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DIY Easy Thanksgiving Tablescape

This year, we will be spending Thanksgiving Day away from home for the first time, ever! Although I love to prepare Thanksgiving dinners and make elegant and simple tablescapes, I have to admit that I am excited to take a break from the kitchen after 6 consecutive years. But I still want to share with you these ideas so you can make a Thanksgiving tablescape this year!!

Make an easy and beautiful Thanksgiving tablescape with a window box. Free printable napkin ties!

Since we will be away, I admit that I have been slacking in the fall and Thanksgiving decorations department around the house. Today, however, I do have great ideas for an elegant -yet simple- Thanksgiving tablescape. This is a project I made for eHow last year.

Make a Simple Thanksgiving Tablescape

To make this simple Thanksgiving tablescape, you will need various fall gourds, pumpkins, candles, acorns, fall leaves, berries, and moss.

Make an easy and beautiful Thanksgiving tablescape with a window box. Free printable napkin ties!

Below is a suggested list of resources.

  • Rustic window box – if you find it natural, you can stain it as I did.
  • Wood stain, 1/2 pint -I used red mahogany, but you can use any color you like.
  • Spanish moss, 2- 8-ounce bags –  I used brown Spanish moss to fill the bottom of the box.
  • Fall leaves garland – You can find many designs at your local craft store. I found this to be a good one for a good price.
  • Natural or faux gourds – I personally prefer the faux kind; I use them year after year. 
  • Natural pumpkins – find them at your local supermarket. 
  • Pillar candles, 2 – This is optional. I always have some in hand. Flameless candles will work great too.
  • Natural fillers such as pinecones, twigs, acorns, etc.
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How to Make this Thanksgiving Tablescape

Follow these 7 easy steps:

  1. If you choose to stain the window box, start by doing that. Allow 24 hours for the stain to completely dry.
  2. Fill the bottom of the box with a thick layer of moss. Enough to make a bed that will later hold the gourds.
  3. If you are using candles, this is when you place them. I placed mine evenly distributed within the box’s length.
  4. Arrange the garland on top of the moss and around the candles. Place it naturally, there’s is no right or wrong for this step.
  5. Place gourds, berries, pine cones, and/or acorns everywhere in the box, trying to fill empty gaps. Again, there’s no right or wrong.
  6. Flank each end of the window box with big pumpkins. 
  7. Print your napkin ties to complete the Thanksgiving tablescape (instructions below).

Free Printable Thanksgiving Napkin Ties

Your beautiful and elegant Thanksgiving tablescape would not be complete without a personal touch. I prepared a free printable of twelve (2-inch circles) Thanksgiving tags that you can use as you please.

Make an easy and beautiful Thanksgiving tablescape with a window box. Free printable napkin ties!

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Make an easy and beautiful Thanksgiving tablescape with a window box. Free printable napkin ties!
Make an easy and beautiful Thanksgiving tablescape with a window box. Free printable napkin ties!

How To Make The Thanksgiving Tags

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Easy DIY Thanksgiving Tablescape

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Make an easy and beautiful Thanksgiving tablescape with a window box. Free printable napkin ties!

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