15 DIY Thanksgiving Ideas for a Beautiful, Handmade Holiday

You can turn your Thanksgiving meal into a memorable event by creating special, handmade touches for your tablescape and decor. We rounded up 15 of our favorite DIY Thanksgiving ideas that will add extra warmth to your menu and to the hearts of your guests.

DIY Decor for Your Dining Table

Photo collage of Thanksgiving DIY Decor ideas including a gold toned floral stenciled vase, an appliqued table runner in cream and grey, and a fresh garland of greens and flowers
  1. Upcycle a plain vase or old bottle into a gorgeous new table accessory with spray paint and vinyl stencils that you make on the Cricut. We love a striking metallic for this project, but you can use what ever paint color suits your table. Fill your stenciled vases with a fresh or dried flower arrangement or drop in some candles for a festive glow.

2. For a runner that will become the talk of the table, try your hand at a reverse appliqué table runner. Reverse appliqué is a signature look of Alabama Chanin, a lifestyle brand and leader in elevated, sustainable design. This technique adds dimension and texture to your cotton fabric.

3. Use seasonal greenery to make a holiday garland. This garland uses a natural branch as a base, and throughout the class, you’ll learn how to create an organic design as well as the basics of wire wrapping. You can even hang the garland on your wall.

Photo collage of Thanksgiving table decor ideas: smaller photo of 3 giving plates with floral designs in bright colors, smaller photo of heirloom embroidered napkins, and a larger photo of a colorful chromatic charcuterie plate

4. A giving plate passes from person to person. You fill it with treats and give it to someone, and then that person takes the plate, fills it with treats, and gives it to someone else. It’s a really fun tradition that you can make even more unique and personalized by painting your own.

5. Here’s a really special project for your napkins. You’ll learn which tools to use to have your guests write their signatures on heirloom napkins, and you can later embroider their names permanently onto the cloth to be cherished for years to come.

6. Make a mouthwatering, edible center piece with a chromatic tablescape. This fun liveshoot will take your charcuterie plate to the next level.

Photo collage of 2 Thanksgiving craft ideas: on the left, a wreath made of paper leaves cut on the Cricut, on the right, a handmade distressed chalkboard with the word "thankful" written in chalk.

7. Paper is a fantastic medium for putting together a festive fall leaves wreath. Cut, score, fold, and attach your paper leaves to a rustic grapevine wreath for a statement piece you can hang on your wall or door.

8. You can use this DIY distressed chalkboard sign to write messages of thanks or display your menu for your guests. Learn how to distress a wooden frame and work with chalkboard paint.

Sweet Fall Treats

9. Homemade pies are beloved by all, but they can be particularly challenging to do well. Learn how to make a perfectly flaky pie crust and discover tips and tricks for handling and rolling out the dough, plus several traditional and decorative pie crust designs that will impress your guests, like lattice crust, cut outs and pretty crimped edges. 

10. After baking your pie, you might need a handy tote to transport it, especially if you’re bringing the pie to your Thanksgiving host. Sew a stylish pie carrier with just two pieces of cotton fabric and cotton webbing straps. So simple to stitch!

11. If you’re baking cupcakes or a cake, making candy filigree toppers will add color, dimension, and bold shapes to crown your treats. Try some beautiful leaves or use your favorite fall motifs.

12. Nothing is more holiday than a delicious cup of hot cocoa. Serve yours with fluffy homemade marshmallows. They also make wonderful host or hostess gifts.

Remember to Give Thanks

13. If you’re attending Thanksgiving rather than hosting, don’t forget to bring something to show your appreciation. If you’re bringing wine, discover creative wine wrapping three ways.

14. Explore making your own DIY gift bags and gift tags with cardstock and a Cricut. You can also add ribbon handles for a clean, professional finish.

15. Even after Thanksgiving is over, dishes washed, and decor packed away, you can continue to practice Living a More Thankful Life. In this 30-day creativity series, the staff at Creativebug shares favorite ways of expressing gratitude, helping others, loving our neighbors, and honoring past, present and future family traditions – all through crafting.

Last but certainly not least, we are so grateful for YOU! Thank you for being a part of our ever-growing creative community and for helping us share creativity with the world. We hope you are taking some time to rest and relax over the next few days. Wishing you and your loved ones a Happy Thanksgiving filled with love, laughter, and creativity.

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