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7 Super Simple DIY Thanksgiving Decorations

7 Super Simple DIY Thanksgiving Decorations

It may not look or feel like autumn in much of the United States, but it is still officially fall! And there’s nothing like fall décor to dress up your Thanksgiving table.

Between the turkey, wine, and pie, the cost of hosting a Thanksgiving dinner can add up quickly. Thankfully, you don’t have to spend tons of money to get your house ready for the holiday. You can make your own decorations and tablescapes with one simple ingredient: paper!

We’ve put together a list of simple Thanksgiving decorations and activities to help get you inspired.

DIY Decorations

Fall Flair

Make your home feel like fall inside and out with these easy homemade folded paper leaves.

Folded Paper Leaves Thanksgiving Decorations

Find the tutorial here, thanks to Happy Clippings. Try it with red, orange, brown, or green cardstock!

Flower Power

These brown paper flowers add rustic flair to any Thanksigiving party. If you want to make a more substantial flower, try using Kraft paper instead of brown paper bags. The Paper Mill Store carries a wide range of Kraft papers – check them out here.

Brown Kraft Paper Flowers Thanksgiving Decoration

Learn how to make your own brown paper flowers here.

For the Kids

Paper Pumpkins

These paper pumpkins make a perfect kids craft! They’re easy to create, and they make great tabletop decorations if you use different sizes and colors.

Paper Pumpkin Thanksgiving Kids Kraft

Find out how to make your own paper pumpkins here, and check out The Paper Mill Store’s selection of orange paper and cardstock! Or for added glamor, try metallic paper and cardstock.

A Turkey for Your Little Turkeys

My favorite Thanksgiving craft has always been the classic hand turkey. Get your whole family involved – use different colored paper for every family member to take your hand turkeys to the next level!

Hand Turkey Thanksgiving Kids Craft

Find out how to make your own hand turkeys here. Try making them with fall colors! Shop for cardstock by color here.


Time to Get Stuffed!

Thanksgiving may be about giving thanks, but it’s also about sharing a delicious meal with your loved ones. However you choose to display it, this printable will get your guests in the mood for a turkey overdose.

Let The Stuffing Begin Thanksgiving Printable

Get the free printable here.

The Whole Picture

Getting your entire tablescape ready is as easy as pie with this printable party collection.

Thanksgiving Tablescape Party Printables

Download the free printable collection here.

Appreciate the Little Things

Get yourself and your loved ones into the spirit of Thanksgiving by creating a Gratitude Journal. Not only will it help you appreciate what you have, it will also make a great keepsake in the future.

Gratitude Journal Thanksgiving Printable

Download the free printable here.

Merci, Gracias, Danke!

However your family celebrates the holiday, Thanksgiving is all about appreciating what you have (and maybe a bit about eating delicious food or getting a sweet deal on a new television).

Hosting a Thanksgiving party or cooking a meal for your family can be stressful, but decorating doesn’t have to be! From easy printables to fun kids crafts, these Thanksgiving decorations will add some flair to your get-together without giving you grey hair or breaking the bank.

Steph Schinkel

Steph is an avid crafter, DIY enthusiast, and regular contributor to The Paper who loves to handmake all of her cards. Above all else, Steph is a die-hard foodie with a massive sweet tooth and a deep, soul-consuming love for chocolate.