DIY Thanksgiving Table Decorations

IDecorating Your Thanksgivinmg Table love the color palette that surrounds Thanksgiving. The rich earthy, and often vibrant jewel tones, are so warm and inviting. Mixing deep reds with rust oranges and mustard yellows exudes a sense of homeyness that no other color combination can replicate. For this reason it was easy to decide on the color palette for my Thanksgiving table.

Since I have a white table cloth I decided to make sure most of the accents I bring in would be the color or pop of my Thanksgiving table. I layered a vinyl runner that I painted on top of the table cloth. Then I put various size and height candle holders made from metal venting, and used a decorated wreath as the main centerpiece. I also decorated chinese lanterns to hang from the ceiling. To complete the look I put various sized/colored pumpkins, a potted plant inside a ceramic pumpkin and my paternal grandmothers candle holder on the buffet against the wall.

Thanksgiving Table Runner

Supplies:

  • Duck White 10′ x 12″ Shelf Liner
  • Spray Paint Primer – I used Rust-Oleum Ultra Cover 2x Primer in White
  • Fall Colored Spray Paint – I used Valspar 12 oz  Satin Premium Enamel Spray Paint in Royal Garnet and Laofonda Copper
  • Clear Finishing Spray – I used Valspar 12 oz Satin Interior The Perfect Finish Clear
  • Gold Craft Glitter

Directions:

  1. Lay newspaper or drop cloth down so that it will be underneath the entire piece of vinyl when you are painting.
  2. Measure the shelf liner the length of the table, and then add 2″ more than the measurement you get. I like to err on the side of caution so I always add a little extra. It’s easy to cut so do not worry about having to cut off extra later, if necessary.Decorating Your Thanksgiving Table
  3. Paint 1 coat of the primer onto the vinyl. Make sure to be in a very well ventilated area preferably outdoors*.
  4. After 20 minutes spray 1 coat of the color you desire onto the vinyl, waiting an additional 20 minutes for the 2nd coat of color*.
  5. Sprinkle the gold glitter onto the wet paint.
  6. After 20 minutes spray 1 coat of the finishing spray over the whole runner*.
  7. Let dry for at least 24 hours*.

*Read the directions on your primer and paint to see when it is safe to paint again. (Mine said after 20 minutes, but before 1 hour for another coat. It stated 24 hours to be fully dry.)

DIY Aluminum Candle Holders

Supplies:

  • 24″ x 36″ Decorative Aluminum Sheet – The one I have is the Union Jack design
  • Spray Paint Primer – I used Rust-Oleum Ultra Cover 2x Primer in White
  • 2 cans – Spray Paint – I used Valspar  12 oz Metallic Spray Paint in Brushed Nickel
  • Clear Finishing Spray – I used Valspar 12 oz Satin Interior The Perfect Finish Clear
  • Floral Wire – I used Anchor Wire Floral Wire
  • 3 –  6″ Clay Saucer
  • 3 – 4″ Clay Saucer
  • Clear Silicone Caulking  – I used GE 2.8 oz Clear Silicone
  • Metal Cutting Scissors – The Task Force 3 pc Cutting Tool Set worked perfectly
  • 6 – pillar candles

Directions:

  1. Make sure the decorative aluminum  is clean of paper or sticker residue.
  2. Lay newspaper or drop cloth down so that it will be underneath the entire piece of  aluminum when you are painting.
  3. Prime each side of the aluminum and each clay saucer. Make sure to be in a very well ventilated area preferably outdoors*.
  4. Paint each side of the aluminum and each clay saucer with 1 coat of the spray paint*.
  5. Put those aside in a safe place after 20 minutes (or whatever safe time stated, on your paint, to touch), and let dry for 24 hours.
  6. Take the pillar candles and measure them from top to bottom, and then add 2″ more than the measurement you get.
  7. The other measurement will be either 4″ or 6″ based on which saucer you are cutting for.
  8. Using your metal shears cut 6 pieces of the decorative aluminum.
  9. Bend each piece into a cylinder shape.
  10. Weave the floral wire through the holes at the seam where the cylinder ends meet making sure to secure tightly.
  11. Spray paint the outside of the cylinder to make the 2nd coat on the metal, and making sure to cover the floor while entirely, and let dry for 24 hours.
  12. Spray the seam with the wire the same color as the metal, so that the green doesn’t stand out.
  13. After 20 mins spray each cylinder and each clay saucer with the finishing spray, and let it dry for 24 hours.
  14. Place the cylinders on the clay saucers squeezing the silicon spray on the outside of the cylinder in the clay saucer.
  15. Once the caulking has adhered correctly place the candles inside the cylinders.

*Read the directions on your primer and paint to see when it is safe to paint again. (Mine said after 20 minutes, but before 1 hour for another coat. It stated 24 hours to be fully dry.)

Decorating Your Thanksgiving Table

Aren’t these just so fun? They are very different than most traditional candleholders and could make a wonderful hostess or holiday gift.

Notes: The saucers are not needed in order to have the cylinder as a candle holder, but with 3 young children I was concerned about their safety. Additionally I used silicone caulking instead of glue because of the fact that most glues are flammable.

Chinese Lanterns

Supplies:

Directions:

  1. Take the Chinese Lanterns and place the foam stickers any way you’d like.
  2. Place them outside in a well lit area.
  3. Hang the lanterns over the table, and they should be charged to use as lights.

Decorating Your Thanksgiving Table

The dining room, and the table are ready for Thanksgiving. I’m so thankful to have an amazing family to share this wonderful and fulfilling (both in spirit and food) day.

Decorating Your Thanksgiving Table

Happy Thanksgiving!!!

Candice

Disclosure: This post was written in conjunction with Lowe’s Creative Ideas. Lowe’s compensated me for the supplies to create a Thanksgiving table. The above opinion is my own swayed only by my inner Fashionista.

About Candice


Candice lives in Los Angeles, CA with her husband, 3 kids and dog. You can read all about budget-friendly fashion, beauty, accessories and home decor items on her blog Fashionably Organized. As someone who loves to talk, sometimes too much, you can find her on Twitter @FashOrganized, or on other sites she contributes her writing to. Candice’s big dream is to someday succeed in embodying the humor of Lucille Ball, and the poise of Grace Kelly all at the same time, of course all of that and a fabulous wardrobe.

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  • Anonymous

    I love decorating for Thanksgiving! It’s the only time I go all out for the table setting. I love the candle holders you made!

  • Andrea (PARENTise)

    I love these ideas.   I have to make those candle holders!  

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  • Anonymous

    I love the lanterns!  And they are something that I can TOTALLY do!  Not going to get to them, but putting them on my pinboard on Pinterest for Christmas!

  • http://www.bargainbabe.com Yazmin

    Love the candle holders! You can also use your Halloween pumpkins, if their still around, to decorate. You can cut the top and add flowers.

  • http://www.mypersonalfinancejourney.com My Personal Finance Journey

    Great idea! I love the Chinese lanterns but it won’t go with my motif. Thanks for sharing! :)  

  • http://www.westphillymama.com West Phillly Mama

    Very festive!

  • http://twitter.com/beccabernstein Becca Bernstein

    Love the Chinese Lanterns! What a fun addition!

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