Looking to impress your in-laws? Want to dazzle your siblings before you start carving the turkey? While it's great to gather the family and give thanks this time of year, it's especially nice to do so in a home that's decorated with a little seasonal flare.
If you want to give your home the Thanksgiving spirit, here are some easy DIY approaches:
This one's very easy, and it manages to kill two birds with one stone by channeling your need to vent gratitude through the creation of an attractive, classy table decoration.
The idea is to bring natural elements into the home, re-use potential waste, and take advantage of Thanksgiving as a time of year for showing appreciation, all in one easy-to-assemble DIY project. Just go find some small branches and/or sticks outside, make sure they are clean, and then bundle them together with a ribbon or some other binding tool.
Once you've got the sticks bound together, place them in a jar or some sort of vessel so that the wood is standing upright and forming the basic shape of a tree. Then, take small pieces of paper, shape them to look like leaves, and write the names of things that you are grateful for on each one. You can use newspaper, construction paper, or your old receipts for that matter! Just have fun with it and don't be shy about sharing your gratitude with the world!
Thought you were done with pumpkins with the final smashing of Halloween in October? Gourds in general are an iconic item for the entire autumn season, and for that reason there are all kinds of decorative projects that you can incorporate a raw jack-o-lantern into.
One of the easiest DIY pumpkin projects is the pumpkin bowl. Just cut a pumpkin in half, scoop out the seeds and interior "guts," and you've got an empty vessel waiting to be filled! It's not totally waterproof and leak-resistant, but if you line the interior and fill it with ice, you've got a pretty seasonallyinspired ice bucket for beverages and/or hors d'oeuvres.
Chalk Greeting Board
Greet your houseguests with a message, or invite them to share there feelings of gratitude with the entire family. Chalkboards make nice adornments for front doors and other areas of the house just about any time of the year, but during the fall it's the perfect decoration.
Capture the old schoolhouse vibe by planting a chalkboard and some chalk in your dining or living area. Or, if it's not too cold where you live, ask your guests to share something they are grateful for on the chalkboard outside of your home's entrance. Either way, they look great and create an interactive opportunity. Just don't forget to dust the erasers!
This one makes for a great activity to share with the kids! What could be more synonymous with Thanksgiving than the turkey? This is a DIY project that can help you get outside, engage your child's creative potential, and fill the home with fun decorations at little to no cost.
First, go out and collect some pine cones by taking a walk around your neighborhood. Then, dive into your art supplies and find some multi-colored feathers (sold in stores), a couple of googly eyes, and some brown felt or paper. The turkeys are easy enough to build by cutting the brown paper into a triangle for a beak, slapping the googly eyes on the cone, and gluing the feathers on to form a tail.
At the end, you'll have a decoration that's fun for the kids to look at and easy to get rid of when the season passes!
No matter how you decorate your home this season, the important thing is to remember that it's all about family and gratitude. Remember to count your blessings, be present with your loved ones, and take care of yourself as we prepare to wrap one year up and start a new one!If you're looking to re-decorate in such a way that entails a little more than a few minutes and some found supplies, we can help with that. Whether you need a new coat of paint on your building's interior or exterior, or you need some professional millwork done, we're your neighbors in the Pacific Northwest to help! Contact us for an easy-to-get quote and professional service from Pro Paint NW … and Happy Thanksgiving!