9 Simple Thanksgiving Decorations That You Can Easily Do Last Minute

Hosting Thanksgiving can be a long and arduous ordeal. From defrosting and cooking the turkey, to baking countless pies, to finding your table's missing leaf — it's no wonder you forgot all about the decor. While there's no shame in keeping your aesthetic simple, sprucing up your home to feel a little more festive can be a quick fix. Here are nine simple Thanksgiving decorations that can be completed last minute and your guests will never know the difference.

1. Drape a pine cone garland or three.

While A Beautiful Mess has instructions for four gorgeous DIY Thanksgiving garlands, this pine cone and wooden bead creation is best for stylish last-minute decor. With a little hot glue and twine, you can finish this masterpiece while watching an episode or two of your favorite Netflix show.

2. Turn wine bottles into candle holders.

Looking for really simple Thanksgiving decorations? Create seasonal candleholders with this easy DIY project from Style Me Pretty that repurposes clear wine bottles in different shapes and sizes. The end result will add vintage flair and rustic charm to your holiday tablescape.

3. Make nature-inspired place card holders.

Liven up each place setting and delight your dinner guests with these simple Thanksgiving decorations. Just pick up a bag of walnuts and follow Cupcakes and Cashmere's simple instructions to personalize each stunning, nature-inspired place card holder.

4. Throw some framed art into the mix.

drawing of fall leaf displayed in rustic wooden frame
credit: A Night Owl

If you only have fifteen minutes to spare, try out this easy-peasy DIY project from Kimberly over at A Night Owl. All you need is a wood frame and a printer. And bonus: The frame doesn't even need glass.

5. Create a white pumpkin centerpiece.

fall-inspired tablescape with mini white pumpkins and seasonal foliage
credit: Ella Claire

Hurting for a centerpiece? Tie a little twine with these festive leaf-shaped tags (find the printable at Ella Claire), to the stems of mini white pumpkins to set the Thanksgiving mood at your holiday dinner party.

6. You'll be thankful for these placemats.

If you're not the sparkly type, don't feel pressured to cover your Thanksgiving table in shimmering decor. Instead, opt for a simpler approach like these DIY kraft paper place mats from Chelsea Petaja.

7. Customize a table runner.

Thanksgiving inspired DIY burlap table runner
credit: I Spy DIY

Dress up your table with this DIY burlap table runner from Jenni over at I Spy DIY. Urge your guests to "Give Thanks" — or whatever else you'd like the table to say — using black paint and a letter stamping set.

8. Print out a little entertainment.

In all of the last minute hustle and bustle, don't forget about entertainment. Molly from Almost Makes Perfect has done all of the hard work for you by creating this fun game of Thankful Bingo. Now all you need to do is click print.

9. Throw some dried wheat in a vase.

Not into colorful fresh blooms? Not to worry. You can still be festive and bring the outdoors in by filling a few vases (or pitchers) with bundles of dried wheat. The end result, as seen with Neelam from Patterns and Prosecco's beautiful tablescape, are seasonal and simple Thanksgiving decorations.


Jamie Wiebe

Jamie Wiebe

Jamie is a freelance writer based in Denver, Colorado, who writes about real estate and interior design.