Budget-Friendly Thanksgiving Decor

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I know many stores have already brought out the winter holiday displays, but Thanksgiving is near. Now is the time to start thinking about the joy of being around loved ones and reflecting on the good things that have happened in the past year.

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If you are like me and hosting family at your home this year, you may be looking for tips on budget-friendly autumn decor. Autumn is my favorite time of year. I love the watching the trees display beautiful hues of red and orange, and the smell of cinnamon and pumpkin. If you are looking for some ideas on how to bring fall into your home in time for Thanksgiving, here are some of my favorites.

Pine Cone Garland

This is truly a 10-minute DIY project that requires pine cones and twine. Or, if you want to get fancy, you can use some orange satin ribbon or burlap. If you use twine for this project, pre-cut the pieces the same length to avoid a tangled web instead of beautiful garland. Be sure to create a double note around each pine cone as you go. This garland would be perfect along a fireplace or along a door frame.

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Pumpkin Vases

You can often find plastic mini pumpkins in a dollar store or craft store. Depending on your taste you can paint the pumpkins a different color like white or gold. You can put them in a tall vase and voila! You have a great piece for a side table or even the dining table. If you want to make it more formal you can use a piece of tulle to create a bow on the vase.

Autumn Candles

Candles are easy and fun to work with. All you need to do is purchase some white cylinder candles and the possibilities are endless. Thanksgiving or autumn themed scrapbook paper is abundant this time of year. Cut out strips to glue around the middle of the candle and embellish with raffia. If you want to go with a harvest theme you can hot glue kidney or pinto beans around the middle.

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Thankful Tree

This is one of my favorite things to do around Thanksgiving because it encourages my family members to think about the good things in their lives. A thankful tree can be as simple as pre-cutting hand shapes and allowing loved ones to write their thoughts on them and hang them on a wall. Or as elaborate as using tree branches and pre-cutting leaves for people to write on and hang on the tree.  Whatever you decide, it’s a beautiful visual of thanks.

Whatever you decide, get your family involved. It’s a great way to bring everyone together as you get into the spirit of the holiday. Happy Thanksgiving!

Laila is the creator of Only Laila, a site dedicated to sharing simple solutions for single and working moms. Laila uses her site to share her own experiences as a single mom as well as lifestyle tips for working parents. Her site was recently named by Red Tricycle as one of the Top Chicago Mom Blogs.  She lives in the suburbs of Chicago with her son and his Legos.

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