Thanksgiving is coming, the chill is in the air. Soon the turkey will be in the oven and the house will be filled with the smells of the day. Whether you’re having a big family gathering, or dinner with a few friends, enjoy all that the holiday has to offer and celebrate good food, good friends and a festive atmosphere.
To me, decorating the house for Thanksgiving is such a fun part of the holiday. From deciding what type of table setting to arrange, to making a pretty wreath for the door, there are so many ways to decorate for Thanksgiving. Here are a few of my favorite Thanksgiving themed crafts and decorations to make for the holiday.
Do you like to have a bag for every season? This crocheted bag gives you the ability to decorate it for the holiday you choose. Check out the pattern and crochet a Thanksgiving bag or Christmas bag. You could also use the pattern for the turkey to create a stuffed turkey decoration. Lots of versatility with this pattern.
There’s nothing quite like a pretty wreath on a front door to welcome visitors and celebrate the season. One of the reasons why I like wreaths so much is because they are great craft project for anyone to make. It doesn’t matter how talented or experienced you are at doing crafts. You can keep your wreath as simple as you’d like, or get carried away and adorn it with anything you can think of. This makes it a fun project for kids too.
Another reason why I enjoy wreaths so much is because these decorations are ideal for any climate or location. It doesn’t matter if you live in an apartment or house. Everyone has a door, so a wreath always has a place to call home. But let’s say that you don’t have the ideal door for hanging a wreath, you can also put these creations in a window, or hang it on the wall.
Here are a few of my favorite ideas for making your own holiday wreath.
This yarn wreath was created for Halloween, but the technique is one that you can use for any holiday. All you have to do is choose yarn that goes with the holiday you’d like to celebrate and and then choose appliques and accessories that go with it.
How to Make a Yarn Wreath
Start with a Styrofoam, foam, or wicker wreath.
Wrap yarn around the wreath, taking your time to place the yarn close together with no holes showing.
When the entire wreath is covered with yarn, cut the yarn and glue the end using a hot glue gun.
Start adding accents, appliques and decorations to the wreath to create any style, or holiday theme that you’d like.
Another strategy with wreaths is to have a “base” wreath that you use for a couple of holidays and simply change out the accent pieces that go on top. The Halloween wreath above is a good example of that. You could create a yarn wreath in a fall colored yarn that will look good for months. For Halloween you can add white yarn to create a cob-web look and then add Halloween appliques like the ones I highlighted in my post about about Free Halloween Crochet Patterns Add a ghost, felt flowers, felt bat and you’ve made a spooktacular Halloween wreath.
When it’s time to switch to a Thanksgiving theme, simply remove the Halloween items and swap them out for some fall leaves, pilgrims or turkey. The felt designs above are the perfect color combination for a fall wreath. Here’s how to make these easy accent pieces.
Choose several different colors of felt.
Cut out any shape you’d like. Use the same shape for each color. You can either make them all the same size, or make each layer slightly smaller than the one beneath it.
Using a needle, thread yarn through the center of each piece of felt, layering one piece of felt on top of the other. You can tie knots on the ends of the yarn to make it look like the center of a flower. You can also leave the tail coming out the back side of the “flower” if you’d like to attach them to the wreath using the yarn.
Just remember that if you are going to swap out the appliques and details on top, you want to use velcro or something that allows you to change the accent pieces without ruining the wreath below. You can always use glue if you want, you’ll just have to be careful removing the old accessories and the new ones will have to go in the same spot so that it covers up the old glue. Or, wrap a few more strands of yarn around the wreath to cover up the old spots and blend with the existing wreath.
Here are some Thanksgiving accents and appliques ideas to add to your wreath.
This free crochet pattern is perfect for Thanksgiving and is ideal to put on display by hanging on your front door. The pattern was designed by Debi Yorston as a bib to make Thanksgiving fun for kids, but this is an example of where you can take a pattern and turn it into something that fits your needs. In addition to making it as a hanging wall decoration, you could also turn it into a throw pillow, or stuffed turkey decoration to display on a shelf.
Grab your free copy of this cute turkey pattern and crochet one for Thanksgiving. Your family will love having this little fella visiting your home for the holiday. Gobble! Gobble!
Make your mother a bouquet of flowers that she can reuse once Mother’s Day has passed. With this mug bouquet, she’ll be able to use the mug and the artificial flowers all year long.
Although this video shows you how to make a flower mug bouquet, one of the things I like best about it is the technique for wrapping the gift with shrink wrap. It’s a great tip that can be used for any present you may have, whether’s it’s for Mother’s Day, a birthday, or Christmas.
This tutorial uses a premade mug, but how about if you gave her a personalized mug? Now that would be an extra special gift that mum will really love. This gift idea is perfect for any special person in your life, so an Aunt, Grandmother, or teacher would also love this gift.
Looking for a cute Mother’s Day gift idea? This tutorial includes the template you need to create the felt cut-outs to make an “I Love My Mom” banner. Add some magnets to the ends of the banner and you’ve got the perfect way to hang this banner.
Put the banner up so that it greets mum as she goes to open the refrigerator in the morning. Or, hang it across the mirror in the bathroom so that it’s the first thing she sees when she wakes up on Mother’s Day. Kids will love getting creative and decorating these felt cutouts to personalize this sign to show mom how much they love her.
Ornaments aren’t just for Christmas. You can use ornaments year-round to decorate your home for each season, or holiday. And even if you think that ornaments are only for Christmas, that doesn’t mean that you can’t make ornaments all year. Make a batch with the kids and put them away until Christmas when you can put them on your tree, or give them away as gifts.
This ornament tutorial shows you how to make Christmas ornaments using pages from an old book. Add some food coloring to the mod podge and you can create colorful ornaments for any season. And if you don’t want to use an old book, you could use a magazine, comic book, newspaper or greeting card for this decoupage project.
DIY Christmas Ornaments
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This tissue paper garland tutorial was created for a Cinco de Mayo celebration, but I think it’s perfect for any party or holiday gathering. Use whatever color tissue paper that goes with your theme, or with the holiday. So pastels would be perfect for Easter and a red/white combination could be used for Christmas or Valentine’s Day.
This fun craft would be fun to make with the kids. I love that it’s so inexpensive and just takes a little tissue paper to create.
To get a pretty detailed edge on the flowers, Yvonne used an edge puncher. This gives the flowers a level of detailing that you can’t get with scissors, but you certainly could use the same steps in the tutorial to make a flower garland without the use of an edger.
Any gift is more special when you personalize it. With this tutorial you’ll see how to take a plain coffee cup, or mug, and personalize it to make it the perfect gift.
This DIY gift idea is perfect for Christmas, but it can also be used to help you make a gift for your child’s teacher, or maybe for a Grandmother on Mother’s Day. You can also take the technique used in this tutorial and apply it to making decorated plates, serving pieces, or accent pieces for your table.
How to Make a Personalized Coffee Mug
This video is super short, but it shows you a great way to make perfect polka dots.