For today’s edition of Friday Fun Best of the Web, we’re getting into the holiday decorating spirit. But with Thanksgiving less than three weeks away, and oodles of food and house prep to on the horizon, we’re craving simple, seasonal décor that we can make on a weeknight, over a glass of wine and an artsy documentary (need some suggestions? Try Finding Vivian Maier or Afternoon of a Faun, both available on Netflix), or with family or a crafty bestie in a single weekend afternoon.
We searched the blogosphere far and wide for the best Thanksgiving decorating ideas, and found these five easy, elegant paper crafts. Most require supplies you’re likely to have around your house already—colored or decorative paper, card stock, cardboard, scissors, glue, tape—and a few inexpensive extras you can pick up on your next trip to the grocery store, craft store, or farmers’ market. So clear off the coffee table, pour yourself some of that Malbec you’ve been saving, and get ready to DIY.
This holiday paper wreath is terrific for a lot of reasons: it has an upscale look even though it costs practically nothing to make, you can customize it to a variety of holidays simply by choosing different decorative papers and ribbon, and it’s a great way to involve kids in your holiday crafting by enlisting their help with all that paper-leaf cutting. We also love that you can adjust the scale of the wreath, making one large wreath to decorate a door, or putting together several mini wreaths in varied patterns within the same color palette.
Who could have guessed that a handful of mini pumpkins, a can of metallic spray paint, and some hand-lettered card stock would combine to create such effortlessly adorable place settings? You could run a search for printable templates for the place cards, but we love the idea of hand-cutting the shapes and writing each guest’s name in metallic marker—in the same color as the spray paint. Add some pretty linen napkins, and your Thanksgiving table decorations are done.
This tabletop decorating DIY gives us a serious case of the holiday happies. Simply source some branches from your backyard, and prop them in a vase using blocks of florist’s foam or pebbles. Then cut out a variety of leaf shapes from fall-hued construction paper and stick them to the branches with double-stick or transparent tape. This Thanksgiving centerpiece is likely to get lots of oohs and aaahs from guests, who’ll think you spent days putting it together.
For a truly memorable Thanksgiving, give your guests a take-home memento like these thoughtful printable holiday cards. Either fill them out with a short, personalized note for each guest, or leave them blank, include a pen at each place setting, and ask guests to write what they’re thankful for this year.
This holiday paper craft for a take-home goodie bag is perfect for those who love to show their appreciation through tasty treats. You can make virtually any unfrosted cake or bread to go inside the package, and customize the front by tucking sprigs of greenery, flowers, herbs, or even a pretty fall leaf—in colors that match your Thanksgiving tabletop palette—under the band. Secure the back of the band with double-stick tape or a small, circular monogram sticker.