These ideas for cheap Thanksgiving home decorations will make your Thanksgiving table – along with the rest of your home – look incredible. With some simple crafts using Dollar Tree items, your DIY Thanksgiving decor can include table settings, centerpieces, candles, mantle displays, wreaths and more – all while staying on a budget this fall holiday season.
How, you ask?
Well, luckily for us, a bunch of supremely talented people from around the internet have taken items from Dollar Tree.
With some simple DIY, they’ve turned them into some spectacular, cheap Thanksgiving home decorations.
And you can do the same by following their instructions below!
Not only is this great for creating something original rather than just buying it off the shelf, it’s also fantastic for saving you some money – particularly given that they each only cost a few dollars (or less!) to make.
With Thanksgiving only coming around once a year, there’s not much point in spending a lot on the holiday if you don’t have to.
So these ideas will make sure that you’re getting the most bang for your buck as you sit down to enjoy your turkey.
How to make these cheap Thanksgiving home decorations
The best way to make DIY Thanksgiving decor is to use a combination of cheap items along with what you already have around you.
Go out into your backyard or a local park that has pine trees and gather some pine cones. Dropped branches can easily be fashioned into something more festive with a couple of minutes of crafting. Maple leaves can also be easily incorporated into a range of Thanksgiving decorations.
You should also look around your house for anything you already have that can be used, such as vases or candles.
It’s also a good idea to start saving jars in the months leading up to Thanksgiving. Just make sure they’re cleaned well before storing them!
When these kinds of things are combined with some basic items from Dollar Tree (or any other cheap local store you might have), the results can truly be amazing.
What to get at Dollar Tree for DIY crafts
Dollar Tree is a goldmine for those of us looking for cheap home decor items that can be crafted into something even more special.
Take a look at some things you can get there that can easily be used to make your home more festive this Thanksgiving:
- Glass vases
- Candleholders and candles
- Glass bottles and jars
- Burlap ribbon, raffia and twine
- Wreath outlines
- Message stencils
- Craft supplies (glue, glitter, scissors etc.)
You may also want to get things like metallic spray paint from Amazon once you’ve decided which ideas you want to try.
This one is available in 16 different colors, including variations of gold, silver and bronze, while this spray paint comes in 12 different colors of glitter – so you’ll definitely find something to cover your craft needs.
Ideas for cheap Thanksgiving home decorations to DIY
Fall Mantle and Table Decorations
These Fall Decorations can be used to spice up your living room or the dining table for your Thanksgiving feast. And the best part is that they only cost $12 in total to make using Dollar Store items!
Cinnamon Stick Place Card Holders
This Cinnamon Stick Place Card Holder is an amazingly simple idea that will look great on your Thanksgiving dinner table. Better yet, it’s super cheap – with some cinnamon sticks and twine, you’re done!
In five minutes and for less than $5, you too can create this beautiful Fall Hurricane! This would make a great centerpiece – and your guests don’t have to know how cheap it was.
Copper Pumpkin Centerpieces
I love these Copper Pumpkin Centerpieces. Not only are they amazingly cheap to make using repurposed Dollar Tree Halloween pumpkins, but they’re so easy to make and look so good, especially with copper being so “in” right now.
Book Page Pumpkin
This Book Page Pumpkin looks so elegant – which is incredible when you consider that it’s simply a wrapped up pumpkin! Place it on a stand similar to the photo from your local thrift store and you’ll have a beautiful Thanksgiving centerpiece for only a few dollars. The hardest part will be figuring out which book to rip pages from…
Simple Thanksgiving Placemats
These Simple Thanksgiving Placemats only cost a few dollars but would be perfect for ensuring the spirit of Thanksgiving is present on your dinner table. You could even do them in different colors with silver or gold paint using these placemats from Dollar Tree.
Metallic Fall Leaves
Another amazingly simple yet effective decor idea! Using the spray paint you bought for doing some of the other options on this list, you can spend just a dollar or so more on these fake leaves and have some beautiful Metallic Fall Leaves to scatter along the center of your table.
Thanksgiving Welcome Sign
Who knew that a $1 metal serving tray could be repurposed so well? This Thanksgiving Welcome Sign is a great way to greet your guests as they arrive for dinner. You’ll need some chalkboard paint to do this but at less than $5, it won’t break the bank.
