How to Bring the Outside in This Thanksgiving

Add some natural, rustic charm into your house with these 7 easy-to-make designs.


Autumn Leaf Backdrop

Photo by A Joyful Riot

If your hosting duties leave you zero time to think about decorating (or maybe you’re just a big procrastinator), this backdrop idea can be completed the day-of.  Get the kids to help you collect the best-looking leaves from your yard, then curl a piece of tape so it’s double-sided and stick to each leaf (this makes it easy to remove without leaving any marks). Attach to the wall in a pattern or design of your choice.

Photo and idea from A Joyful Riot. Get instructions here.


Log Centerpiece

Photo by Jenna Burger Design

If you’re not afraid of a little drilling, this centerpiece is relatively easy to make, but sure to impress. Take a log and drill holes that are big enough to fit small votive candles. Plop the candles into the holes then add accents like pumpkins, pinecones, and leaves around the log. When guests start arriving, light the votives, sit back, and enjoy the “Oohs” and “Ahhs.”

Photo and idea from Jenna Burger Design. Get instructions here.


Leaf Wall Art

Photo by Tattooed Martha

Ever found a big, beautiful leaf that almost looked too good to be real? Well now you can preserve it and get a new piece of art for your wall, too. Take a piece of poster board or canvas and write your favorite quote or words on it with permanent marker. Then brush a thin layer of Mod Podge all over the board, with a thicker layer in the center where the leaf is supposed to go. Carefully smooth the leaf flat on the board, let dry, and admire your brand new piece of fall-inspired art.

Photo and idea from Tattooed Martha. Get instructions here.


Painted Acorn Garland

Photo by At Home in Love

This playful garland can be hung on your mantel or in your window. Take a few handfuls of acorns and dry them out (or you can cheat and buy a bag from Etsy). Paint the tops and bottoms of the acorns in your favorite hues—this could be a fun project for the kids, too. When the paint dries, tie the tops of the acorns along a piece of string.

Photo and idea from At Home in Love. Get instructions here.


Fallen Leaf Lantern

Photo by Make+Haus

This gilded lantern will be a showstopper in any room, plus it’ll set the mood by giving off a soft glow. Take a paper lantern and some leaves and spray paint them gold. Then glue and layer the leaves onto the lantern, with the stems facing up.

Photo and idea from Make+Haus. Get instructions here.


Fresh Herb Garland

Photo by The Flair Exchange

This is a garland that not only looks good, but also smells delicious. Use herbs from your garden or leftover ones from your Thanksgiving prep. String the herbs with twine and display on your mantel—it’s really that easy!

Photo and idea from The Flair Exchange. Get instructions here.


Leaf and Flower Mobile

Photo by A Joyful Riot

A fall foliage mobile makes for a whimsical, fairy-tale accent. Wrap twine around an embroidery hoop and secure with glue. Then take an assortment of fall leaves and blooms to hang from the hoop with embroidery floss or ribbon. When you’re done, use the floss to hang the mobile from your ceiling—it will look great above a buffet or dessert table.

Photo and idea from A Joyful Riot. Get instructions here.