5 Thanksgiving Projects to Start Now

Ready or not, Thanksgiving will be here before you know it. Get a jump on your Turkey Day prep with these five DIY decorating ideas.

Now that the hubbub of Halloween has passed, you thought you could take it easy and rest on your holiday laurels, right? Sorry, but no — in just a few weeks, friends and family will be ready to celebrate Thanksgiving. So, if you haven't started crafting your Turkey Day decorations yet, now's the time.

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How to Make Marquee Letters

How to Make Marquee Letters

Photo by: Flynnside Out Productions

Flynnside Out Productions

Marquee letters are super trendy (read: super expensive) but with just a few craft-store supplies and globe string lights, you can whip up a set of your own.

Make This: Marquee Lettters

Repurpose Halloween Pumpkins

Thanksgiving Decoupage Pumpkins

Thanksgiving Decoupage Pumpkins

©Marian Parsons

Marian Parsons

Don't put all your Halloween decorations in storage just yet; turn faux pumpkins into a fashion-forward Thanksgiving centerpiece by covering them with trendy upholstery fabric.

Slipcover Past-Their-Prime Chairs

White Slipcovered Chair in Country Dining Room

White Slipcovered Chair in Country Dining Room

If you're handy with a sewing machine, "new" dining chairs could be yours for the cost of a few yards of natural linen. A flirty skirt adds a stylish finishing touch. This project is a great way to unify mismatched chairs or give dated chairs a quick update.

Craft a Colorful Wreath

Mini Pumpkin Wreath Over Chalkboard

Mini Pumpkin Wreath Over Chalkboard

Although the tiny orange shapes covering this wreath look like diminutive pumpkins, they're actually putka pods. A great stand-in for mini pumpkins, the dried organic seed pods don't deteriorate, so your wreath can be displayed year after year.

Make This: Mini Pumpkin Wreath

Make a Bistro-Style Menu Board

Thanksgiving's all about the feast, right? Whet your guests' appetites with an elegant menu board made from an old frame and just a few supplies from the hardware and craft stores. 

Menu On Gold Framed Chalkboard

Menu On Gold Framed Chalkboard

Photo by: Marian Parsons

Marian Parsons

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Freshen Up the Front Door

Photo By: David A. Land (styled by Elizabeth Demos)

(Safely) Fire Up the Fireplace

Add a Farmhouse Feel

Warm Things Up

Make a Ribbon Rose Wreath

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Photo By: H. Camille Smith

Add Woodsy Charm With Firewood

Easily Craft a Rustic Tray

Boost Curb Appeal With Seasonal Color

Add Fresh Flowers

Create a Grand Entrance

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Stack a Chic Topiary

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Put Memories on Display

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Cozy Up Dining Chairs

Spice Up the Guest Room

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Warm Up to New Hues

Photo By: David A. Land (styled by Elizabeth Demos)

Skirt the Issue

Photo By: Marian Parsons

Cozy Up the Outdoors

Add Some Layers

Create a Wall Grouping With Fall Flair

Dress Up Any Space With a Wreath

Give It a White Wash

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Bring the Outdoors In

Make Your Own Marquee Letters

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Fall for Trendy Fabrics

No Centerpiece Necessary

Luxe Meets Lodge

Prep for Cold-Weather Guests

Freshen Up Your Front Door

Warmly Welcome Guests

Take the Celebration Outside

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Turn an Empty Frame Into a Menu Board

Photo By: Marian Parsons

Slipcover Past-Their-Prime Chairs

Use Containers to Spread Fall Color

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Company's Coming

Create Outdoor Living Space

Craft a Rustic Woven Runner

Prep for Cold-Weather Guests

Photo By: Design by Sarah Richardson

Incorporate Candles

Accessorize With Autumn's Hues

Make It Easy for Guests to Get Comfy

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Make-Over Your Mantel

Photo By: David A. Land (styled by Elizabeth Demos)

Try a New Twist on Tradition

Craft a Mini "Pumpkin" Wreath

Give Your Front Porch a Cheery Update

Craft a Glittery Banner

Decorate With Fall Foliage

Photo By: Layla Palmer

Opt for Saturated Shades

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Make a Magnolia Leaf Wreath

Add Traditional Touches

Whip Up a Felt Acorn Pillow

Honor Traditions

©Celebrating Home: Decorating for the Holidays and Seasons from Cannon Falls. Published by Watson-Guptill Publications, copyright 2005. Images and text reprinted with permission.

All in the Details

Decoupage Faux Pumpkins

Opt for Earthy Elegance

Fall for Autumn's Hues

Craft a Gorgeous Wreath

Sometimes Less is More

Glam Up Plain Lanterns

Create a Rustic Welcome

Make a Rectangular Rustic Wreath

Decorate the Front Porch

Craft a Monogrammed Wreath

Create a Rustic Tableau

Opt for Sleek, Simple and Stylish

Seasonalize Your Decor

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