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Thanksgiving: Four DIY looks for your table

Give your Thanksgiving table a fresh new look with our four DIY decor ideas, complete with table crafts for parents and kids alike.

By Today's Parent

Thanksgiving: Four DIY looks for your table

Photo: Roberto Caruso

Pulling off a memorable Thanksgiving meal doesn't mean you have to stick to the same traditions year after year.

Get inspired by these four looks for your table, including DIY ideas that every family will love.

Modern family

Create a trendy table by choosing a neutral colour scheme and adding a pop of colour through accent pieces (don't be afraid to use a bright shade). Ombré pumpkin-shaped place cards in a complementary hue add a subtle, handmade touch that guests will appreciate.

Try to incorporate similar colours and textures when choosing your place settings. Wooden chargers help add some dimension to the arrangement.

Thanksgiving: Four DIY looks for your tablePhoto: Roberto Caruso

Coloured twigs

Spray-paint twigs and arrange them in clear glass vases.

Thanksgiving: Four DIY looks for your tablePhoto: Roberto Caruso

Pumpkin place cards

1. Download our pumpkin place card template and print out on cardstock, then cut out the shapes. Paint or decorate however you like and use the slits to fit the pieces together.

2. Add a tag with your guests' names, or add them to the pumpkin.

Get the craft here: DIY pumpkin place card

Thanksgiving: Four DIY looks for your tablePhoto: Roberto Caruso

Rock art

1. Use matte white spray paint to cover smooth, flat rocks.

2. Once dry, use a black permanent marker to draw holiday-themed images on them for the table.

Thanksgiving: Four DIY looks for your tablePhoto: Roberto Caruso

Keep it country

Mason jars and simple fall accents will transport your guests to the family farm. Use soft colours and natural fibres for inviting ambience.

Wildflowers will look lovely in a variety of mismatched vases.

Thanksgiving: Four DIY looks for your tablePhoto: Roberto Caruso

Vintage centrepiece

Wrap burlap and twine around Mason jars and bottles (check your local second-hand stores, flea markets or garage sales for cheap ones) to create a pretty rustic look.

Thanksgiving: Four DIY looks for your tablePhoto: Roberto Caruso

Gilded gourds

1. Cover plastic pumpkins in gold spray paint. Let dry, then mist with white spray paint.

2. Repeat with opposite colours on the remaining pumpkins.

Thanksgiving: Four DIY looks for your tablePhoto: Roberto Caruso

Burlap napkin

1. Cut a piece of burlap (about 8 ½ cm by 20 cm). Fold the bottom third up and hot glue the sides.

2. Spray-paint a leaf white and glue it to the front.

Thanksgiving: Four DIY looks for your tablePhoto: Roberto Caruso

Playtime

Keep your smallest guests happy with a fun and interactive table. Let little ones participate in the table setup (and work up an appetite) by heading out to gather leaves and branches that you can incorporate into your centrepiece.

Use craft paper as a tablecloth or runner for them to enjoy drawing on before their meal.

Thanksgiving: Four DIY looks for your tablePhoto: Roberto Caruso

Art supply holders

Coat cans with metallic spray paint and let dry.

Tip: Cover rough tin edges with tape before painting.

Thanksgiving: Four DIY looks for your tablePhoto: Roberto Caruso

Turkey placemats

1. Download and print off our turkey placemat template onto colourful paper. Cut out the shapes and have the kids glue the pieces together. (Or, use plain white paper and let the kids colour the pieces.)

2.
Put the placemats underneath clear plates for a cheap and cheerful place setting.

Get the craft here: Thanksgiving Turkey placemat craft

Thanksgiving: Four DIY looks for your tablePhoto: Roberto Caruso

Thanks-for list

Remind kids what the holiday is all about by having each one write down who and what they are thankful for.

Thanksgiving: Four DIY looks for your tablePhoto: Roberto Caruso

Traditional harvest

Rich colours, fresh fall flowers and soft candlelight create a cozy space as the October chill sets in.

Seasonal and rustic elements make for an easy design: Use local produce (such as squash, turnips, carrots and herbs) to decorate the table. Vases wrapped in corn husks and twine make for elegant centrepieces.

Thanksgiving: Four DIY looks for your tablePhoto: Roberto Caruso

Corn husk vases

1. Use pre-dried cooking corn husks (available at most grocery stores) and inexpensive vases.

2. Hot glue the dried husks vertically onto the case, overlapping them. Trim off any excess corn husks and tie with a piece of twine. Fill with water and seasonal flowers like asters, sunflowers or chrysanthemums.

Tip: To add some colour, before applying the husks, cover each husk using purple acrylic paint and let it dry. Lightly mist with gold spray paint.

Thanksgiving: Four DIY looks for your tablePhoto: Roberto Caruso

Turnip votives

Scoop out a small hole in a turnip, just big enough to hold a tea light.

Thanksgiving: Four DIY looks for your tablePhoto: Roberto Caruso

Scent-filled napkin rings

1. Stamp or print guests' names on cardstock, cut into strips and wrap around the napkins with cinnamon sticks and herbs.

2. Secure with a piece of tape.

Thanksgiving: Four DIY looks for your tablePhoto: Roberto Caruso

Thanksgiving recipes

Thanksgiving: 5 recipes for your family feast> Now that you've set the table with DIY decorations, it's time to set your feast upon it!

Thanksgiving: Four DIY looks for your tablePhoto: iStockphoto

A version of this article appeared in our October 2013 issue of Today's Parent with the headline “Give thanks in style,” pp.101-106.

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