Decorating with nature for Thanksgiving
Get in the Thanksgiving spirit by decorating your home with various elements from nature. With these decorating tips, you can create beautiful yet inexpensive Thanksgiving centerpieces, wreaths and more.
Create a beautiful fall centerpiece for Thanksgiving by placing pumpkins, squash, corn, nuts, apples and other fall fruit in a wicker cornucopia. If you don't have a cornucopia (you can pick one up at a craft store), use a wicker basket or wooden bowl.
Create a vase for your Thanksgiving dinner table by hollowing out a pumpkin and placing a glass inside to hold fall flowers. Dried flowers arranged with branches look beautiful, but you can use fresh blooms as well.
Poke holes in oranges, tangerines and other fruit with an ice pick or knitting needle. Insert cloves in each hole, making sure the fruit is completely covered with cloves. Place the fruit in a paper bag, along with a combination of ground cinnamon and cloves. Roll the fruit around until it's completely coated.
Leave the bag in a cool, dry place for a few weeks to allow the pomander to dry out, turning the fruit occasionally. To speed up the process, put the bag in the refrigerator. When the pomanders have hardened and dried, they are light and sound hollow when you tap them. Remove pomanders from the bag once dried and shake off any spice. You now can add ribbons and hang them around your home.
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Apple, pears, pomegranates and miniature pumpkins can be used to decorate your home for Thanksgiving. You can use them as bookends on your shelves, line them up in a row along your mantel or turn them into placecard holders at your Thanksgiving table.
To make a placecard holder, place a piece of fruit at each table setting. Write the name of each guest on a card, then glue a toothpick onto the card. Insert the toothpicks into the fruit to mark the place for each guest.
Pressed leaves are an inexpensive way to decorate your Thanksgiving table. They can also be added to your fireplace mantle and other locations around your home to bring in a touch of nature.
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Wreaths aren't just for Christmastime. A Thanksgiving wreath will welcome guests to your home with elements of nature. Start with a wreath form, which you can buy at your local craft store. Add pine cones, leaves and berries in fall colors, securing them with hot glue if necessary. Watch this video to see how to make a simple Thanksgiving wreath.