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How to decorate your house for Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving is a warm and inviting time of year. Make sure your guests feel that way when they enter your abode. Try out these Thanksgiving decorating tips for a beautiful and cozy home.

Thanksgiving decor

Step 1: Clean up

Thanksgiving officially starts the holiday season, so make sure you have a clean canvas to work with before decorating. Concentrate on areas where most people gather, like the kitchen, foyers and dining areas. Touch up scuffs on stair-risers and entry tables so your home looks great as soon as guests walk in.

Step 2: Craft

Thanksgiving is a time to reflect on things that you are grateful for, and you can show that through your decorations. Kids come home with hand-print turkeys or school projects that are always worth sharing. You can even create looks with your kids with items around the house, like these Thanksgiving village people or a turkey.

Turkey paper plate craft

Step 3: Do it yourself

Want a more of a couture look but don’t want to pay the price? This super-cute and easy to make chalkboard banner looks trendy but traditional, and the best part is it can be used for other holidays. You can also look for items around the house to create chic looks, like these hurricane vases that use popcorn kernels and leaves to create fabulous candle holders. Don’t forget to dress up your walls as well! Use printable graphics and thrift store frames to create a wall of thanks that the whole family can be a part of.

leavesStep 4: Look to nature

Sometimes your own backyard can be the best supply store. Use leftover vases to create pine cone or leaf centerpieces for your Thanksgiving table. Don’t live near seasonal foliage? Make it a family affair and travel to the mountains or woods to collect branches and leaves to dress up your house with. If you’re in a time crunch, local craft stores usually carry artificial branches and pine cones. Leaf garlands also make an awesome alternative to traditional centerpieces. You can buy them, but they’re also fun and easy to make.

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