holidays ahead at your Thanksgiving table.

You'll be surprised how just a few items, like this garland and cheese plate, can really fill up the table.

Keep it simple. These fall pears at each place setting complete the look without adding too much.

Using slices of wood as placemats give the table a unique rustic charm.