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“Decorating” for Thanksgiving

In spite of my fairly large collection of Halloween and Christmas decorations, my sum total of Thanksgiving decorations is paltry.

I have a pilgrim girl, a table runner, two leaf votive holders, a basket of assorted pinecones my son and I have collected on walks over the years, a harvest paper decoration that my mother-in-law used to hang in her cubicle at work and a not-so-lovely banner that I made last year.  That’s it.  I guess that goes along with the general attitude toward Thanksgiving decorations.  Clearly they’re not as popular as Halloween and Christmas decorations. I had to take K to Hobby Lobby the other night to get a mask for a school project.  While I was there, I perused the Thanksgiving half-aisle to see what they had.  I found a very pretty china turkey that I really liked, but it was $39.99.  Even at half-off, it’s still out of my price range for a highly breakable decoration.  Just out of curiosity, I typed in “Thanksgiving Decorations” in the search bar on Etsy and 12,795 items popped-up under the “all items” category.  I then checked “Halloween Decorations” which popped-up 37,1888 items under “all items” and “Christmas Decorations” which showed a whopping 117,880 items under “all items”.  Thanksgiving is definitely the loser when it comes to decorating popularity.  Why is that exactly?  I kind of feel sorry for Thanksgiving and I want to do better than this.

I do like the basket of pinecones, though.  They’re pretty and N and I have found a nice variety.  I also stuck a few other found items in the mix to make things more interesting.

I have zero budget for Thanksgiving decorations, so I’ll have to do some web-surfing to see what ideas I find that can be made from already-owned items.  What about you?  Do you have any good ideas to share?

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About sugarshellandbutterknife

I am a work-at-home mother of two, daughter K who is 16 and son N who is 12. I live in a 1956 mid-mod ranch with my children and the love of my life, J. We're slowly renovating our house on a budget and love all things DIY. I hope to make this a place where frugal-minded folks like myself can exchange ideas, gain inspiration and find encouragement to tackle whatever life throws our way.

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  1. Hi! I’ve got to say I love your pinecone basket… Here we don’t celebrate Thanksgiving, but last year I made a magnolia and pinecone wreath that I loved… perhaps you could do something like that… it’s almost free =)

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    • Thanks, Rocio! That’s a good idea. I don’t have a magnolia but I do have a lot of pretty colorful leaves that I could press and preserve to make a fall wreath. I also have a large pine with an abundance of pine cones in my yard, so I have plenty of those, too.

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  2. Maybe it’s because the best decorations for Thanksgiving is the FOOD?? Once the table is crammed full of that, there isn’t room for anything cute 🙂

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    • That’s true! I was just looking at some Thanksgiving tablescapes on Apartment Therapy and, while very pretty, I kept wondering where they would put the food since the decorations took-up all the space. I guess I’m looking for giant paper turkeys to hang in the window, or something, ha ha! Super classy.

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