Simple and Cheap Thanksgiving Decorations

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Nature brings its boldest hues this time of year. Save yourself some dough this Thanksgiving with these eco-friendly 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. Take inventory of supplies you might already have at home, such as barely used votives, twine and hot glue sticks.

Pressed-Leaf Placecards

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.

Corn Husk Wreaths

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

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