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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Red Marquee Letters Spelling "Fall"

How to Make Marquee Letters

Usher in Fall with the warm glow of these vintage inspired 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

Fabric Pumpkins

Thanksgiving Decoupage Pumpkins

Decoupage is back in a big way. Even the gourds are getting into it! These faux pumpkins covered in trendy fabric almost look good enough to showcase year round.

©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

Dining Room With White Slipcovered Chair and Rustic Wood Dining Table

White Slipcovered Chair in Country Dining Room

Slipcovers are a great way to disguise mismatched seating or give dated chairs a quick update. This dining room chair is covered in a white linen slipcover with a flirty ruffled skirt, adding a touch of feminine elegance to this 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

Mini Pumpkin Wreath Over Chalkboard

Instead of making a wreath with bulky plastic gourds, try using putka pods, which are natural dried seed pods that look exactly like tiny pumpkins. This wreath makes an elegant fall statement that can be displayed year after year.

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. 

Framed chalkboard over buffet

Menu On Gold Framed Chalkboard

Elegant meets humble when a sophisticated gilt frame surrounds an inexpensive DIY chalkboard. Place it in the dining room with a thoughtful greeting for dinner guests, or use it to announce the evening's festivities.

Photo by: Marian Parsons

Marian Parsons

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