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Five-Minute Thanksgiving Decor!

POSTED November 13, 2018

It’s here all too soon – Thanksgiving week – wasn’t it just Halloween? But we can switch gears — and we know you can too — with some ideas from Real Simple, Southern Living, retail life-savers and a few rad bloggers who know how to take a Dollar Store essential and transform it into Thanksgiving décor. Check out these last-minute Thanksgiving decorations for a little holiday flair at a moment’s notice!

Thanksgiving Porch Décor

Somewhere between the jack-o’-lanterns and the Christmas lights are a few turkeys shaking a tail feather for their turn as Thanksgiving décor. But if you’ve waited until now, you’ll be sprinting for the craft store or the nearest Crate and Barrel for some festive Turkey Day adornments (which is Park Meadows, by the way, 15 minutes from Crystal Valley!) 

Southern Living starts at your front door with a few last-minute Thanksgiving decoration ideas like homemade wreaths, mums in pumpkin “vases” and easy fall leaf paper luminaries. If you want your front porch company ready, take a look at these ideas from south of the Mason Dixon line and put them to work for you!

Quickie Thanksgiving Centerpieces

Grab four pillar candles (Dollar Tree in Castle Rock on Allan Way has the four-inch LED candles but you’ll want a couple in varying heights), four lengths of twine — long enough to tie bows — and four fall leaves also from the Dollar Tree or from your front yard – or your neighbor’s! The result when you plop them on a wooden tray or a charger you find at (you guessed it) the Dollar Store is fabulously fall. This last-minute thanksgiving decoration can be put together in a cinch thanks to ThatsWhatCheSaid.

Twin sisters Kelli and Kristi who blog for Lolly Jane, created a two-fer with this elegant white pumpkin (find one about 15 minutes from Crystal Valley at Michael’s in Castle Rock on Allan Way). With a metallic permanent marker and faux magnolia flowers (also at Michael’s) they scripted “Give Thanks” on one side of a big magnolia filled pumpkin, and the other side reads “Hello Fall.” All you have to do is flip your gourd for a different message from one month to the next!

Many a Mason Jar

Architecture Art Designs offers ideas and encouragement – “you can do this yourself!”, and Michael’s has the Ball® mason jars ($1.49/each), paint and faux flowers that will help you put together this idea on Etsy in an afternoon. Pottery Barn has an assortment of wooden dough bowls and troughs (in Lone Tree, about 15 minutes from Crystal Valley) to line up your mason jars for full effect.

Time to call in the creative cavalry? Pinterest will inspire you with dozens of ideas for last-minute Thanksgiving decorations and how-tos for things like no-sew burlap silverware holders, gold-dipped feather garlands and lots of gorgeous gourds!  

Kids Thanksgiving Craft Centerpieces

This is a 36-hour job so start now if you like the idea of a message centerpiece expressing your thankfulness. Blogger Heather at Raising Memories, tasked her little with painting 10 two-inch wooden blocks and then applying – once the paint was dry – vinyl letters with a Thanksgiving message. Great colors, right?

This centerpiece is more fun, but also could turn into a project for the wee ones: A Thanksgiving-inspired pinecone turkey with googly eyes and real feathers. From A Pumpkin and a Princess, these crafts for kids can perch behind the plates or fly front and center to the dinner table!

Table Setting Quickies

Harper’s Bazaar grabbed some snaps from Instagram for a quick Thanksgiving touch to your table, like this metallic gold-painted leaf nameplate. All you have to do once you get the leaves gilded is script the dinner guest’s name on a 1×2-inch card and attach to napkins with twine. Etsy will sell them to you, 12 for $36, but when you’re short on delivery time, you can grab the leaves at the Dollar Tree and the paint at Michael’s plus a little card stock and make your own!

And if you’re in a panic about the meal itself, check out the Fastest Thanksgiving Recipes Ever from Real Simple. From a two-hour turkey with thyme butter, to smashed potatoes (buy fingerlings!) and a cranberry-apple crisp. The menu’s not just complete, it’s easy-breezy!

Don’t like any of these last-minute Thanksgiving decor ideas? Head over to Homelovr for a little imitable inspiration, or visit the Pottery Barn, and grab these cool pumpkin cloches (they might even be on sale!). You can stuff them with mini-LED lights, or slip in a flameless LED candle and they’re an elegant addition for your mantel, dinner or coffee table.

Thankful in Crystal Valley 

We. Are. Thankful. Crystal Valley is an amazing community where neighbors and friends are synonymous. If you don’t live here yet, stop in and tour the nine models from D.R. Horton,  Kauffman Homes and Richmond American Homes. The community is among the top five fastest-growing in the state with new homes priced from the $300s, available in ranch and two-story models.


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