Simple and Cheap Thanksgiving Decorations

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Nature brings its boldest hues this time of year. Save yourself some dough this November with these eco-friendly, cheap Thanksgiving decorations straight from the backyard or local nature area.

Pinecone Garland

Inexpensively spruce up any room with this classic craft, which is especially fun to create with tiny gatherers. Plan your coniferous treasure hunt early in the season to ensure enough time for stringing up your children’s loot.

Edible Centerpieces

Tastefully add style to your dinner table with gourds, greens and locally-plucked flowers and grasses. Not only will you add vibrant color and interesting texture, but you can have just as much fun eating it as you did making it.

Cinnamon Stick Candles

Warm up a room without burning your budget. To make these cheap Thanksgiving decorations, take inventory of supplies you might already have at home, such as barely used votive candles, twine and hot glue sticks. Add accents with leaves, pine cones and other seasonal treasures from your backyard.

Pressed-Leaf Place Cards

Use fallen or pressed leaves and scribble-friendly brown parchment paper placemats to personalize place settings. Use gold or silver ink on place cards, and write: “I am thankful for …” on place mats to get guests started.

Thankful Tree

Another fun way to display gratitude in your home is with a thankful tree. Bring in a few sticks from outside and push them into some dirt in a planter. Then, have everyone in the family write something they are thankful for on leaves cut out of colored paper. Little ones who can’t yet express through written word can draw pictures. Secure the leaves to the limbs of your “tree” with raffia or string.

Corn Husk Wreaths

Simple to make and easy on your wallet (costing less than $20), these cheap Thanksgiving decorations are beautiful on your door or above your mantle. Corn husks can be found at most supermarkets.

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