Glitter Glam Pumpkins (and DIY Pedestals)
These Glitter Glam Pumpkins blew my mind a little bit. For just a few dollars along with some of the metallic paint you’ve hoarded for some of the other DIY decor ideas, you can make these spectacular Thanksgiving decorations. And you could even use the pedestals all year round, making this even better value!
Autumn Leaf Bowl
Useful AND festive? Sign me up! This Autumn Leaf Bowl will look amazing on the table next to your front door this Thanksgiving or perhaps on the mantle to add some fall flair to your living room. And the best part is that it only costs a couple of dollars to make!
Thanksgiving Paper Napkin Rings
These Thanksgiving Paper Napkin Rings may be the easiest DIY piece you’ve ever done. All you need is a printer, tape and some paper of your choice and voila! Cheap and effective, just the way I like it.
Fall Table Arrangement
In less than five minutes and for only a few dollars, you too can have this beautiful Fall Table Arrangement. You could even save money by sourcing some of the pieces from your backyard or the local park!
Pine and Burlap Napin Rings
These Pine and Burlap Napkin Rings are incredibly elegant. And the best part is that they cost literally a few cents to make! For some added inspiration, check out the table arrangement in the photo – if you look closely, it only takes a few different items to make, some of which you may be able to find outside for free.
White Pumpkins and Pine Cones Arrangement
For only a few dollars, you too can make this festively fall White Pumpkins and Pine Cones Arrangement. Use it as a table centerpiece or to jazz up your home this Thanksgiving!
For a great twist on all of the glass vases features throughout this article, take a look at this Pumpkin Vase. This arrangement looks beautifully rustic, although if you don’t have white paint on hand, the copper or silver paint that you’ve used for other pieces would also look amazing here!
Gold Table Decor
…speaking of metallic pumpkins! This Thanksgiving Gold Table Decor looks far more complicated and expensive than it is. Simply grab a couple of fake pumpkins from Dollar Tree, find some pine cones and branches, add a few candles and for less than $5, you have a glistening table arrangement.
Metallic Pumpkin Table Centerpiece
And just to continue the theme, this Metallic Pumpkin Table Centerpiece also looks amazing – while being a great way to reuse some leftover Halloween decorations!
Apple Table Centerpiece
Not only does this Apple Table Centerpiece look divine, but the smell of warm apple filling your house is to die for. As is the fact that all you need to buy is some apples and tea candles to make this incredibly effective centerpiece.
Turkey Tulle Wreath
For a slight change of direction, this Turkey Tulle Wreath is hilariously amazing! With only some tulle, styrofoam and glue, your front door will be the hottest one around this Thanksgiving.
Burlap Bunting Wreath
If you’re not so keen on a turkey wreath, this elegant Burlap Bunting Wreath may be more what you’re looking for. Don’t worry, this one doesn’t need any sewing – once you’ve stencilled the letters, all you need to do is tie it up and you’re done!
This Gratitude Board is a simple, cheap yet effective way to get your family and friends in the spirit of Thanksgiving. The frame and board can even be reused for Christmas or to keep reminders on hand the rest of the year!
If you’re looking at these Sage Candles and thinking that surely they’re not as simple as they look, then you’re happily wrong. And when gathered together or scattered along your dining table (perhaps with some of the metallic pumpkins above), you’ll wonder why you hadn’t thought of it earlier!
I clearly have a pumpkin obsession, but I couldn’t leave these Glitter Pumpkins off this list. For starters, they only cost a few dollars to make and take almost no time at all. Secondly, they’re glitter pumpkins – what’s not to like!
These Gold-Dipped Glasses are a beautiful addition to any table this holiday season. They’re great for Thanksgiving but would also be perfect for Christmas and beyond! If you don’t want to paint your “good” glasses, these wine glasses and champagne flutes from Dollar Tree would be excellent substitutes.
Thankful Pine Cones
As a simple yet cost-effective finale, take a look at these cute Thankful Pine Cones. Send the kids out to find some pine cones while you get Thanksgiving dinner ready and when they come back, all you need is some cardboard, scissors, a pen and twine to add this great little addition to any Thanksgiving table.
Which of these ideas for cheap Thanksgiving home decorations are you planning to make this holiday season?